May 7, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Three Notre Dame softball players – Christine Lux, Erin Marrone and Beth Northway – were honored Thursday as each recently was named to the Academic All-District V team in balloting by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) presented by ESPN The Magazine. Lux and Marrone are now under consideration for official Academic All-America Honors as both were part of the award’s first team. Northway was a second-team choice.
Lux is a junior accounting major from Glendale Heights, Ill., with a 3.42 grade-point-average. She has already tied her own single-season home run record this year with 15, and through less than three seasons her 33 career home runs are second on the school’s all-time chart. Lux is tied for third on the school’s single-season list with 50 RBI and also has 10 doubles and a pair of triples to her resume. She finished second in the BIG EAST and first on the team with an overall slugging pct. of .755 and was recently named a first-team all-leaguer. Lux is one of Notre Dame’s all-time best fielders with a .994 career average. She has twice recorded five RBI this season with one multi-home run game on top of 13 multi-RBI contests and 14 multi-hit affairs. Always a threat at the plate, Lux has been intentionally walked four times on the year.
A native of Alexandria, Va., Marrone sports a 3.98 grade-point-average as a sophomore outfielder for the Irish. The second-team all-BIG EAST choice overcame an early season injury to become Notre Dame’s leader at the plate with a .382 batting average. One out of every three of her hits is for extra bases as she has had a hit in 18 of the last 22 games. Marrone hit her first career grand slam against Seton Hall earlier in the season and has had eight multi-run and six multi-hit efforts on the year. She is second on the team with a .484 on-base pct.
Northway paces Notre Dame with a .500 on-base pct. from the lead-off spot. The senior, an accounting major with a 3.83 grade-point-average from Kentwood, Mich., scores just under one run for every three at-bats. She is tied for the team-high with 11 doubles and second with a .376 batting avg. Northway posted a 12-game hitting streak earlier in the year and has had 11 multi-hit and five multi-run games. The designated player ranks second on the Irish squad with seven sacrifices. What makes the first team all-BIG EAST player even more remarkable is that fact that she bounced back from shoulder surgery last year and did not become a fixture in the lineup this season until mid-March.