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    Melanie Alkire

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Union City, Calif.

    High School:
    James Logan

    Height:
    5-8

    Position:
    Shortstop/Pitcher

    Birthdate:
    10/06/1979

    Honors:
    2000, 1999 BIG EAST Player of the Year


    All-star candidate for the Irish in 2001 ... Notre Dame?s starting shortstop ... will bat third in the lineup ... has led the team in most offensive categories over the last two seasons ... provides a strong presence on the field and communicates well with her fellow infielders ... able to step up to top competition, posting some of her best games against ranked opponents ... a respected power hitter who projects an imposing presence in the batter?s box ... possesses a very strong arm defensively and seldom makes a fielding mistake ... will also see about the same amount of pitching appearances as the 2000 season (13).

    AS A JUNIOR:

    Started all 61 games ... named 2000 BIG EAST Player of the Year for second consecutive season ... combined with teammate Jennifer Sharron to earn the first All-American honors (NFCA second team) in Notre Dame softball history ... combined with Jennifer Sharron once again to share team MVP honors ... one of two unanimous selections to the all-BIG EAST first team ... made 13 appearances on the mound with a 7-1 record and 2.30 earned-run average ... led the team in almost all offensive categories ... first on the team in batting average (.376), hits (73), doubles (15), home runs (13), RBI (64), total bases (129), slugging percentage (.665) and on base percentage (.421) ... ranked sixth in the country in RBI (64) ... set the school record for most RBI and home runs in a season, breaking the previous home run record of 10 by Sara Hayes in 1994 and RBI record of 48 by Hayes, also in 1994 ... named 2000 BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Player after going six for eight with five runs scored, three home runs and six RBI in three games ... two-time BIG EAST Player of the Week (3/13, 3/27) ... all-tournament selection at the State Line Classic in Bristol, Tenn., after going five for 12 at the plate and pitching a five-inning no-hitter, the second of her career, in a win over Kentucky ... led the team with 17 multi-RBI games (including 11 with three RBI or more) and second on the team with 21 multi-hit games ... posted a team-best 10 game-winning RBI and six game-winning runs ... set a school record for RBI in a game with six vs. San Diego State, including a grand slam ... tied a school and BIG EAST championship record for home runs in a game with two in the semifinals of the conference tournament vs. Connnecticut ... earned biggest pitching victory of her career vs. #6 Oklahoma (Mar. 18, 2000) in the Kia Classic, holding the Sooners to two runs on six hits.

    AS A SOPHOMORE:

    Named 1999 BIG EAST Player of the Year and a first-team all-BIG EAST selection after leading the conference in runs scored (1.19/g) and ranking second in batting average (.532), hits (25) and home runs (seven) ... NFCA first-team all-Mideast Region selection ... Notre Dame?s leader in hits (67), home runs (10), RBI (37), slugging (.552) and on-base percentage (.396) ... second on the team in batting average with at .345 ... first on the team with 19 multi-hit and 10 multi-RBI games ... had team-best 10-game hitting streak from April 24 to May 8 ... also had a nine-game hitting streak from April 10 to April 20 ...posted Notre Dame?s best-ever batting average in BIG EAST play with a .532 mark, which is also the second-best in conference history ... had six game-winning RBI, as well as scoring four game-winning runs ... recorded a career-high three saves on the mound ... tied the single-season home run record with her 10th in a 4-1 win over Connecticut in the BIG EAST tourney ... named the BIG EAST Player of the Week April 26, after going seven for 16 at the plate with four runs scored, a double, a home run and four RBI in five games... picked up her only complete-game win of the season on the mound by limiting North Carolina to one run on three hits in pool play at the National Invitational Tournament .... joined teammate Kris McCleary in hitting two back-to-back home runs against Kansas and Villanova ... became fifth player in Notre Dame history to hit two home runs in one game in a 6-4 win over Kansas ... pitched a combined no-hitter with teammate Angela Bessolo against Tennessee-Martin, striking out five of the nine batters she faced.

    AS A FRESHMAN:

    Enjoyed a great 1998 season both on the mound and at the plate ... recorded five three-hit games ... led the team in RBI with 36 and in doubles with 14 ... had three hits in four at-bats against Western Illinois and a career-high four RBI ... went a perfect three for three versus UCLA with two of the team?s three RBI ... against Loyola Marymount, got her first career pitching win and went the distance (five innings) in a 9-1 win over the Lions ... limited LMU to three hits and helped herself at the plate with a three for four, three RBI performance ... hit her first career home run April 4 against Providence and went 3 for 4 ... combined with Kelly Nichols to shut out Boston College in a 1-0 win ... limited the Eagles to four hits in 6.2 innings pitched ... one-hit Seton Hall in a complete game Notre Dame win on April 11 ... batted three for five with three RBI in a 9-3 win over Indiana in which she also picked up her fourth win on the mound ... named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week on April 20 for batting .478 (10 for 21) with two doubles, a home run, three runs and five RBI in eight games ... placed 11th at the Amateur Softball Association gold national championships with the San Jose Lady Sharks over the summer of 1998.

    PREP & PERSONAL:

    Starred at James Logan High School, winning six letters, four in softball and two in basketball ... first-team all-state selection as multipurpose player ... named softball player of the year by Alameda newspaper group and Argus News ... threw nine career perfect games and 21 no-hitters ... struck out 649 batters in 411 innings pitched ... career 49-8 record with five saves and 0.22 ERA and a career of batting average of .421 ... played for the San Jose Strikers, finishing third in 1995 at 18 and under gold national championships and fourth in ?96 ... fifth at the 1996 women?s class A national championship with the NorCal Rage ... born Oct. 6, 1979, in North Kansas City, Mo. ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters with a major in sociology.

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