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Notre Dame Softball Set To Face Illinois-Chicago In NCAA Regionals

May 16, 2000

2000 NCAA Softball Tournament:
At Ann Arbor, Mich. – May 18-21 – Region 8
(All games May 18-19 at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. EDT)

May 18
Game 1 – #1 Stanford vs. #6 Central Mich.
Game 2 – #2 Michigan vs. #5 DePaul
Game 3 – #3 Notre Dame vs. #4 Ill.-Chicago

May 19
Game Four – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
Game Five – Winner Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3
Game Six – Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3

May 20-21 – TBA

Ann Arbor Again: For the second straight year, the 17th-ranked Notre Dame softball team will be headed to Ann Arbor, Mich., May 18-21, as the third seed in one of eight, six-team regionals in the 2000 NCAA Women’s Softball Championships. The Irish (46-12) will face the number four seed Illinois-Chicago (UIC) Flames (52-23) Thursday in the first game of the double elimination regional at 12:30 p.m. (EDT).

Notre Dame is making its fifth NCAA appearance overall and its second consecutive after earning the automatic bid to the 48-team tournament by defeating Connecticut, 7-0, in the BIG EAST Tournament championship last weekend. Joining Notre Dame and Illinois-Chicago are top seed Stanford (45-16), second seed Michigan (42-15), fifth seed DePaul (35-20) and sixth seed Central Michigan (28-11).

The Irish and the Flames will face each other for the third time this season and the fourth time in NCAA tournament action. Notre Dame also have played two of the other four teams in the regional this year, including DePaul and host Michigan.

This is the fourth time in five tries that Notre Dame has traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich. for NCAA tournament action. Notre Dame made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1994 at the University of Indiana, the only time the Irish have not traveled to Michigan.

NCAA Tournament History: The Irish are making their second consecutive NCAA appearance and their fifth in the last seven years. Last year, Notre Dame went 1-2 with two losses to eventual regional runner-up Nebraska and an upset win over Michigan (1-0), which broke the Wolverines’ string of four straight regional titles. In 1996, the team went 0-2, just a year after advancing to its first and only regional final in 1995. The 1995 team posted two wins over Illinois-Chicago, before falling to the Wolverines 15-6.

In Notre Dame’s first NCAA appearance in 1994 at the Mideast Regional in Bloomington, Ind., the fourth seeded Irish defeated the top seed Indiana 4-1 in the opening game, but then suffered back-to-back losses to Illinois-Chicago (1-0) and Indiana (8-0).

The Irish are 4-8 overall in NCAA regional games, including a 2-1 mark versus Illinois-Chicago, a 1-2 record against Michigan and an 0-1 mark versus Central Michigan.

Notre Dame NCAA Tournament History
1994 – d. Indiana (4-1), lost to Illinois-Chicago (0-1), lost to Indiana (0-8)
1995 – d. Ill.-Chicago (5-2), lost to Michigan (0-2), d. Ill.-Chicago (8-5), lost to Mich. (15-6)
1996 – lost to South Carolina (0-3), lost to Central Michigan (3-9)
1999 – lost to Nebraska (0-2), d. Michigan (1-0), lost to Nebraska (4-3 in eight innings)

Tournament Experience: Nine current Notre Dame players, including six of nine projected starters, have previous NCAA experience all from the 1999 season. Starting leftfielder junior Lizzy Lemire (Irvine, Calif.) led the Irish at the plate last year with a .556 average in three games, while junior pitcher Jennifer Sharron (Agoura Hills, Calif.) was 1-2 on the mound with a 1.34 earned-run average. Both Lemire and Sharron were all-tournament honorees.

BIG EAST Champs: The 19th-ranked Notre Dame softball team won its 11th straight game to claim its second consecutive BIG EAST championship, defeating Connecticut 7-0 May 7 at Boston College’s Shea Field. The Irish finished out the regular season with a 12-2 record, wrapping up their fifth straight BIG EAST regular season title.

Junior Melanie Alkire (Union City, Calif.) was named the tournament’s most outstanding player, going 6-for-8 at the plate with three home runs, five runs scored and six RBI in three games.

A #17 For The Team: Fresh off its second straight BIG EAST championship title, the Notre Dame softball team (46-12) rose to a #17 national ranking in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) poll released May 10. The #17 ranking ties the highest in program history as the 1994 squad also was ranked 17th in the NFCA preseason poll.

In 2000, the Irish spent the last three weeks at the 19th slot, after being ranked as high as 18th. Notre Dame entered the poll at the 22nd position on March 22, after receiving just one vote in the preseason poll.

