Softball

@NDsoftball
Softball Collects Seven All-BIG EAST Honors

Seven Notre Dame players earned all-BIG EAST honors this season.

May 6, 2009

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - For the second season in a row the Notre Dame softball team placed seven players on respective all-BIG EAST Conference squads, announced by the league Wednesday evening at the Marriott Louisville Downtown. Three players earned the honor for the first time and four were repeat winners, as Notre Dame's roster now includes 10 all-BIG EAST performers.

Beth Northway, Christine Lux and Dani Miller were each named to the first team. Both Irish pitchers - Brittney Bargar and Jody Valdivia - along with Linda Kohan were on the second team as Erin Marrone was voted to the third team.

Northway batted .314 in league contests with 18 runs and nine RBI. The senior had 22 hits in 21 contests, four home runs and five multi-hit games. Northway was a third-team selection as sophomore after recovering from shoulder surgery for the majority of her junior year. The lead-off designated player had a .543 on-base pct.

During her junior campaign, Lux batted .397 in league play with 22 RBI and 27 hits. She scored 20 times while reaching base on a .512 clip. Lux's .853 slugging pct. was among the best in the conference as her eight home runs put her in second place behind Player of the Year Melissa Roth of Louisville.

Miller was the lone freshman on the first team while the Rookie of the Year award went to third-teamer Jenna Caira, a pitcher from Syracuse. Miller blitzed the league by recording a hit in 20 of 23 league games - including a 15-game hit streak - with five home runs and seven doubles. In fact, her school-record 21-game hit streak overall was the best of any league player this season. Miller batted .347 and scored 11 runs. She had four RBI against Seton Hall with a grand slam at Providence while also adding a career-high six RBI in game one with the Friars.

 

 

The third all-BIG EAST citation of Bargar's career came after the righty went 9-4 with a 2.37 ERA against league foes. She tossed 82.2 innings and struck out 64 batters, including nine in a win over Seton Hall. Bargar made four appearances without allowing an earned run.

Sharing the circle with Bargar, Valdivia was a perfect 10-0 against BIG EAST teams with a stellar 1.60 ERA. She struck out 81 batters in 74.1 innings with five scoreless appearances. On three occasions she struck out at least 10 batters, highlighted by a 14-strikeout performance against Pittsburgh. The sophomore also posted two wins against ranked opponents (No. 22 DePaul and No. 18 Louisville).

Kohan, a senior, improved upon her third-team honor in 2008. She sported a .324 batting average while slugging at a .689 rate. Kohan had 24 hits in 23 games, 13 of which were for extra bases (six doubles and seven home runs). Two of her home runs came during a doubleheader with DePaul, and five games were marked by multiple RBI. Kohan added six sacrifices and struck out just five times in 74 at-bats.

Bursting onto the conference scene as a sophomore, Marrone made her presence known with a grand slam against Seton Hall, one of her two home runs on the year. The second was a solo shot against Louisville. Marrone batted .444 with 20 hits in 45 plate appearances with four doubles as an outfielder for the Irish. Her on-base pct. stood at .528 by season's end.

Second-seeded Notre Dame will face seventh-seeded St. John's Thursday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. (ET) in the opening round of the BIG EAST Championship at Louisville's Ulmer Stadium. Live stats and video will be available at UND.com.


All-BIG EAST First Team
Chelsea Bemis, Louisville, So., INF
Britta Giddens, USF, Sr., INF
Becca Heteniak, DePaul, Jr., P/UT
Christine Lux, Notre Dame, Jr., INF
Dani Miller, Notre Dame, Fr., OF
Beth Northway, Notre Dame, Sr., DP
Amber Patton, DePaul, Sr., INF
Janine Richardson, USF, Fr., OF
Melissa Roth, Louisville, Jr., C
Mary Rose Sheehy, Providence, Sr., OF
Roxy Struble, St. John's, Sr., UT
Kristen Wadwell, Louisville, Jr., P

