AS A SENIOR (2011): Made season debut in the circle against Delaware (Feb. 19), allowing one earned run in two innings of relief, striking out one Blue Hen hitter ... tossed a scoreless inning out of the bullpen against Marist (Feb. 27) ... earned first career save against Maryland (March 5), hurling an inning of one-run softball ... worked a scoreless frame in a 14-0 home shutout of St. John's (May 1), combining on a five-inning no-hitter with fellow senior Jody Valdivia.
AS A JUNIOR (2010): Returned to the field for the first time against Eastern Michigan (March 23) since a knee injury sidelined her for the 2009 campaign ... tossed 2.0 innings against the Eagles in the home-opening series, striking out two with an unearned run ... tallied an RBI against George Washington (Feb. 27) during a pinch-hitting cameo ... threw 0.2 innings at DePaul (April 22).
AS A SOPHOMORE (2009): Missed the entire season with a knee injury.
AS A FRESHMAN (2008): Stepped in as a designated hitter for the Irish early in the year and developed into the team's starting catcher during a midseason stretch ... credited with her first career at-bat at Florida (Feb. 24) ... got on base by drawing a walk versus Pacific (March 1) ... ripped a single in her only at-bat against Towson (March 14), also seeing her first defensive action from behind the plate in that contest ... scored a run at Charleston Southern (March 14) ... stepped in to pinch hit in the bottom of the fifth in the home opener against IUPUI (March 26), and drove in the game-ending run with an RBI double to left-center in the 8-0 shutout win ... made eight starts from April 6-15 and was credited with 66 putouts ... over a fifth of those came in game two with Eastern Michigan (April 19) when she called the shots for pitcher Jody Valdivia's 14-strikeout performance - the most recorded by any Irish pitcher on the season ... also singled and walked against the Eagles in the first game of that twinbill ... worked the counts to earn free passes against Seton Hall (April 6), Villanova (April 13) and Rutgers (April 14) ... crushed a double against Kent State (May 17) during the NCAA Tournament ... assisted on four putouts.
PREP AND PERSONAL: As a junior, had a tremendous spring as she hit .647 with seven home runs, 40 runs scored and 78 RBI at the plate for Hollywood Christian (Fla.) ... from the mound, she posted a record of 16-3 with a 0.50 ERA ... first-team all state as a sophomore, junior and senior ... first-team all-Broward County from 2005-07, as named by both the Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel ... Miami Herald's Pitcher of the Year in 2006, and the Sun-Sentinel's Player of the Year that same season ... two-time team captain and MVP ... led team to a pair of Florida state titles and two runner-up finishes ... Hollywood Christian valedictorian in 2007 ... senior class president ... active in community's Big Brothers/Big Sisters program ... National Honor Society member from 2005-07 ... won school's most outstanding female underclassman award in 2006 ... given school's Esther Award for Christian Leadership in 2007 ... daughter of Jane Cassidy and John Kelly ... has three siblings, Caroline, Quinn and Ava ... enjoys listening to classical music ... had never seen snow until she came to Notre Dame in 2007 ... graduated with a degree in history from the College of Arts & Letters.
Kelly's Career Statistics