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Irish Place Three On All-ACC Academic Squad

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — University of Notre Dame softball players Cait BrooksKatie Marino and Emma Clark added more conference accolades to their season haul, earning spots on the All-ACC Academic Softball Team, announced Thursday.

Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade-point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.

Brooks became the first student-athlete in program history to garner first-team All-America honors when the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced the teams last month. In her senior campaign, she claimed ACC Player of the Year honors 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. She graduated in May from the College of Arts and Letters with a degree in film, television and theatre and a minor in collaborative innovation.

Marino, a science-business major from Warren, New Jersey, was an All-ACC Second Team selection and made her first all-region appearance as an NFCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team honoree. She ranked third in the ACC in runs scored (63) and in walks (41) and fifth in on-base percentage (.497). She also ranked second on the team in slugging (.636) and home runs (10). Her 1.19 runs per game led the ACC and ranked fifth in the country.

Clark, who just wrapped her freshman year in Notre Dame’s First Year of Studies program, was an All-ACC Second Team and All-Freshman Team pick after a solid rookie campaign. She worked her way into a key role in the starting lineup, taking over everyday right field duties and ranking third on the team in batting average (.367) and sixth in on-base percentage (.420).

2019 All-ACC Academic Softball Team

2019 ACC Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Carrie Eberle, Virginia Tech, Jr., P
Dejanae Davis, Duke, Fr., 2B
Kristina Foreman, Duke, Fr., 3B/DP
Jameson Kavel, Duke, So., OF
Peyton St. George, Duke, So., P
Cassidy Davis, Florida State, Jr., P/UT
Carsyn Gordon, Florida State, Sr., IF
Dani Morgan, Florida State, Jr., OF
Kathryn Sandercock, Florida State, Fr., P
Anna Shelnutt, Florida State, Jr., C
Katherine Krzus, Georgia Tech , Sr., IF
Cameron Stanford, Georgia Tech , So., OF
Bailee Zeitler, Georgia Tech , Fr., IF
Rebecca Chung, Louisville, Fr., C
Celene Funke, Louisville, Jr., OF
Megan Hensley, Louisville, Sr., P/UT
Sidney Melton, Louisville, Sr., IF
Danielle Watson, Louisville, So., P
Leah Murray, North Carolina, Sr., 2B
Brittany Pickett, North Carolina, Jr., P
Kiani Ramsey, North Carolina, Sr., OF
Samantha Russ, NC State, So., OF
*Cait Brooks, Notre Dame, Sr., DP
*Emma Clark, Notre Dame, Fr., OF
*Katie Marino, Notre Dame, Jr., IF
Gray, Olivia L, Pitt, Sr., SS
Alexa Romero, Syracuse, Jr., P
Lacy Smith, Virginia, Sr., 1B
Jayme Bailey, Virginia Tech, Fr., UT
Carrie Eberle, Virginia Tech, Jr., P
Caitlyn Nolan, Virginia Tech, Sr., IF