Notre Dame softball team reflects on second NCAA Regional on campus in program history
Notre Dame enters regional final Sunday looking to make program history
Notre Dame's historic run to a home regional halted after Wildcats score two in the 7th
Notre Dame scores 29 runs in 10 innings to advance to final day of NCAA South Bend Regional
Notre Dame and Northwestern face off at 3 p.m. (ET) Saturday at Melissa Cook Stadium
Notre Dame softball vs. Ohio State (photos by Jason Roberts)
Notre Dame vs. Fordham, game one of the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic (photos by Jason Roberts)
Irish defeated #23/25 Louisville 6-3 and Jacksonville 9-1 in five innings (photos by Skip Tapp).
The Irish made their 15th straight appearance at the NCAA Championship in 2013.
Notre Dame defeated Rutgers 11 runs to 2 during the first game of the Third Annual Strikeout Cancer Weekend.
HONORS AND AWARDS:
2015 NFCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region Third Team
2015 Notre Dame Co-Captain
2014 NFCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region Second Team
2013 All-BIG EAST Conference Third Team
AS A SENIOR (2015): NFCA Mid-Atlantic all-region third team selection ... ACC Academic Honor Roll ... tied two-time All-American Megan Ciolli ('05) for the all-time Notre Dame stolen bases lead with 76 career steals ... also tied for sixth in runs scored (158), and was among the top 25 on the Notre Dame career triples (6, 19th) and hits (202, 21st) lists ... led all Irish players in plays reaching by way of a fielder's choice (40), and was second in times reached base on error (33) since the statistics began being record in 2001 ... batted .351 with a career-high 59 hits and 46 runs scored in 57 starts ... led all players in the ACC by stealing 29 bases on 30 attempts (.967) -- stolen base total was the second-most during a single season in program history, while the stolen base percentage was the highest for any player who attempted at least 15 steals in a single season ... a total of 47 of 59 hits were officially scored infield singles ... compiled a 12-game hitting streak that was the second-longest among all players during the season ... posted a .989 fielding percentage in 180 chances at second base, recording a career-high 94 assists with only two errors ... RBI single and a stolen base during season opening win over Utah (Feb. 6) ... reached base twice and scored two runs in a win at No. 6 UCLA (Feb. 6) ... perfect 4-for-4 outing with an RBI and two runs scored in a win against Central Arkansas (Feb. 14) ... roped two hits at No. 16 LSU (Feb. 15) ... 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored in a win over former ACC foe Maryland (Feb. 19) ... logged two hits and two stolen bases, scoring one run against Georgetown (Feb. 27) at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic ... stole a pair of bases during an ACC series opening game at North Carolina State (March 7) ... tacked on one RBI in each game against North Carolina State (March 8), Campbell (March 10) and North Carolina Central (March 11) ... 3-for-3 with two stolen bases and three runs scored in ACC home opening win over Georgia Tech (March 21) ... two singles, a steal and a run scored against IPFW (March 25) ... finished with four total hits and two RBI in an ACC sweep of No. 24 Virginia Tech (March 28-29) ... 2-for-3 with a stolen base and two runs scored against Eastern Michigan (April 1) ... stolen base and two runs in the first game of an ACC series at Pittsburgh (April 3) ... had a hit and scored a run in six straight games from Western Michigan (April 7) through Bowling Green (April 14) ... scored a pair of runs in Strikeout Cancer series opener against Syracuse (April 18) ... 2-for-2 with two stolen bases and two runs scored in a win over Toledo (April 22) ... 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored against Ball State (May 15) during the opening game of the NCAA South Bend Regional ... 2-for-2 with a steal and three runs scored against Northwestern (May 16) the following day ... added a run during second NCAA South Bend Regional meeting against Ball State (May 16).
