#NDSB30 Top Five: 2000s

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


Irish Bow Out Of NCAA Championship

Notre Dame ends season with 43-15 record

Honors & Awards


  • NFCA All-Mideast Region Second Team, 2004
  • All-Region VII Team, 2002

    BIG EAST Conference

  • Pitcher of the Year, 2004
  • First-Team All-Conference, 2004
  • First-Team All-Conference, 2002
  • Pitcher of the Week (4-26-04)
  • Pitcher of the Week (4-5-04)
  • Pitcher of the Week (3-29-04)
  • Pitcher of the Week (4-15-02)
  • Pitcher of the Week (4-22-02)
  • All-Rookie Team, 2002

    Focused on capping her outstanding career with another stellar pitching campaign in 2005 ... has proven to be a dominating pitcher for sustained game streaks ... has also proven herself as a big-game pitcher, throwing key contests in the regionals as a rookie and at #18 Nebraska last season ... prominent on the career pitching rankings, including second in games started (104), sixth in appearances (113), fourth in wins (58), sixth in complete games (38), seventh in shutouts (12), sixth in innings pitched (548.1), seventh in winning percentage (58-26, .667), 10th in ERA (2.09) and third in strikeouts (480).

    AS A JUNIOR: Bounced back from a disappointing season in `03 with a career year in `04, earning the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year award after leading the conference in ERA and also nabbing second-team all-region honors ...became just the second Irish pitcher to earn the conference pitcher of the year award (Jennifer Sharron won four straight from 1998-2001) ... compiled a nine-game pitching win streak during the year (4-6-04 to 5-8-04) ... surpassed her win, innings pitched, strike out and complete game totals from her solid freshman season ... reached a career-high with 21 complete games ... ended ninth on the single-season strikeout list with 187 ... named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week on three different occasions ... struck out 10 or more batters three times (10 vs. UNLV, 11 vs. Eastern Michigan, 14 vs. Valparaiso) and posted eight or more nine times ... memorable performances of the 2004 season included (in chronological order): a complete-game, 10-strikeout performance vs. UNLV on the first weekend of the season ... posted a complete game victory vs. Georgia Tech in the NFCA Leadoff Classic Silver Bracket Championship game, giving up five hits, one run and striking out eight ... earned her second career perfect game and third no-hitter in Notre Dame's 9-0 six-inning victory at Valparaiso ... struck out 14 of the 18 batters she faced and the Crusaders failed to get a ball out of the infield ... tossed seven scoreless innings vs. Saint Louis in the Hoosier Invitational (4-3 Irish victory) ... named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week on March 29 after going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 13 innings ... repeated as conference pitcher of the week on April 5 after nabbing two league victories vs. Connecticut and Syracuse ... earned a victory at #18 Nebraska, working 5.1 innings, giving up four hits while striking out two ... struck out nine batters in a six-inning victory vs. Providence ... earned third BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week award on April 26 after going 3-0 during the week with two conference wins and striking out 24 batters in 20 innings.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Worked through recovery from off-season surgery during the 2003 season ... struggled at times during the year, but also showed flashes of dominance seen in her rookie season ... ended up 10-4 with a 3.76 ERA ... played a key role in the last weekend of the regular season, picking up victories over Villanova and Rutgers to secure Notre Dame for the #1 seed in the BIG EAST Championship ... recovered from a 3-4 start to win her last seven decisions ... struck out a season-best nine vs. #17 Alabama ... pitched five strong innings vs. Loyola, giving up three hits and striking out seven.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Turned in one of the top freshman pitching seasons in Notre Dame history during the 2002 season ... set school records for appearances (54), innings pitched (250.2) and games started (47)... also tied the season mark for wins with 27 ... showed incredible strength, pitching much of the season with a painful leg injury ... struggled to begin the season, but came on strong at the end to earn all-region team honors at the NCAA Region VII tournament in Iowa City, Iowa ... also earned first-team all-BIG EAST honors ... claimed a spot on the BIG EAST all-rookie team as well ... two-time BIG EAST pitcher of the week (April 15, April 22) ... combined with classmate Carrie Wisen for her first career no-hitter against Valparaiso (3.0 IP, 5 K, 1 BB) ... took home first career perfect game against Virginia Tech in game one, going 5.0 innings and striking out six ... ended up 4-1 against the Hokies in 2002, including two gutsy performances during the BIG EAST Championship, throwing 10.2 innings over two games in one day to help the Irish land the tournament title ... had a memorable performance at #4 Nebraska, throwing a complete-game five-hitter, giving up two runs and striking out five ... came through in the NCAA Region VII tournament in an elimination game with #15 Oregon State, pitching all seven innings and giving up just two hits ... was equally effective early in the season against #4 Oklahoma, striking out nine batters and keeping the Irish in the game ... recorded first 10-strikeout game of her career in a complete-game three-hitter vs. Cal State Northridge at the 2002 Kia Klassic ... also struck out 10, this time in six innings, at Seton Hall ... also threw well in the Region VII tournament against #22 Iowa, with a complete-game seven-hitter, giving up just two runs ... was eventually named to the NCAA Region VII all-touranment team ... saw limited action at the plate during the 2002 season, with 11 at bats and one hit (vs. #4 Oklahoma).

    PREP AND PERSONAL: Standout pitcher at Marian a High School in Huntington Beach, Calif. ... ranked third in strikeouts in the country for the 2000 season ... led the team in RBI in 1997 and 2000 ... a three-time all-conference selection ... participated in the North-South All-Star game and the National/American All-Star game in 2000 ... served as team captain and earned the team MVP award in her senior season ... played first base when she was not pitching ... hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to win a league playoff game for her team in 2000 ... initially signed a national letter of intent to enroll at Southern Mississippi, but decided to sit out a year and attend Notre Dame ... uncle, Walt Ransom, played football for USC ... born Aug. 5, 1982, in Fountain Valley, Calif. ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business with a marketing major.

    Steffany Stenglein
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