BIG EAST Sweep: The Notre Dame softball team cleaned-up at the conference’s annual award banquet, getting at least a share of all four major awards and placing seven players on the 12-member all-BIG EAST first team.

Junior Melanie Alkire earned her second straight player-of-the-year award, junior pitcher Jennifer Sharron garnered her third straight pitcher-of-the-year award and freshman Andrea Loman (Riverside, Calif.) was named co-rookie of the year with Boston College’s Kim Ryan. Irish head coach Liz Miller also was named the conference coach of the year.

Alkire, Sharron and Loman were joined on the all-BIG EAST first team by teammates sophomore catcher Jarrah Myers (Carbondale, Kan.), junior leftfielder Lizzy Lemire, junior centerfielder Danielle Klayman (San Diego, Calif.) and sophomore rightfielder Jennifer Kriech (Indianapolis, Ind.).

In addition to the team’s seven first-team selections, freshman Andria Bledsoe (Higley, Ariz.) was named to the all-BIG EAST second team and joined Loman on the conference all-rookie team.

Staying Steady: For the fourth and final time, Notre Dame stayed in the number one slot of the Northeast Regional rankings. Also appearing in the fourth set of regional rankings released Thursday, May 11, were BIG EAST Conference foes Connecticut (3rd) and Villanova (7th).

The Irish made their first appearance in the Northeast Region after being ranked in the Mideast Region last year, where they finished the season in the number 10 slot. The bi-weekly rankings are used as a part of the championship tournament selection process and consist of six regions with 10 teams apiece.

NCAA Northeast Regional Rankings – May 11, 2000
1. Notre Dame (46-12)
2. Hofstra (38-18)
3. Connecticut (36-17)
4. Massachusetts (32-20)
5. Delaware (35-12)
6. Boston University (32-17)
7. Villanova (36-17-1)
8. Virginia Tech (39-20)
9. Long Island (28-17-1)
10. Canisius (32-21)

Just a Coincidence?: At 46-12, the 2000 Notre Dame softball team has tied the 1996 squad for having the best record in program history. The 1996 team also earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament at Ann Arbor, Mich., where it received the number three seed.

With its 46-12 record in 2000, the Irish became the fifth squad to reach the 40-win plateau in the program’s 12-year history. The school record for most wins in a season is 48 by the 1996 team.

To Be Shutout Or Not To Be Shutout: The Irish have scored at least one run in all 58 of their games, while shutting out their opponents 23 times. The closest the Irish have come to being shutout was against Indiana State on April 18, but a one-out home run by Lizzy Lemire in the bottom of the seventh inning against Indiana State kept the team’s streak alive. The record for least games shutout in a season is three by the 1993 squad which went 36-13.

Going Yard: With Jarrah Myers’ two-home run game against Seton Hall (April 30), the Irish broke the school’s team home run record of 29, recording 35 overall in 2000. Junior Lizzy Lemire’s first home run of the season, against DePaul April 13, gave the Irish a school-record seven players who have gone yard at least once in 2000. Junior Melanie Alkire, who belted a school-record tying 10 in 1999, currently has the school record with 13. Sophomore Jarrah Myers, however, was the first Irish player to break the 10-home run barrier, belting her 11th of the season against Boston College May 5 at the BIG EAST championships.

After hitting just four home runs as a team in 1998, Notre Dame erupted for a team record 29 in 1999, beating the previous school record of 17 set in 1994.

Team Home Runs By Year
1989 – Four by three players, 1990 – Seven by three players, 1991 – None,
1992 – Nine by three players, 1993 – Seven by three players, 1994 – 17 by five players
1995 – 11 by four players, 1996 – Six by three players, 1997 – 14 by four players,
1998 – Four by three players, 1999 – 29 by six players, 2000 – 35 by seven players

GTE Honors: Notre Dame junior outfielder Danielle Klayman and sophomore catcher Jarrah Myers were named to the 2000 GTE Softball Academic All-District V First Team. Both are now eligible for national honors, which will be announced June 8.

The Irish have a long history of success in producing Academic All-Americans with six different players earning the distinction, including three-time honorees Katie Marten and Joy Battersby.

Action – Scouting the Field: The Irish head into this weekend’s regionals having played three of their possible five opponents, including first-game opponent Illinois-Chicago, in 2000. Notre Dame holds a 3-2 record versus UIC, DePaul and Michigan, while it has not played Central Michigan or Stanford this year.

