June 6, 2002
Senior Jarrah Myers (Carbondale, Kan.) was named the 2002 Verizon Academic All-American of the Year on Thursday, June 6. Myers graduated magna cumm laude from the University of Notre Dame on May 20 with an environmental science degree, capping a stellar academic and athletic career for the Irish.
A .370 hitter in 2002, Myers matched the school home run record in a season (13), set the mark for walks in a season (30) and tied the record for runs scored (52). Her RBI total (49) was the second-best all-time and she posted a .992 fielding percentage as Notre Dame’s starting catcher in all 61 Irish games last season.
Those season totals earned Myers a spot on the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America third team and she was a first-team all-region selection. The 2002 All-America honor was the second of her career, making Myers only the fourth Irish player to earn All-America accolades twice in four years (Jennifer Sharron, Terri Kobata and Katie Marten).
Myers also left her mark on the Irish statistical record book. She is the all-time leader in home runs (36), RBI (174), walks (76) and put outs (1,337). She also is top five in batting average (.350, third), hits (350, third), runs (153, second) and triples (eight, fifth).
A key member on two of Notre Dame’s most successful softball teams in school history, Myers appeared in two regional championship games and was named to the 2002 NCAA Region VII all-tournament team. Among the most memorable moments in her career:
* Myers hit three home runs in a doubleheader against Virginia Tech this season to tie, set then extend the school home run record.
* She hit a two-run home run in the 2002 Region VII Tournament to eliminate Oregon State and help the Irish advance to the championship game.
* She joined teammates Lizzy Lemire and Jennifer Sharron in 2001 as the first Irish players to be selected for the U.S. National Softball Team.
* She was named the 2002 BIG EAST Player of the Year after earning the league’s Rookie of the Year award in 1999 while playing third base.
* Myers also was named the 2002 BIG EAST/Aeropostale Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Myers becomes the fifth Notre Dame student-athlete to be named the Academic All-American of the Year in his/her respective sport. Her named is added to list with Tim Ruddy (football, 1993), Jen Renola (women’s soccer, 1997), Pat Garrity (men’s basketball, 1998) and Ruth Riley (women’s basketball, 2001).