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Brooks Named NFCA First Team All-American

Irish slugger becomes first First Team honoree in program history

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — After a record-breaking season saw her reach the 20 home run mark, University of Notre Dame softball graduate Cait Brooks was named to the All-America First Team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Wednesday.

Brooks became the first student-athlete in program history to garner first team All-America honors. The recognition caps a senior campaign in which she claimed ACC Player of the Year and led the conference in home runs (20, 11th in nation) and slugging percentage (.857, 12th in nation) and ranked second in the league in batting average (.416, 31st in nation), RBI (57) and total bases (132, 26th in nation).

The Burbank, California, native etched career highs in batting average (.416), runs (45), hits (64), home runs (20), RBI (57), slugging percentage (.857), walks (39) and on-base percentage (.523) and struck out a career-low 11 times. 

Brooks helped the Irish to their 31st season of at least 30 wins and their 21st consecutive NCAA Regional appearance. Following Notre Dame’s appearance in the Norman, Oklahoma, regional, she graduated from the College of Arts and Letters with a degree in film, television and theatre and a minor in collaborative innovation.