#NDSB30 Top Five: 2000s

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

  • Third Team NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-America - 2002, 2001
  • U.S. National Team Selection - 2001
  • Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for Softball - 2002
  • First Team Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-American - 2002, 2001
  • Notre Dame National Monogram Club Team MVP - 2002
  • First Team NFCA All-Mideast Region - 2002, 2001
  • First-Team All-BIG EAST - 2002, 2000
  • Second-Team All-BIG EAST - 2001
  • BIG EAST Rookie of the Year - 1999
  • Third Team GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American - 2000
  • Knute Rockne Scholar-Athlete Award - 2000, 2001, 2002

    AS A SENIOR: Capped off her spectacular career with her second consecutive NFCA Louisville Slugger All-America honor while setting numerous school career records ... ended up ranked first all-time at Notre Dame in games played (245), home runs (36), RBI (174), walks (76) and put outs (1,337) ... also ranked in the top five in at bats (fifth, 714), batting average (third, .350), triples (fifth, eight) and stolen bases (third, 43) ... became the fourth Irish player to earn the BIG EAST Player of the Year award (and the fourth in a row - Lizzy Lemire, 2001, Melanie Alkire, 1999-2000) ... led the BIG EAST Conference in six statistical categories, including batting average (.462), home runs (a league record eight), runs scored (23), RBI (23), on-base percentage (.559) and slugging percentage (.962) ... was a two-time BIG EAST player of the week (April 1 & April 22) ... was also named the 2002 BIG EAST/ Aeropostale Scholar Athlete of the Year for all women?s sports in the conference ... landed on the Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-America first team for the second consecutive season ... named the 2002 Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for softball ... becomes the fifth Notre Dame student-athlete to be named the Academic All-American of the Year in his/her respective sport, along with Tim Ruddy (football, 1993), Jen Renola (women's soccer, 1997), Pat Garrity (men's basketball, 1998) and Ruth Riley (women's basketball, 2001) ... graduated magna cumm laude with an environmental science degree from the College of Science in May of 2002 ... became the fourth Irish softball player to earn a Kanaley Award (the top honor earned by a student-athlete at Notre Dame) ... set the school career home run record in memorable fashion, bashing her 31st and 32nd career round trippers in one game against Virginia Tech ... became the first Irish player to hit two home runs in one game three times in a career ... provided 12 game-winning hits during the 2002 season along with 17 multiple hit games and 11 multiple RBI games ... named to the 2002 NCAA Region VII all-tournament team after her two-run home run in the fourth game proved to be the winning runs to eliminate #15 Oregon State ... the home run against the Beavers ended up as Myers? 13th of the season, tieing the school record held by Melanie Alkire (1998-2001) ... stole a career-best 14 bases last season and committed just three errors for a .992 fielding percentage ... set the school record for walks in a season in ?02 with 30 (including one intentional walk) ... also matched the school season record for runs in a season (52 ? along with Kati Marten ?96).

    AS A JUNIOR: Led the team in most offensive categories, including batting average (.380), RBI (41), slugging percentage (.620) and on base percentage (.468) in 2000 ... a Verizon-CoSIDA Academic All-American (first team), while also earning NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-America honors (third team) ... along with 2001 graduates Jennifer Sharron and Lizzy Lemire, became the first players in Notre Dame history to earn a spot on the U.S. National Team ... earned second-team all-BIG EAST honors ... two for three against #7 Fresno State in the Kia Klassic (Fullerton, Calif.), helping the team to a 4-2 upset victory ... kick-started a one-out rally vs. #9 Cal State Fullerton with a solo home run off a 2-2 pitch in the bottom of the seventh.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Made transition from third base to natural position of catcher in 2000 ... earned 2000 all-BIG EAST honors as the conference?s top catcher ... ranked second on the team in home runs (12), RBI (47), total bases (102) and slugging percentage (.576) ... excelled off the field as the team?s Rockne Scholar-Athlete Award recipient ... 2000 GTE Academic All-District first-team selection ... crushed her second career grand slam in Notre Dame?s win over #6 and eventual national champion Oklahoma, driving in the winning run and helping the Irish advance to the semifinals of the Kia Klassic ... hit a home run off of 2000 Olympian Michelle Smith in an exhibition game against the U.S. Olympic Softball Team during the summer ... it was the first run scored on the Olympians on their United State tour.

    AS FRESHMAN: BIG EAST Rookie of the Year in 1999 and the only unanimous selection to the conference all-rookie team ... had 17 multi-hit games and was tied for the team lead with 10 multi-RBI games, including four twice ... crushed a home run in her first career at-bat off of South Florida pitcher Jennifer Thompson (#7 in the country in ERA) in Notre Dame?s 2-0 upset of the then sixth-ranked Bulls .... Most Valuable Player of the South Florida Tournament after hitting .467 with three runs and five RBI.

    PREP & PERSONAL: 1998 Gatorade Circle of Champions softball player of the year for the state of Kansas ... played at catcher, shortstop and first base for Santa Fe Trail ... volleyball team was the 1996 Kansas state champions ... also won four conference and four regional titles with the volleyball team ... all-state volleyball selection as a junior and senior ... 4A volleyball player of the year in 1996 and 1997 state player of the year ... basketball team captured the Kansas state title her senior season after going undefeated ... set three school records as a senior forward with the basketball team for most three pointers in a season, best three-point percentage (47 percent) and best free throw percentage ... member of the National Honor Society ... born April 22, 1980, in Topeka, Kan. ... graduated magna cumm laude from the College of Science with a degree in enviromental science in May of 2002.

    Jarrah Myers
    Jarrah  Myers

    Carbondale, Kan.

    High School:
    Santa Fe Trail





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