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Irish Trio Named To All-ACC Teams

May 8, 2018


NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Three players from the University of Notre Dame softball team were recognized on Tuesday for stellar play throughout the 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) league season. Junior infielder Melissa Rochford was named to the All-ACC Second Team, while freshman outfielder Abby Sweet and freshman pitcher Alexis Holloway were each named to the All-ACC Second Team and the ACC All-Freshman Team.

The three Notre Dame All-ACC selections pushed the total number of Irish players honored by the conference to 22 since joining the league in 2014. Rochford earned All-ACC Second-Team accolades for the second straight season, while Sweet and Holloway are the first freshmen pair of All-ACC choices for Notre Dame in the same season. The Irish led all league clubs with two honorees on the ACC All-Freshman Team.

Junior Melissa Rochford was named to the All-ACC Second Team
Junior Melissa Rochford was named to the All-ACC Second Team

Rochford batted a team-high .333 over 23 ACC starts in 2018, adding five doubles, one home run, 13 RBI, a .425 on-base percentage and nine runs scored while making only two errors in 64 chances at third base. She was hit by pitch eight times during conference play, which ranked third in the ACC, and was successful on her only stolen base attempt. Rochford ranked second on the Notre Dame roster with six multiple-hit games in ACC play, and was also second with three multi-RBI contests.

Freshman Abby Sweet was named to the All-ACC Second Team and ACC All-Freshman Team
Freshman Abby Sweet was named to the All-ACC Second Team and ACC All-Freshman Team

Sweet enjoyed a dynamic rookie season with a .294 batting average, six doubles, a pair of home runs, 14 RBI, a .419 on-base percentage, six stolen bases and a team-high 17 runs scored in 23 ACC starts. Sweet led all ACC players by being hit by pitch 13 times in league play, and checked in tied for seventh in both runs scored and doubles at the conclusion of her freshman league campaign.

Freshman Alexis Holloway was named to the All-ACC Second Team and ACC All-Freshman Team
Freshman Alexis Holloway was named to the All-ACC Second Team and ACC All-Freshman Team

Holloway joined Sweet on both the ACC Second Team and top freshman squad, posting an 8-6 record and a 2.23 ERA in 18 ACC appearances (15 starts). She was tied for the conference lead with two saves, fourth among all ACC hurlers with eight victories and 91.0 innings pitched in league play, and sixth with 65 strikeouts. Holloway tossed the first no-hitter of her college career, blanking ACC foe NC State over five innings in a 15-0 win on March 10 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

2018 ACC Softball Award Winners

Player of the Year
Jessie Warren, Florida State
 
Pitcher of the Year
Kylee Hanson, Florida State
 
Defensive Player of the Year
Taylor Wike, North Carolina
 
Freshman of the Year
Sydney Sherrill, Florida State
 
Coach of the Year
Holly Aprile, Pittsburgh
 
First Team
Emme Martinez, Boston College
Annie Murphy, Boston College
Raine Wilson, Duke
Zoe Casas, Florida State
Kylee Hanson, Florida State
Meghan King, Florida State
Sydney Sherrill, Florida State
Jessie Warren, Florida State
Megan Hensley, Louisville
Sidney Melton, Louisville
Brittany Pickett, North Carolina
Taylor Wike, North Carolina
Olivia Gray, Pittsburgh
Giorgiana Zeremenko, Pittsburgh
Bryce Holmgren, Syracuse
 
Second Team
Jesse Dreswick, Boston College
Chloe Sharabba, Boston College
Carsyn Gordon, Florida State
Emily Anderson, Georgia Tech
Draven Sonnon, Georgia Tech
Cameron Stanford, Georgia Tech
Destiny DeBerry, North Carolina
Kiani Ramsey, North Carolina
Alexis Holloway, Notre Dame
Melissa Rochford, Notre Dame
Abby Sweet, Notre Dame
Kayla Harris, Pittsburgh
Alexa Romero, Syracuse
Allison Davis, Virginia
Carrie Eberle, Virginia Tech
 
All-Freshman Team
CC Cook, Boston College
Emme Martinez, Boston College
Rachel Abboud, Duke
Peyton St. George, Duke
Sydney Sherrill, Florida State
Cameron Stanford, Georgia Tech
Maddy Newman, Louisville
Alexis Holloway, Notre Dame
Abby Sweet, Notre Dame
Hunter Levesque, Pittsburgh
 

 

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