BIG EAST Conference
Consistent power hitter ... has been Notre Dame's cleanup hitter the last two seasons (2004, 2005) ... has an exceptional eye at the plate and is just seven free passes away from the Notre Dame career record for walks ... turned in the second-best RBI season in school history during the 2004 campaign (54 RBI) ... hits for both average and power with a career .303 average ... only the second Irish player to reach 50 RBI in a season (Melanie Alkire drove in 64 in `00) ... has played shortstop, third base and first base during her career with the Irish ... has seen a large majority of time at first base, making just seven errors in her career ... stands sixth on the all-time home run list (19) ... currently ranks third on the all-time fielding percentage list (.990).
AS A JUNIOR (2005): Powerful RBI producer in the middle of Notre Dame's lineup ... became the ninth Irish player to reach the career 100-RBI plateau in 2005 ... started all 61 games, one of four players to see action in every game of the year ... led the team with 36 RBI, 31 BB and four HR ... smacked 16 doubles, which is tied for fourth on the single-season list at Notre Dame ... earned second-team all-BIG EAST honors after hitting .346 in conference play with 18 hits, two HR and 15 RBI ... memorable performances during the 2005 season included: drove in four runs in game one at Rutgers on a bases-loaded double and a sacrifice fly ... dominated game two vs. Rutgers, going three for four with two runs scored, two RBI and two doubles ... named BIG EAST Player of the Week for her performance in the doubleheader at Rutgers - helping Notre Dame secure the No. 1 seed in the BIG EAST Championship ... two for three with an RBI double in game two vs. Seton Hall (11-4 Irish victory) ... one for two with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored in game one vs. St. John's ... singled and scored the first run of the game in Notre Dame's 2-1, eight-inning victory at DePaul (game one) ... laid down the first bunt hit of her career in game one at Connecticut ... two for three in game two at Providence, driving in the game-tying run in the top of the seventh with a double to the wall ... two for three with an RBI double, single and run scored at UIC (4-0 Irish victory) ... one for four with her third home run of the season (a solo shot) in game one at Pittsburgh ... one for three with an RBI single in game two vs. Eastern Michigan ... drove in the only run of the game in game one vs. Eastern Michigan with a double in the bottom of the first inning ... two for three with an RBI and run scored at Loyola Chicago ... also stole her second base of the seaon vs. the Ramblers ... two for three with a run scored vs. Oakland (8-0 Irish victory) ... one for three with an RBI single vs. Marshall (7-4 Irish loss) ... shook out of an early-season slump to post five hits and six RBI during the Hawaii Spring Fling ... three for four with three RBI and a double vs. Nevada ... one for two with a run scored, three RBI and two sacrifice hits vs. Campbell ... also hit her second home run of the season vs. the Fighting Camels ... crushed her first home run of the season, a three-run shot, to provide the winning margin in Notre Dame's 5-2 upset victory over No. 5/6 Tennessee ... ended up two for four against the Lady Vols ... two for three with a double against No. 20 Pacific.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2004): Drove in 54 runs en route to first-team all-conference and all-region honors ... the 54 RBI ended up second on the all-time single-season list behind Melanie Alkire's 64 in 2000 ... also drew a single-season record 36 walks in 2004 ... set the school record for games played in a season (69), along with teammates Stephanie Brown and Sara Schoonaert ... blasted 11 home runs, the third-best single-season total in school history ... posted 14 multi-hit games and and 13 multi-RBI performances ... scored the game-winning run seven times while driving in the game-winning run 11 times ... named BIG EAST Player of the Week on March 29, going seven for 12 during the week with three home runs and 10 RBI ... also named BIG EAST Player of the Week on March 1 to honor her performance during the NFCA Leadoff Classic ... posted seven hits, two game-winning home runs, nine RBI and three runs scored during the tournament ... hit two three-run homers during the season (vs. Princeton, vs. Maryland) ... drove in five runs twice during the season (vs. Princeton, at Valparaiso).
AS A FRESHMAN (2003): Appeared in 54 of 55 games and started 53 contests in 2003 ... arguably Notre Dame's top hitter in the first half of the season ... earned first-team all-BIG EAST honors as a designated player ... also earned NFCA all-Mideast region honors ... had 12 multi-hit games and six multi-RBI performances ... fourth on the team in batting average (.310) with 52 hits, 11 doubles, four home runs and 27 RBI ... hit safely in 10 of her first 11 career games ... compiled two 10-game hit streaks from Feb. 15 - March 1 and April 9 - 19 ... first career hit came vs. Kent State during a two-for-three, three-RBI performance in her second appearance in an Irish uniform ... two for three with an RBI double vs. Illinois State at the NFCA Leadoff Classic ... smashed first career home run vs. Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 28 ... one for three with two RBI vs. Fresno State at the Kia Klassic ... four for eight with two RBI in the doubleheader at Western Michigan ... two for two with three RBI and a home run vs. St. John's ... three for three with two runs scored at Boston College ... went two for two with an RBI during game one of the BIG EAST Championship vs. Seton Hall ... two for two vs. No. 4 DePaul in the NCAA Region VII Tournament ... appeared at first base, shortstop and third base, in addition to designated player during the season.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Standout softball player at La Serna High School in Whittier, Calif. ... set the La Serna High School record for highest season batting average in 2002, posting a .519 mark ... also set the record for hits in a season with 42 ... drove in 25 RBI in 2001 and 2002 ... earned several all-star team accolades, including all-Del Rio League (first team), all-area first team (from the Whittier/San Gabriel Valley News), all-southeast first team (Los Angeles Times), all CIF-SS Division III (first team), all-California first-team (for all divisions) and all-California CIF first team ... first player to ever earn three consecutive all-tournament honors at the Arroyo Narrows tournament ... won the ASA National Championship in 1994 (Batbusters) and 1998 (Panthers Gold/Moore) ... a California Scholastic Federation scholar for four years ... named among Who's Who in American High School Students for three years ... member of the National Music Association and an accomplished piano player ... hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth to help her team advance to the CIF Division III semifinals in 2001, eventually leading La Serna to their second CIF championship ... oldest of two children ... daughter of Julia and Herb Ruthrauff ... Herb Ruthrauff played baseball and football at the University of Colorado ... born Feb. 9, 1984, in Long Beach, Calif. ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters with a major in sociology and computer applications.