#NDSB30 Top Five: 2000s

Part two of the defining moments of the last 30 years of Notre Dame softball


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Honors & Awards


  • NFCA All-American (Third Team), 2004
  • NFCA All-Mideast Region (First Team), 2002, 2003, 2004
  • USA Softball National Player of the Year Initial Watch List, 2004

    BIG EAST Conference

  • Player of the Year, 2004
  • First-Team All-Conference, 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Player of the Week (4-19-04)

    Enters the 2005 season as one of the top outfielders in the nation ... a textbook triple threat hitter (bunt, slap, hit away) who ranks among the top offensive players in Notre Dame history ... ranks second on the all-time list for batting average (.367), tied with Katie Marten (1994-97) and behind Meghan Murray (1994-97, .380) ... ninth on the all-time hits list with 212 ... other career rankings at Notre Dame include ninth in home runs (10) and fourth in stolen bases (43).

    AS A JUNIOR: Adjusted to a move down in the lineup, batting third for most of the season ... responded with career highs in hits (81), doubles (12) and stolen bases (20) ... became the sixth-straight Notre Dame player to earn the BIG EAST Player of the Year award ... followed up by earning NFCA third-team All-America honors ... also earned first-team all-BIG EAST honors for the third straight season ... compiled a stellar offensive statistical season, appearing all over the single-season record book including sixth in games played (67), fifth in at bats (204), fifth in batting average (.397), seventh in runs scored (44), tied for third in hits (81) and second in stolen bases (20) ... greatly increased her aggressiveness on the basepaths swiping almost twice as many bases (20) in 2004 as her first two years combined (23) ... posted 22 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI contests ... ended with seven game-winning RBI and crossed the plate with the game-winning run six times ... compiled a 10-game hit streak from 4-24-04 through 5-02-04 ... memorable performances during the 2004 season included (in chronological order): three for three with two steals vs. #2 California (2-1 Irish loss) ... four for four with a home run and three singles vs. Portland State ... three for four with three runs scored and an RBI vs. Princeton ... three for five with an RBI at #4 Florida State ... four for four with three runs scored vs. Maryland ... three fof four with a run scored vs. Eastern Michigan (game two) ... drove in two insurance runs in the seventh innning at Indiana (4-0 Irish victory) ... two for three with a home run vs. Western Kentucky ... went five for seven in the doubleheader with Providence ... hit .563 over the week from April 12-19, helping Notre Dame win three games and earning her first career BIG EAST Player of the Week award ... ended up two for three with two RBI in game one vs. Virginia Tech.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Moved to the lead-off spot in the Irish lineup and responded with 64 hits, a .356 average and 39 runs scored ... earned first-team all-BIG EAST honors for the second straight season ... also earned NFCA All-Mideast Region honors for the second consecutive year ... matched her home run output from her rookie season with four round trippers in `03 ... recovered from a rough start defensively, committing all five of her errors in the first four weeks of the season ... fourth on the team with 12 stolen bases ... posted 17 mulit-hit games and three mulit-RBI performances ... had five game-winning RBI and scored the game-winning run in four contests ... had a team-best four hits in game two vs. Valparaiso, going four for four with two RBI and a home run ... went three for four with three RBI, a double and a home run vs. Connecticut (game two) ... key player for the Irish during the BIG EAST Championship, going six for 12 at the plate with an RBI and three runs scored ... three for five in the championship game vs. Villanova ... five for nine with two runs scored in the doubleheader vs. IPFW ... posted a 10-game hit streak from April 13 - 23 ... hit home runs in consecutive games vs. Seton Hall and Providence ... all four home runs during the season came in the second half of the schedule ... three for five with a run scored in game one at CS Northridge ... three for four with a triple in game one at Western Michigan ... one for three with three runs scored and three RBI in game two vs. Seton Hall ... batting average peaked at .384 entering the NCAA regional in Ann Arbor, Mich.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Had an immediate impact as a rookie in 2002, tying for the team lead in hits (67) while leading the squad in triples (5) and fielding percentage (1.000) ... earned first-team all-BIG EAST honors, BIG EAST all-rookie team honors and first-team NFCA all-Mideast Region accolades ... quickly made her presence known as both a power and average hitter, cranking three home runs in the first month of the season and peaking at a .400 batting average on Feb. 23 ... led the team in sacrifice hits with 15, including 12 sacrifice bunts ... provided two dramatic moments at the plate, as her bases-loaded triple accounted for all three runs in Notre Dame's come-from-behind victory over #18 DePaul ... also hit the game-winning home run to eliminate Syracuse 5-4 in the BIG EAST Championship ... hit in the second spot of the lineup for much of the season ... led the team with 22 multiple-hit games and posted five multiple-RBI contests ... enjoyed an eight-game hit streak from April 6 - 12 ... played the second half of the season with a broken finger on her non-throwing (left) hand suffered after being hit by a pitch at Seton Hall ... posted a four-game stretch with two hits in each game (April 14 - 18), pounding out eight hits, six RBI, four runs and a triple in the span ... carded three three-RBI games during the season (vs. Indiana State, vs. Bowling Green, vs. #18 DePaul) ... quick on the base paths, she was third on the team with 11 steals in 15 attempts ... perfect on all 67 chances in the outfield ... called into action at third base during the game vs. DePaul and was perfect defensively.

    PREP AND PERSONAL: Three-sport standout at North Vigo High School in Terre Haute, Ind. ... named Indiana Miss Softball in 2001 ... also was named the 2001 Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year ... key member of club team Casey Chaos (Ill.), which was ranked as high as ninth in the nation during the 1999 season ... earned four consecutive MVP awards on the North Vigo team (1998-2001) ... was also the North Vigo 2000 girls' soccer team MVP ... two-time all-state selection in softball (2000 and 2001) ... boasted two hitting streaks of 35 and 37 games during the 2000 softball season, eventually posting a .596 batting average ... led the state of Indiana in home runs for the 1999 season ... named the Central Illinois Girls Softball Association MVP by the American Softball Association in 1999 ... member of the 2000 Illinois ASA state championship team with Casey Chaos ... also won two letters in basketball and three in soccer ... active in many extra curricular activities, including the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Student Council and Habitat for Humanity ... grandfather, Frank, was a member of the 1945 Indiana University National Championship football team, the only IU gridiron squad to finish the season undefeated ... born May 13, 1983, in Terre Haute, Ind. ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business with a major in management consulting.

    Megan Ciolli
    Megan  Ciolli


    Terre Haute, IN

    High School:
    North Vigo





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