March 27, 2000
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – For the second time this season, Notre Dame softball player Melanie Alkire (Union City, Calif.) has been named the BIG EAST Player of the Week for her strong performances in Notre Dame’s six games last week. Alkire, who received the same honor March 13, shares the award with Seton Hall’s Vickie Lamb.
Alkire hit .450 (9-for-20) last week, including three runs scored, five doubles and 11 RBI, while going a perfect 2-0 on the mound to move her overall pitching record to 6-0 in 2000. The junior shortstop/pitcher hit .571 in four games to lead Notre Dame to a second-place finish at the Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind., earning all-tournament honors for the second time this season.
The 22nd-ranked Notre Dame softball team will play host to three doubleheaders this week beginning on Wednesday versus Eastern Michigan at 4 p.m. The Irish then open BIG EAST Conference play with games against Connecticut on Friday (4 p.m.) and Providence on Sunday (11 a.m.).