Irish Bow Out Of NCAA Championship

Notre Dame ends season with 43-15 record


Virginia Tech Outlasts Irish 4-3 In Game One Of Lexington Regional

Notre Dame will play Marshall at 3:30 p.m. Saturday


Irish Set For First-Ever Trip To Lexington To Open NCAA Championship

Notre Dame and Virginia Tech kick-off Lexington Regional play Friday at 5 p.m. on ESPN3


No. 1 Irish Fall In 10-Inning Thriller In BIG EAST Finale

Notre Dame still receives at-large bid for NCAA Championship


Irish Storm Into BIG EAST Championship Game With 9-1 Win Over DePaul

Notre Dame will appear in 11th title game in 18 seasons in the conference


2011-12 Athletics Highlight Video

Debuted each year at the OSCARS - the year-end highlight video provides a look back at all 26 varsity sports competed at the University of Notre Dame and is created in cooperation with the Student Welfare and Development Office and LeSea Broadcasting.


2013 Notre Dame Softball, A Season In Photos

The Irish made their 15th straight appearance at the NCAA Championship in 2013.


4/13 Softball vs Rutgers

Notre Dame defeated Rutgers 11 runs to 2 during the first game of the Third Annual Strikeout Cancer Weekend.


2012 Notre Dame Softball: A Season in Photos

Images of the Irish during the run to another NCAA tournament.


Softball vs. Louisville

The Irish Softball team took on Louisville in the Big East title game at Melissa Cook Stadium on May 12th.


Notre Dame Knocks Off Northwestern

Notre Dame claimed a 9-1 win in five innings of Northwestern.

2013 All-BIG EAST Third Team
2012 All-BIG EAST Second Team

AS A SENIOR (2013):
One of two team captains during senior year ... selected to the all-BIG EAST third team ... BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... finished Notre Dame career second all-time in stolen bases (64 in 80 attempts) and with the eighth-highest batting average (.352) ... ranked second on the Notre Dame roster with a .354 batting average, the highest of any slap hitter in the Irish lineup ... average was one of the top 20 in the BIG EAST Conference for players with the requisite number of at-bats ... led the team with 18 stolen bases ... chipped in five RBI, six sacrifice hits and 26 runs scored ... stole at least one base in five of the season's first six games ... contributed three base hits and a run against Wisconsin (Feb. 10) ... drove in first run of the season later in the day against Presbyterian (Feb. 10) ... swiped a pair of bags against Cal Poly (Feb. 15) ... perfect 2-for-2 in second meeting with the Mustangs (Feb. 16) during the Campbell/Cartier Classic ... recorded two hits and scored a run against eventual NCAA champion No. 1 Oklahoma (Feb. 17) ... 3-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored against Liberty (Feb. 23) ... began a five-game hitting streak against LIU (March 3) at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic ... added a single in each game against Maryland (March 3), New Mexico State (March 9) and UC Davis (March 9) ... 2-for-3 with a run scored in second game against New Mexico State (March 10) ... went a combined 6-for-9 (.667) with two runs scored in a doubleheader at Georgetown (April 3) ... chipped in two singles and a run in the series finale against Villanova (April 7) ... legged out a pair of infield singles at Northwestern (April 9) ... stroked five singles with an RBI and a run scored in a three-game BIG EAST sweep of Rutgers (April 13-14) ... registered third straight two-hit game during a midweek tilt at Michigan State (April 16) ... 2-for-3 with a run scored in first game at DePaul (April 27) ... slapped two hits with an RBI and a run against Eastern Michigan (April 30) ... batted .714 (5-for-7) with a run scored during Notre Dame's appearance at the NCAA Lexington Regional (May 17-18).