All-BIG EAST Second Team Kristin Austin, Louisville, Fr., OF Brittney Bargar, Notre Dame, Sr., P Mandy Craig, Rutgers, So., INF Kristi Cunningham, Louisville, Sr., OF Stacia Dopudja, St. John's, Jr., DP Jenna Garcia, Providence, Jr., INF Vanessa James, Louisville, Jr., UT Amy Kelley, Syracuse, Sr., C Linda Kohan, Notre Dame, Sr., INF Julianne Towers, Connecticut, So., INF Micah Truax, Connecticut, Sr., OF Jody Valdivia, Notre Dame, So., P Colby Wherry, Louisville, So., INF

All-BIG EAST Third Team Nalin Bennett, Seton Hall, So., OF Jenna Caira, Syracuse, Fr., P Mackensey Carter, Georgetown, Fr., DP Rachael Crossin, Connecticut, Sr., P Kristen Kaelin, Seton Hall, Fr., DP Erin Marrone, Notre Dame, So., OF Nicole Miller, Syracuse, Sr., INF Cat Olnick, USF, Jr., C Jackie Tarulli-Fisher, DePaul, Sr., C Tara Voss, DePaul, So., INF Kealan Waldron, Seton Hall, Sr., INF Lindsay Wasek, Syracuse, Sr., OF

--ND--

Event Calendar

Delta

February 17
L, 4-1
#13 Minnesota
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
RECAP
February 18
W, 6-4
#11/10 Michigan
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
RECAP
February 18
L, 3-2 (8)
#13 Minnesota
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
RECAP
February 19
L, 9-2
#11/10 Michigan
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
RECAP
February 23
L, 4-3
#RV Texas
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 23
L, 8-0 (5)
#20/22 Missouri
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
RECAP
February 24
L, 3-1
#21/19 Arizona State
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 24
W, 10-7
#11/12 Georgia
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
RECAP
February 25
W, 5-4
#4/5 Oklahoma
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
RECAP
March 4
12:30 PM
Purdue
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 4
5:00 PM
FIU
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 5
10:00 AM
Chattanooga
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 5
12:15 PM
Charlotte
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 11
1:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)

ACC Network Extra
March 11
3:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)

ACC Network Extra
March 12
12:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)

ACC Network Extra
March 14
5:00 PM
Georgia State
Atlanta, Ga. (Heck Softball Complex)
March 15
6:00 PM
Mercer
Macon, Ga. (Sikes Field)
March 17
6:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (JoAnne Graf Field)

ACC Network Extra
March 18
1:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (JoAnne Graf Field)

ACC Network Extra
March 19
12:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (JoAnne Graf Field)

ACC Network Extra
March 22
5:00 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
March 24
6:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
March 25
3:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
March 26
12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
March 29
5:00 PM
Eastern Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 1
12:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Ulmer Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 2
2:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Ulmer Stadium)

ESPNU
April 3
7:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Ulmer Stadium)

ESPNU
April 5
5:00 PM
Fort Wayne
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 7
6:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 8
3:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 9
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 11
5:30 PM
Detroit Mercy
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 12
6:00 PM
IUPUI
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 14
4:00 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
April 14
6:00 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
April 15
1:00 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
April 19
6:00 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 22
1:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 22
3:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 23
12:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 25
5:00 PM
Northwestern
Evanston, Ill. (Drysdale Field)
April 29
1:00 PM
Arkansas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 29
3:00 PM
Arkansas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 30
12:00 PM
Arkansas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
May 3
6:00 PM
Butler
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
May 5
6:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
May 6
3:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
May 7
12:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
May 11
TBA
ACC Championship
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Stadium)
May 12
TBA
ACC Championship
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Stadium)
May 13
TBA
ACC Championship
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Stadium)
May 19
TBA
NCAA Regionals
Campus sites
May 20
TBA
NCAA Regionals
Campus sites
May 21
TBA
NCAA Regionals
Campus sites
May 25
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
Campus sites
May 26
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
Campus sites
May 27
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
Campus sites
May 28
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
Campus sites
June 1
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 2
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 3
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 4
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 5
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 6
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 7
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)

Shop Now

Nissan

Auctions

Official ND Online Auctions // Bid Now »

Gear Store

Get your Official ND Gear // Shop Now »

Photo Galleries

Canon

NCAA Infractions Report

St. Joseph Health System Nissan Delta Canon Visit South Bend Mishawaka Vivid Seats