The Flames: Illinois-Chicago (51-23) will be back to avenge Notre Dame’s doubleheader sweep back on April 26. Since then, the third-seeded Flames have won eight straight, including the Midwestern Collegiate Conference title over Wisconsin-Green Bay , 4-0.

Senior All-American Sam Iuli is back to form after sitting out nearly a month with an ankle injury, having won each of her team’s last eight games on the mound. Offensively, head coach Mike McGovern’s squad is led by Stefanie Christoferson, who is hitting .346 with 11 home runs and a team best 44 RBI. Sophomore Edel Leyden is another threat on offense, having scored a team high 53 runs with 13 doubles and 16 stolen bases.

Besides Iuli (24-8), who surrendered five hits and four runs in 1.1 innings on April 26 versus the Irish, pitcher Rory Gonzales-Gould has started 30 games with a 18-11 record.

Notre Dame and Illinois-Chicago have a long NCAA history together, having met in both 1994 and 1995. The Flames, who would qualify for the College World Series, won the first meeting at Indiana with a 1-0 shutout victory in 1994. Notre Dame then got its revenge the next season, beating UIC twice, 5-2 and 8-5, before falling in its only trip to the regional finals to Michigan.

Iuli-Klayman: This is the fifth meeting between former summer ball teammates Notre Dame’s Danielle Klayman and Illinois-Chicago’s Samantha Iuli. Both Klayman and Iuli played summer ball together in San Diego, with Klayman catching for Iuli.

The Cardinal: The ninth-ranked Stanford Cardinal enters the regional as the top seed and will play sixth seed Central Michigan in its first game. Stanford, under head coach John Rittman, finished fourth in the powerful Pac-10, earning an at-large bid with a 45-16 record. The Cardinal has had big wins over Arizona, UCLA, Fresno State and California, but lost a 2-0 game against Michigan in the early part of the season.

Jessica Mendoza, the 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year, leads the team in batting with a .479 average including 91 hits, 11 home runs and 20 doubles to go along with a .768 slugging percentage. Sophomore Robin Walker (.351) and Sara Beeson (.345) have seen starting time in all 61 games, while pitcher Dana Sorenson is the team’s ace with a 22-8 record, 15 complete games and 146 strikeouts.

The Irish have never played Stanford, which lost two straight games to Pacific and Fresno State in the 1999 NCAA championships.

The Wolverines: The second-seeded Michigan Wolverines and the Irish may face each other for the second straight year in regional action, should both teams win their first games. Currently, Michigan is 43-14 overall and are ranked 13th nationally having won the Big Ten Tournament title last weekend with a 2-0 victory over Iowa.

Catcher Stefanie Volpe is first on the team in batting with a .374 average, while third baseman Pam Kosanke is second with a .360 mark and a team-best 14 doubles. Pitchers Marie Barda (17-6) and Marissa Young (16-3) both have earned-run averages under 1.00.

The Irish are 1-2 in NCAA Tournament games with the Wolverines, while they are 4-5 all-time versus head coach Carol Hutchins squad.

Conrad Connection: Former Michigan All-American and current Notre Dame assistant coach Traci Conrad will face her alma mater for the second time this weekend. Conrad is the Big Ten career hits leader and won numerous national awards while playing four years at first base. As a senior in 1999, she was named a Honda Award Finalist and a third team All-American, while receiving her second nod as Big Ten Player of the Year and Michigan team MVP.

Conrad coincidentally struck out to end the game in Notre Dame’s 1-0 win in last year’s NCAA regional in Ann Arbor, Mich., which eliminated the Wolverines.

The Blue Demons: Notre Dame and DePaul split their non-conference doubleheader in 2000, with the Irish winning the first game 5-1 and the Blue Demons taking the second 4-3. Should the two teams face in regional action, it would be the first postseason meeting between the two schools.

Under head coach Eugene Lenti, DePaul is 36-20 overall with big wins over Alabama (3-2) and Cal State Fullerton (2-0). The Blue Demons got an at-large bid to the tournament after falling in the championship game of the Conference USA Tournament to Southern Mississippi, 4-0. Outfielder Shavaughne Desecki is first on the team in batting average with a .370 mark, including a team-best 11 doubles, 27 RBI and eight home runs. Pitchers Vanessa Saavedra (11-7), Lindsay Chouinard (15-8) and Ashley Ivey (10-5) have all seen starting time in the circle this season.