AS A JUNIOR (2012): All-BIG EAST second team selection ... second on the Irish with a .348 batting average (on 57 hits) with nine RBI and 33 runs scored ... team-high 19 stolen bases in 23 attempts ... team-best 16-game hitting streak spanned from April 22 against DePaul until May 19 at Arizona (23-for-53 during the streak, .434 batting average) ... scored a pair of runs at North Carolina (Feb. 26) ... 2-for-4 with two RBI against Ohio State (March 3) ... contributed two hits and scored two runs against Oregon State (March 10) ... 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored at Cal State Fullerton (March 14) ... offensive standout during conference set against Connecticut (March 31-April 1), batting .364 and scoring four runs in a series sweep of the Huskies ... perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI, stolen base and run scored in a non-conference matchup with Valparaiso (April 18) ... stroked three base hits and stole a pair of bases in a second round BIG EAST Championship win over St. John's (May 11) ... batted at a .412 clip (7-for-17) during NCAA Regional play.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2011): Utilized primarily as a pinch runner throughout her second season on the squad ... played in 44 games and scored 17 runs with 10 stolen bases in 14 attempts ... stole one base in three straight games from April 27-April 30 ... scored once in each of the three games against Connecticut (May 7-8) ... had one putout in a starting effort during the Feb. 18 season opener against Miami (Ohio) ... posted three separate streaks of three-straight games with one run scored.

AS A FRESHMAN (2010): Succeeded in stealing 17 bases in 20 tries ... the 17 swiped bags put her in a tie for ninth on the school's single-season list ... appeared in 48 games - primarily as a pinch runner - and scored 27 times ... scored in her Irish debut against Creighton (Feb. 12) ... stole a bag versus Stephen F. Austin (Feb. 21) ... crossed the plate against George Washington and Virginia on the first day of the Cavalier Invite (Feb. 26-27) ... picked up first collegiate hit in the third game of the BIG EAST opening series at Seton Hall (March 28) ... scored one run in each of the eight games from March 18-28 ... swiped her 10th bag of the season against Rutgers (April 3) ... scored twice during the three-game series at Louisville (April 17-18) ... closed the regular season with a stolen base in each of the last four games played (April 28-May 9) ... stole a base and scored against Providence (May 13) in the BIG EAST Tournament.

PREP AND PERSONAL: Earned a quartet of letters at Elkins (Texas) as a prep under head coach James McClanahan ... led her squad to three conference titles ... area champions as a sophomore ... two-time all-conference selection ... team was nationally ranked three times throughout her prep career ... batted .600 as a senior with 45 hits and a .647 on-base pct. ... first team all-state as a senior ... Texas Sports Writers Association Honorable Mention All-State as a junior ... three-time all-district choice ... Houston Chronicle all-area team in 2009 ... hit .470 as a junior with a .500 on-base pct. while her squad finished the season with a 30-5 overall record ... first team all-district choice in 2008 after taking second-team honors in 2007 ... paced her club team to a pair of Texas regional titles ... member of National Honor Society, English Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society ... active within Habitat for Humanity and Young Life ... won school's Wendy's Heisman award ... graduated magna cum laude ... won United States Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award in 2009 ... production assistant for Scattered Voices, a play written by Notre Dame students that premiered in Houston ... the performance was written and directed by sister, Shay ... also lettered in volleyball ... has a dog named Rudy ... ventured with the Houston Power and Sudden Impact Gold club teams to China in 2007 to play softball against local and national programs ... seventh member of family to graduate from Notre Dame ... daughter of Jan and John Thornton ... both parents graduated from Notre Dame in 1977 ... has two older siblings ... sister, Erin, gradated from Notre Dame in 2007 and 2009 ... sister, Shay, graduated from Notre Dame in 2010 ... graduated with a degree in science-business from the College of Science.

Thornton's Career Statistics

2010 .500 48-0 2 27 1 0 0 0 0 1 .500 0 0 1 0 .500 0 0 17-20 0 0 0 .000
2011 .333 44-1 3 17 1 0 0 0 0 1 .330 0 0 1 0 .333 0 0 10-14 1 0 0 1.000
2012 .348 55-50 164 33 57 1 0 0 9 58 .354 3 0 16 0 .357 1 11 19-23 51 2 0 1.000
2013 .354 57-57 161 26 57 0 0 0 5 57 .354 7 2 21 0 .388 0 6 18-23 38 2 1 .976
Total .352 204-108 330 103 116 1 0 0 14 117 .355 10 2 39 0 .373 1 17 64-80 90 4 1 .989

Kelsey Thornton
Kelsey  Thornton

Sugar Land, TX

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