2000 BIG EAST All-Rookie Team
AS A SENIOR: Capped her stellar career with an outstanding campaign in 2003, cementing her spot as one of the top-five players in Notre Dame history ... finished as the Notre Dame all-time leader in walks (87), stolen bases (60) and runs (164), while also ranking in the top five in home runs (2nd, 31), RBI (3rd, 148), fielding percentage (4th, .977) and batting average (.347) ... joined Terri Kobata, Jennnifer Sharron and Jarrah Myers as the only two-time All-Americans in Notre Dame softball history, earning third-team honors from the NFCA and Louisville Slugger for the second straight season ... sixth consecutive Notre Dame player to earn the conference player of the year award, hitting .383 in conference play with 21 hits, two home runs and 15 RBI ... second BIG EAST Conference player to earn the championship Most Outstanding Player award two consecutive years, capping her tournament performance with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Villanova 4-3 ... also landed all-BIG EAST honors for the fourth-straight season, joining Jenny Kriech (1999-02) and Jennifer Sharron (1998-2001) as the only Irish players to accomplish that feat ... just the second player in Notre Dame history to finish the season with a batting average over .400 (Meghan Murray, .422, 1997 & .402, ‘96), in hitting .402 in 2003 (team-high) ... led the team all major offensive categories, including batting average (.402), runs (43), hits (68), doubles (12), home runs (nine), RBI (42), slugging percentage (.657), on-base percentage (.466) and stolen bases (18) ... compiled 20 multi-hit games, 11 multi-RBI games and a team-best 15-game hit streak from April 13 - 29 ... named BIG EAST Player of the Week on March 3 ... served as the catalyst for Notre Dame’s 20-game win streak in April, going 34-75 at the plate (.453) with four home runs, five doubles and 20 RBI ... also was eight for 10 stealing bases, posted a .523 on-base percentage and scored a team-high 23 runs during the month ... top season single-game performances included two for four with three RBI vs. Villanova in the BIG EAST Championship, followed up by a three for five, two RBI game vs. the Wildcats to claim the BIG EAST title ... opened the season going two for four with an RBI vs. South Florida ... had two hits in three consecutive games vs. NW State, Louisiana-Lafayette and McNeese State at the Louisiana Classic ... had four hits during the NCAA Regional in Ann Arbor, Mich., including a two-run home run vs. Oakland ... appeared in 53 of 55 games for the Irish, starting all 53 games at third base ... provided the game-winning RBI in seven games and scored the game deciding run in 10 contests.
AS A JUNIOR: Established herself as one of the top players in the nation with a stellar season, leading the team in hitting (.377) while belting 12 home runs and driving in 43 runs ... earned NFCA third-team All-America honors ... has also claimed a spot among the top defensive players in the nation ... committed just eight errors at third base in 2002, many of which (six) came after she broke a finger on her throwing hand after getting hit by a pitch against Seton Hall on April 7 (she also came back to hit a home run in the second game of the doubleheader against the Pirates) ... landed first-team all-BIG EAST honors for the third consecutive season in 2002 ... was also named the BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Player with six hits, seven RBI and two doubles during the five-game tournament ... ended up with 17 multiple-hit games and 12 multiple-RBI games ... also enjoyed the team’s best hitting streak, posting a hit in 12 consecutive games from April 17 - 30 ... provided five game-winning hits during the season ... one of her top single-game offensive efforts came in the second game at Pittsburgh, as she went two for five with three RBI, two runs scored and a home run ... belted a home run in both games of a doubleheader against Indiana State, finishing the two games with five RBI, three hits and five runs scored ... was three for four with two RBI, three runs scored and a home run in the second game at Seton Hall.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Earned first-team all-BIG EAST honors after hitting .377 in conference action with 17 RBI and seven stolen bases ... had five game-winning hits and scored five game-winning runs in 2001 ... started all 61 games ... first home run of the season came vs. #4 Washington in Notre Dame’s 3-2 victory ... that homer tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth inning, setting up the Irish victory in the bottom of the seventh ... doubled off the wall to begin the seventh inning vs. #18 South Carolina, eventually scoring the winning run on an Alexis Madrid single in Notre Dame’s 1-0 victory ... laid down two instrumental sacrifice bunts in Notre Dame’s 5-3 victory over Chattanooga ... began what would turn out to be a great Spring Break trip with a two-for-three performance in the second game of a doubleheader at #24 Cal State Northridge ... scored the game-winning run after a double (finished two for three with an RBI) in Notre Dame’s 2-0 victory at Long Beach State ... led the team in hitting vs. #5 Oklahoma, going three for three at the plate ... continued her hot hitting at the Kia Klassic (Fullerton, Calif.) against Hawaii, going two for three with her second homer of the season ... that home run proved to be the game-winning hit and run vs. the Rainbows ... made a diving stop of a line shot in the bottom of the seventh vs. #10 Arizona State, allowing the game to move into extra innings where the Irish earned a 5-1 victory ... went two for four against #9 Cal State Fullerton ... stroked a double to key a two-for-two, one-RBI, two-run performance in the first game at Purdue ... went two for three with a stolen base and run scored in Notre Dame’ 6-0 victory at Connecticut ... hit what would prove to be the game-winning home run in the second game against the Huskies in Notre Dame’s 1-0 victory ... had the game-winning triple that scored Lizzy Lemire in the fourth inning of Notre Dame’s 6-0 victory over Loyola-Chicago ... doubled twice in game one at #10 DePaul ... continued to punish the Blue Demon pitching in game two, going one for two with a double and the game-winning RBI on a sacrifice fly in the top of the first ... hit a solo home run in the sixth inning of Notre Dame’s 2-1 loss to Seton Hall in the first game of the 2001 BIG EAST Championship.
AS A FRESHMAN: Started all 61 games at first base in 2000 ... one of three freshmen (Andria Bledsoe, Alexis Madrid) in Notre Dame’s starting lineup ... named 2000 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year ... also a first-team all-BIG EAST selection and a member of the BIG EAST all-rookie team ... saw some playing time at third base ... first on the team in stolen bases with 17 and first among starters in fielding percentage (.989) ... one of seven Irish players to earn first-team all-BIG EAST honors ... led the team in conference hitting with a .400 batting average ... finished second on the team in runs scored (41) and third in home runs (five) ... posted nine multi-hit and nine multi-RBI games ... scored six game-winning runs and had eight game-winning RBI ... first career hit was an RBI double in the team’s second game of the season vs. Southern Utah ... belted first career home run against UC Santa Barbara, a three-run shot to drive in the winning run ... tied a school record for home runs in a game with two in a win vs. Texas in back-to-back at-bats, driving in the winning run ... had four games with three RBI ... three for three with two runs scored and two RBI, including a home run, in a 9-0 victory over Villanova.
PREP & PERSONAL: Earned 10 letters in softball, basketball and track and field at Riverside Poly High School ... played catcher and third under head coach Ed Jones ... helped Poly to three Ivy League Conference championships ... a four-time all-conference and all-city selection ... four-time team MVP and team captain her senior season ...earned Amateur Softball Association (ASA) All-America honors in 1998 ... summer ball team is the Southern California Athletics ... member of the ASA 18-and-under and 12-and-under national championship teams ... 14-and-under team was national runnerup ... four-time MVP and two-time team captain in basketball ... placed ninth at the state track meet in the shot put as a sophomore ... set a school record in the shot put with a toss of 40-2 her sophomore year ... member of the Spanish Honor Society and a scholar-athlete all four years at Poly ... born Nov. 25, 1981, in Hampton, Va. ... graduated in May of 2003 with a management information systems degree from the Mendoza College of Business.