Friend or Foe?: The Irish will see a familiar face in the opposing team’s dugout should the Irish and DePaul face each other. Former Notre Dame standout Sara Hayes (Notre Dame ?95) is in her fifth year as an assistant coach for the Blue Demons. Hayes holds five Notre Dame career records for games played (232), at bats (720), home runs (26), RBI (137) and walks (66). She also was the MCC Player of the Year in 1995.

The Chippewas: Central Michigan, which is 31-11 in 2000, is making its 10th appearance in the NCAA championships and second consecutive trip to Ann Arbor for regional action. The Chippewas hold a 1-0 advantage over the Irish, having won the two teams’ only meeting in NCAA action in 1996 (9-3).

The Chippewas in 2000 have been led by Jennifer Skuta, who is hitting .363 with six doubles, five triple and 19 RBI. Junior Kim Burke also is hitting .360 with a team-best 10 doubles and 18 RBI. On the mound, Mid-American Conference Player of the Year Tina Kinney is 22-6 overall with a 1.25 earned-run average, 10 shutouts and a .195 opponent batting average.

Central Michigan is coached by Margo Jonker, who earned her 700th career victory this season and serves an assistant coach for the USA Softball team in this summer’s Olympic Games.

Within the Ranks: In the NCAA’s most recent statistics through games of May 7, the Irish now appear in seven categories. Junior Melanie Alkire moved up to the fifth spot in runs batted in with 64, pitcher Jennifer Sharron continues to move up in earned-run average from 24th to 22nd with a 0.92 mark and is also ranked 13th in wins with 25. The team’s batting average is ninth nationally (.313), it’s team earned-run average is 15th (1.30) and its winning percentage (.793) is ninth-best in the country. Sophomore Jennifer Kriech also reappeared in the triples per game rankings, coming in at 17th with eight overall.

Record Breakers: The 2000 Irish have already broken or tied 14 school records.

Game Records:

  • RBI in a game (6) by Melanie Alkire vs. San Diego State (3/12) beating the previous record of five by seven people
  • Home runs in a game (2) by Andrea Loman vs. Texas, by Jarrah Myers vs. Seton Hall and by Melanie Alkire vs. Connecticut, tying the record of four others
  • Triples in a game (2) by Jennifer Kriech vs. Indiana State (3/18) tying the record of six others

Individual Season Records:

  • RBI in a season (64) by Melanie Alkire, with the previous record of 48 set by Sara Hayes in 1994.
  • Home runs in a season (13) by Melanie Alkire, breaking record of 10 set by Sara Hayes in 1994.
  • Triples in a season (8) by Jennifer Kriech, tying the record of eight by Katie Marten in 1997.
  • Wins in a season (25) by Jennifer Sharron, breaking the record of 24 by Terri Kobata in 1995.

Team Season Records:

  • Consecutive team shutouts (5) from March 4-12, beating the previous record of four.
  • Triples by a team in a season (18), beating the record of 16 by the 1995 squad.
  • Home runs in a season (35), beating the previous record of 29 set by the 1999 squad.
  • Strikeouts in a season (417), beating the previous record of 377 by the 1994 squad.
  • Shutouts in a season (23), beating the record of 21 by the 1999 and 1996 teams.
  • Runs in a season (297), besting the previous record of 296 by the 1996 team.
  • Total bases in a season (715), breaking the record of 686 by the 1999 squad.

Miller’s 300th: Notre Dame head coach Liz Miller is in her eighth season at Notre Dame (322-147) and her 25th season overall (863-289). Recently, she earned her 300th win at Notre Dame against BIG EAST Conference foe Connecticut in the team’s 3-0 win back on March 31.

Miller directed the Irish to three BIG EAST South Division titles from 1996-98, while the team went undefeated in capturing both the BIG EAST regular season and conference championships in 1999. Before being hired at Notre Dame, Miller was the head softball coach at Lake Michigan College where she amassed a 541-142 record in 17 seasons.

Other Top Season Notes: – Shutout Queens: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish did not allow a run in four tournament games en route to a perfect 4-0 record and the State Line Classic championship title, March 4-5. The State Line Classic was the second early season tournament title for the team in as many years, after earning their first one in the Liz Miller era at the 1999 Gladstone’s Tournament at South Florida. – Alkire Pitches a No-No: In her second start of the year, junior pitcher Melanie Alkire threw her first career solo no-hitter in the team’s 8-0 romp over Kentucky. Alkire, who pitched a combined no-hitter with former teammate Angela Bessolo last season versus Tennessee-Martin, walked three batters while striking out four in five innings (eight-run rule). The no-hitter is the 24th in program history. – Making A Name: In a tournament with 10 of the top 25 and six of the top 10 ranked teams in the nation, the Notre Dame softball team made a name for itself, advancing to the semifinals of the Kia Classic at Cal State Fullerton, March 15-19, before losing to second-ranked Arizona, 6-3. The Irish began their spring break trip by sweeping two games from San Diego State, one from Loyola Marymount and then opened the tournament with a 1-0 shutout of Cal State Northridge, the team’s 11th straight victory. The Irish then fell in a close game to #3 Arizona State (2-1) before defeating Texas, #16 Louisiana-Lafayette and #6 Oklahoma.

