May 23, 2002
University of Notre Dame softball players Andrea Loman (Riverside, Calif.) and Jarrah Myers (Carbondale, Kan.) were named 2002 All-Americans by Louisville Slugger and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Wednesday, May 22, at the annual All-America banquet held in Oklahoma City, Okla., the site of the 2002 Women’s College World Series.
Loman and Myers helped lead the Irish to the championship round of the NCAA Region VII Tournament in Iowa City, Iowa, for the second consecutive season in 2002. The Irish finished just one step away from a berth in the World Series, while finishing with a 44-17 record, an 18-2 BIG EAST Conference record and capturing both the BIG EAST Conference regular season and championship titles.
Junior third base Loman led the team in batting average this season (.377), pounding out 66 hits, 10 doubles, a career-best 12 home runs and 43 RBI. Known across the country as one of the best defensive third basemen in Division I, Loman committed just eight errors at third base (.962 fielding percentage) this season. Five of those errors occurred after she broke the index finger on her throwing hand on April 7.
Loman was also recognized as the BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Player in 2002, after hitting .353 in the five tournament games with seven RBI, a home run, a double and a triple.
Myers capped off her spectacular career with the Irish this season, setting numerous season records and earning the 2002 BIG EAST Player of the Year award. A .370 hitter this season, Myers matched the school home run record in a season with 13, tied the record for runs in a season (52), finished second all-time in RBI (49), set the mark for most walks (30) and finished with a .992 fielding percentage for the second consecutive season.
This is Myers’ second All-America honor (third team in 2001) and she joins Jennifer Sharron, Terri Kobata and Katie Marten as the only two-time All-America honorees in Notre Dame softball history.
An Academic All-America candidate as well, Myers graduated magna cumm laude on May 19, 2002, with a degree in environmental science.
Both Loman and Myers have been selected to try out for the U.S. National Team this summer as well. Myers was a member of the USA Blue team last summer that won the Pan Am Qualifier for the United States in Maracay, Venezuela.