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    Sara Schoonaert

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Houston, TX

    High School:
    Clear Lake

    Height:
    5-3

    Position:
    SS/2B

    Bats/Throws:
    R/R


    Two-year starting shortstop for the Irish looking to cap career with an outstanding senior season ... focused on increasing her offensive output this season ... has great hands in the left-side hole and is a consistent defensive presence for the team ... a clutch hitter who needs to develop consistency at the plate.

    AS A JUNIOR (2005): Started the season at second base, but quickly shifted back to shortstop ... raised her batting average to .292 in BIG EAST Conference competition to earn third-team all-conference honors ... drove in six runs during conference play and committed just two errors on defense ... solid in the left-side hole for the Irish defense ... hit a career-best .263 with 16 RBI and seven stolen bases ... tied for second on the team with 77 defensive assists ... memorable performances during the 2005 season included: one for two with an RBI single in Notre Dame's 3-0 victory over Villanova in the BIG EAST Championship ... two for three with two runs scored and a double in game one vs. Syracuse ... delivered her biggest hit of the season vs. No. 15 Northwestern, posting a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh - driving in the game-tying and game-winning run to cap Notre Dame's four-run rally (April 26) ... singled and scored in game two at DePaul ... crushed an RBI triple in Notre Dame's 5-4 victory in game two at Providence ... two for three with two singles and an RBI in game two at Pittsburgh ... two for three with two singles and a run scored in game one at Pittsburgh ... one for two with an RBI single vs. Ball State ... two for three with two singles and an RBI in game two vs. Eastern Michigan ... added on an important insurance run with an RBI single in the fifth inning of game two at Villanova (2-0 Irish victory) ... two for four with an RBI, run scored and five perfect plays on defense at Loyola Chciago ... one for two in game two vs. Valparaiso ... one for two with an RBI double and walk in game one vs. Valparaiso ... posted an RBI double in the fifth inning, driving in the lone run of Notre Dame's 1-0 victory at UC Santa Barbara ... one for three with a triple and run scored in Notre Dame's 5-2 upset victory over No. 5/6 Tennessee ... drove in Notre Dame's lone run against No. 20 Pacific with a single to center field ... posted first two hits of the season against No. 19 Florida, including driving in the winning run with a single in the fifth inning.

    AS A SOPHOMORE (2004): Matched teammates Meagan Ruthrauff and Stephanie Brown in starting and playing all 69 games and setting the school record for games played in a single season ... started the year strong, hitting .364 after the first two weekends of competition ... struggled offensively the rest of the way while staying consistent defensively at shortstop ... posted seven multi-hit games and four multi-RBI performances ... scored the game-winning run six times and drove in the game-winning run in game one vs. Providence (1-0 Irish victory) ... posted both Irish hits and a stolen base in an exhibition loss to the U.S. Olympic Team ... was also perfect on six defensive chances vs. Team USA ... scored the lone run of the geam on a two-base error against No. 14 Nebraska in the NFCA Leadoff Classic ... drove in a run with an RBI single for an important insurance score vs. Florida Atlantic (2-0 Irish victory) ... ended up two for two vs. No. 8 Stanford at the Palm Springs Classic ... scored the game-winning run on a passed ball vs. No. 24 CS Northridge at the NFCA Leadoff Classic ... posted a single, double and triple in game two vs. Providence (career-high three RBI as well).

    AS A FRESHMAN (2003): Appeared in 44 games, mostly as a pinch runner, during the 2003 season ... started both games of the doubleheader vs. #22 Northwestern ... posted five hits in 15 at-bats (.333) with two doubles and an RBI ... first career hit was an RBI double vs. NW State on March 2 ... made the most of her two starts vs. Northwestern, going three for six in the doubleheader with a double and two runs scored ... two for four in stolen base attempts ... perfect on all 15 defensive chances faced during the season.

    PREP AND PERSONAL: Two-sport athlete at Clear Lake High School in Houston, Texas ... four-year letterwinner in softball and two-year letterwinner in volleyball ... earned four consecutive all-district selections in softball and was named the team MVP as a freshman in 1999 ... three-time team captain of the softball team ... named MVP of the Aldine High School softball tournament in 1999 ... helped her club team, the Houston Diamonds, to a fifth-place finish at the 1999 AFA national tournament ... member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... youngest of two children ... daughter of Mary and Dean Schoonaert ... born June 3, 1983, in St. Louis, Mo. ...currently enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business with a major in marketing.

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