May 9, 2007
SOUTH BEND, Ind.- Four University of Notre Dame softball players earned all-BIG EAST honors at the conference's annual awards banquet held at the downtown Marriott on Wednesday evening, May 9. The awards banquet serves as the kickoff to the 2007 BIG EAST Championship, which is being played at the Belleville Softball Complex in South Bend, Ind. beginning tomorrow, Thursday, May 10.
Of the four players honored by the conference (from the votes of coaches), senior Stephanie Brown (Chandler, Ariz./Corona del Sol) took home the highest accolades, as she was a first-team all-BIG EAST selection. Brown, during the regular season, led the conference in overall batting average (.445) and on-base percentage (.503), while placing second in runs scored (38) and third in hits (65). She was also tied for third in triples (6) and sixth in stolen bases (13). This is the fourth time in as many years that Brown has been an all-BIG EAST selection. She was a second-team selection in 2005 and a first-team honoree in both 2004 and 2006.
Junior Katie Laing (Chandler, Ariz./Corona del Sol) garnered all-BIG EAST honors for the third time in her career, as she was a second-team choice. Laing has been a second teamer in each of the last two seasons after a first team selection as a freshman. Laing hit an impressive .345 with 11 runs-batted-in during conference play on the year.
Sophomore Brittney Bargar (Corona, Calif./Corona) earned the first league honor of her career in being chosen for the second team. Bargar has been the rock of the rotation and leads the team and conference in wins (20), innings pitched (214), strikeouts (205) and games started (34). She is also third in the league in appearances (38) and seventh in ERA (2.16).
Fellow sophomore Beth Northway (Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood) represented the Irish on the third team. Northway during league play hit .365 with 19 hits, 12 runs scored and five stolen bases. This was the first league honor of Northway's career.
Connecticut sophomore outfielder Micah Truax was named the BIG EAST Player of the Year. DePaul senior Tracie Adix earned Pitcher of the Year accolades, while the Blue Demons' freshman pitcher Becca Heteniak was named Rookie of the Year. Additionally, the DePaul coaches earned coaching staff of the year recognition.
Notre Dame (29-21, 13-7 BIG EAST) is set to host the BIG EAST Conference Championships from May 10-12 at the Belleville Softball Complex. The Irish, who earned the fourth seed, will start their tournament play with a game against No. 5 seed Connecticut (22-20, 10-9 BIG EAST) at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10.
BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year
BIG EAST Rookie of the Year
BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year
BIG EAST Player of the Year
All-BIG EAST First Team
All-BIG EAST Second Team
All-BIG EAST Third Team
* - unanimous selection