AS A JUNIOR (2014): NFCA Mid-Atlantic all-region second team ... all-ACC Softball Academic Team selection ... posted best career batting average with a .359 final clip, adding 52 hits, 10 RBI, 11 sacrifice hits, 20 stolen bases and 39 runs scored ... stolen base total was the fourth-most among all players in the ACC ... batted .393 (22-for-56) with runners in scoring position ... 42 of 52 hits were officially credited as infield singles ... recorded 12 multiple-hit games during the season ... finished ACC play with a .368 league batting average, seven stolen bases and 17 runs scored in 21 starts ... 2-for-2 with an RBI single, two stolen bases and two runs scored at Jacksonville (Feb. 15) during the JU Tournament ... chipped in an RBI the following day in a win over No. 23 Louisville (Feb. 16) ... registered two singles in a Notre Dame win over UC Davis (Feb. 21) ... 2-for-3 with a double, two stolen bases and an RBI against Fordham (Feb. 28) at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic ... went a perfect 3-for-3 with a stolen base and two runs scored later in the tournament against Radford (March 1) ... logged two hits, a stolen base and scored one run in Notre Dame's first-ever ACC game at Georgia Tech (March 8) ... 3-for-4 with two stolen bases, an RBI and a run scored in ACC series finale at Virginia Tech (March 16) ... finished with two singles, a stolen base and a run scored against Ball State (April 1) ... scored a pair of runs after reaching base twice the following day against Michigan State (April 2) ... 3-for-4 with two runs scored in a win over No. 7 Florida State (April 13) ... scored a total of five runs in a three-game ACC sweep at Virginia (April 18-19) ... two base hits, a stolen base and three runs scored against Valparaiso (April 24) ... drove in two runs and scored two more in series opening game against Boston College (May 3) ... added a pair of runs scored in the nightcap against the Eagles (May 3).
AS A SOPHOMORE (2013): Named to the all-BIG EAST third team ... two-time BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll selection (Feb. 11 and April 8) ... ranked fourth on Notre Dame with a .316 batting average - overall average was second among Irish slap hitters ... tied for the BIG EAST Conference lead with four triples ... also ranked in the league's top 10 in runs scored (44, 5th) and stolen bases (17, 7th) ... tied for second on the Irish roster with eight sacrifice bunts ... reached base 12 times on infield errors, and 11 times on infield fielder's choice plays ... .557 success rate (49-for-88) in advancing runners was third on the team ... 69 assists at second base were the third-most by a Notre Dame infielder ... chipped in two singles during first game of the season against Wisconsin (Feb. 9) ... 3-for-6 with an RBI, two stolen bases and a run scored in second game against the Badgers (Feb. 10) ... 3-for-4 with a run batted in, two steals and three runs against Presbyterian (Feb. 10) ... ripped two hits, including a triple, and scored three runs against Liberty (Feb. 23) ... drove in two runs and scored a pair more against Boston College (March 2) ... 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored the next day against LIU Brooklyn (March 3) ... logged two base hits against UC Davis (March 9) ... registered four hits and scored seven runs in series at Seton Hall (March 23-24) ... 2-for-3 with a double against Green Bay (March 28) ... two RBI, three stolen bases and five runs scored in twin bill at Georgetown (April 3) ... logged three hits and two RBI in series finale against Villanova (April 7) ... posted four hits and scored three runs in series against Rutgers (April 13-14) ... scored four runs in series sweep at Pittsburgh (April 20-21) ... scored winning run in BIG EAST regular-season championship clinching game at Melissa Cook Stadium against No. 9 Louisville (May 5).
AS A FRESHMAN (2012): BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... posted a .286 batting average with 36 hits ... tied with Chloe Saganowich for the team lead in triples (2) ... 29 runs scored led all Notre Dame freshmen ... second on the Irish with 10 stolen bases in 13 attempts (.769) ... 2-for-4 with a stolen base in first career start at San Diego (Feb. 17) ... contributed a single and a run scored against Ohio State (March 3) ... career-high two RBI at Loyola Marymount (March 13) ... stroked two hits, including a triple, and scored one run against Western Michigan (March 27) ... chipped in an RBI double in the first game of a doubleheader against Toledo (March 28) ... reached base in all three plate appearances against Northwestern (April 4) ... back-to-back two-hit games at home against Michigan State (April 24) and Seton Hall (April 25) ... scored two runs in the series finale at Providence (April 29) and against Eastern Michigan (May 2) ... scored a career-high three runs in a second round BIG EAST Championship victory over St. John's (May 11).
PREP AND PERSONAL: Led Penn (Ind.) to three conference titles as a prep player ... named all-state, all-conference and team MVP as a junior ... Northern Indiana Conference MVP in 2010 ... finalist for Indiana's Gatorade Player of the Year in 2010 ... second team all-conference and all-state in 2009 ... holds school records for highest batting average (.594), hits (59) and stolen bases (41) in a season ... totaled 159 hits and 162 runs scored during first three seasons of high school competition ... played on the club circuit with Indiana Magic Gold under head coach Kim Clay (father of former Notre Dame player Alexia Clay) ... member of Key Club, Big Brothers / Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity and DECA ... daughter of Ann and Bill Simon ... oldest of three children ... graduated with a degree in information technology from the Mendoza College of Business.
Simon's Career Statistics