May 14, 2008
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - A pair of Notre Dame softball players were recently named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Louisville Slugger Division I All-Mideast Region team, as senior outfielder Sarah Smith and junior pitcher Brittney Bargar took home the honors. Chosen by NFCA member coaches from each region, the honorees will now be eligible for selection to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America first, second or third teams.
Smith, a first-teamer, had a remarkable campaign by leading the team with a .373 clip and 57 hits. She has six doubles and 13 RBI heading into the NCAA Regionals at Ann Arbor. The lefty slapper has reached base at a .400 average and has nine stolen bases. She was the BIG EAST's player of the week on April 28.
Bargar, who was a first-team all-BIG EAST selection along with Smith, found a spot on the second team after carrying a 1.18 ERA and a 29-13 record from the circle. She has struck out 233 batters and held opposing teams to a .191 average at the plate. Bargar has tossed eight shutouts - including a no-hitter - and combined for a ninth with Jody Valdivia. Her ERA, wins total and innings pitched (273.1) rank among the top in the nation. On three occasions this past season, Bargar nabbed the league's top pitcher of the week honor.
All-NFCA Mideast Region
First Team Pos. - Name - School P - Lauren Delaney - Northwestern University P - Brittany Weil - University of Iowa C - Rachel Folden - Marshall University 1B - Brittany Herald - University of Evansville 2B - Nicole Pauly - Northwestern University 3B - Amber Patton - DePaul University SS - Tammy Williams - Northwestern University OF - Sarah Smith - University of Notre Dame OF - Breanna Robinson - Miami University of Ohio OF - Ellen Kresl - Loyola University UT/P - Becca Heteniak - DePaul University UT/Non-P - Colleen McGlaughlin - University of Iowa UT/Non-P - Sandy Vojik - DePaul University Second Team Pos. - Name - School P - Kylie Reynolds - Kent State University P - Brittney Bargar - University of Notre Dame C - Erin Dyer - Northwestern University 1B - Kelsey Haupert - Purdue University 2B - Kelly Miller - Purdue University 3B - Ashley Hall - Purdue University SS - Candace Curtis - Purdue University SS - Jessica Toocheck - Kent State University OF - Alicia Hogl - Miami University of Ohio OF - Mary Ellen Russell - University at Buffalo OF - Rachael Sofie - Marshall University UT/P - Caitlyn Jackson - Marshall University UT/Non-P - Michelle Batts - Northwestern University