USA Today/NFCA Div. I Poll (5/10/00)

Rank Team (1st Pl. Vts.) W-L Vts LR
1. Washington (22) 54-6 670 1
2. Arizona (5) 50-7 653 2
3. UCLA 36-10-1 611 3
4. Oklahoma 55-6 596 4
5. Arizona State 39-16 545 5
6. Fresno State 47-12 530 6
7. LSU 53-10 507 7
8. S. Mississippi 54-10 499 8
9. Stanford 44-14 455 10
10. California 44-20 422 9
11. Alabama 59-10 395 11
12. Cal State Fullerton 43-11 364 14
13. Oregon State 36-17-1 345 12
14. Michigan 40-13-1 323 13
15. Iowa 42-12 317 15
16. La.-Lafayette 44-13 257 17
17. Notre Dame 46-12 201 19
18. Nebraska 45-18 184 20
19. Oregon 34-24 161 16
20. Long Beach State 37-20 138 18
21. Florida Atlantic 55-15 130 22
22. Mississippi State 41-23 83 21
23. Illinois-Chicago 49-23 66 23
24. Florida State 48-25 52 RV
25. South Carolina 35-25 38 25

Others Receiving Votes: Oklahoma State (32), North Carolina (25), Penn State (20), Texas (16), New Mexico (15), DePaul (13), Hofstra (11), Pacific (11), Western Illinois (11), Connecticut (3), East Carolina (3), Massachusetts (3).

Notre Dame in the NFCA Poll
Current Rank:
17th (201 votes)
2000 High Rank:
17th (current)
First Rank in 2000:
March 22 (22nd)
Preseason Rank:
RV (1)
Last Time Ranked:
Highest Rank:
17th (2000, ?94)

2000 Week-By-Week Rankings
May 10 – 17th
May 3 – 19th
April 26 – 19th
April 19 – 19th
April 12 – 18th
April 5 – 21st
March 29 – 21st
March 22 – 22nd
March 15 – RV (19)
March 8 – RV (21)
March 1 – RV (26)
February 23 – RV (13)
January 26 (Preseason) – RV (1)

BIG EAST Weekly Honors

BIG EAST Players of the Week
May 1 – Jarrah Myers, ND
April 25 – Lizzy Lemire, ND
April 17 – Jarrah Myers, ND
April 11 – Debbie DeJong, RU
April 3 – Lisa Girolamo, UCONN
March 27 – Melanie Alkire, ND
Vickie Lamb, SH
March 20 – Megan Biddle, Connecticut
March 13 – Melanie Alkire, Notre Dame
BIG EAST Pitchers of the Week
May 1 – Jennifer Sharron, ND
Keri Stoller, VI
April 25 – Misty Beaver, SH
April 11 and 17 – Jennifer Sharron, ND
April 3 – Keri Stoller (VI), Leah Black (RU)
March 27 – Barbara Cook, UCONN
March 20 – Michelle Moschel, ND
March 13 – Barbara Cook, UCONN
BIG EAST Rookies of the Week
April 25, May 1 – Sara Carlson, VI
April 17 – Kim Ryan, BC
April 11 – Kim Ryan, BC
Courtney Fitzgerald, SJ
April 3 – Andria Bledsoe, ND
March 27 – Christina Shanko, SH
March 20 – Andrea Loman, ND
Kelly Hulpa, Pitt.
March 13 – Andria Bledsoe, ND

Final BIG EAST Standings

Notre Dame 12 2 0 .857
Connecticut 12 4 0 .750
Villanova 9 7 0 .563
Boston College 9 7 0 .563
St. John’s 8 8 0 .500
Seton Hall 7 9 0 .438
Rutgers 6 8 0 .429
Pittsburgh 4 12 0 .250
Providence 3 13 0 .188

All-Time Results vs. NCAA Regional Opponents

#1 Seed – Stanford (0-0):

#2 Seed – Michigan (4-5):
1994: W, 2-1, W, 5-1
1995: W, 4-3, L, 0-2, L, 6-15
1997: L, 1-2, L, 4-5
1999: W, 1-0
2000: L, 1-5

#4 Seed – Illinois-Chicago (12-7):
1989: W, 2-0, L, 0-3
1991: W, 2-0, W, 3-1
1994: L, 0-7, W, 4-3, L, 0-2, L, 0-1
1995: L, 1-3, W, 6-2, W, 1-0, W, 3-0, W, 5-2, W, 8-5
1996: W, 10-2
1999: L, 3-6, L, 3-8
2000: W, 4-0, W, 7-1

#5 Seed – DePaul (10-20-1):
1989: L, 1-10, L, 0-7, L, 2-4
1990: L, 1-6, L, 2-3, L, 1-5, T, 0-0
1991: W, 1-0, W, 2-0,L, 0-4, W, 2-1
1992: W, 2-1, L, 0-1, L, 0-2,L, 0-1, W, 2-0, L, 3-5
1993: L, 1-2, W, 1-0, W, 3-0, L, 7-9
1994: W, 4-0, L, 1-2
1995: W, 3-0
1997: L, 0-4, L, 4-10 (8)
1998: L, 4-5, L, 0-1, L, 1-3
2000: W, 5-1, L, 3-4

#6 Seed – Central Michigan (3-1):
1996: W, 10-0, L, 3-9
1993: W, 3-2, W, 4-0

NCAA Quotes From Irish Coach Liz Miller

On traveling to Michigan:
“We’ve played at Michigan enough, it kind of feels like our home field … It gives us the advantage of being familiar with the field and the surroundings so it’s not like we’re going to a strange place.”

On the teams in the regional:
“Almost all the teams we could play, we have seen in our region before. The only team we have not ever seen is Stanford, so they are the unknown to us. The rest we are familiar with, so it’s not like we will be seeing teams that we don’t have an idea of where they are coming from.”

On playing Illinois-Chicago:
“We saw Illinois-Chicago twice this year, but that was when (their top player) Sam Iuli was just coming off of her month-long injury. That’s a big difference from what Sam Iuli is capable of doing. It will be a totally different Sam Iuli when we play them Thursday.”

2000 Season Game Bests

At-bats: 27 – vs. Missouri (2/25)
Runs: 16 – vs. Providence (4/2)
Hits: 16 – vs. Kent State (3/25)
RBI: 16 – vs. Providence (4/2)
Doubles: 7 – vs. Providence (4/2)
Triples: 2 – vs. Indiana State (4/18)
Home runs: 2 – nine times
Total Bases: 26 – vs. Kent State (3/25)
Walks: 7 – vs. Pittsburgh (4/22)
Stolen Bases: 5 – vs. Butler (4/12)
Putouts: 29 vs. Missouri (2/25)
Assists: 16 vs. Buterl (4/12)
Strikeouts: 15 vs. Villanova (4/9)
Fewest Hits Allowed:
0 vs. Kentcuky (3/5)
1, three times


At-bats: 5 – Three Times
Runs scored: 3 – Seven Times
Hits: 4 – Andria Bledsoe vs. UCSB (2/19),
4 – Danielle Klayman vs. W. Mich. (4/6)
RBI: 6 – Melanie Alkire vs. SDSU (3/12)
Doubles: 2- Six Times
Triples: 2- Jennifer Kriech vs. Ind. St. (4/18)
Home Runs: 2 – Three Times
T. Bases: 9 – Melanie Alkire vs. SDSU (3/12)
Walks: 3 – Andrea Loman vs. Oregon (2/19), St. John’s (4/29)
Stolen Bases: 2 – Six Times
Putouts: 15 – Jarrah Myers vs. Vill. (4/9)
Assists: 7 – Melanie Alkire vs. Butler (4/12)
Innings Pitched: 9 – Jennifer Sharron vs. Missouri (2/25)
Strikeouts: 12 – Jennifer Sharron vs. Missouri (2/25) and Pittsburgh (4/22), Michelle Moschel vs. Virginia Tech (3/4)

2000 Notre Dame Tentative Defensive Starting Lineup
Pitchers – Jennifer Sharron, Jr. (LHP)
Michelle Moschel, So. (RHP)
Catcher – Jarrah Myers, So.
First Base – Andrea Loman, Fr.
Second Base – Alexis Madrid, Fr.
Third Base – Andria Bledsoe, Fr.
Shortstop – Melanie Alkire, Jr.
Left field – Lizzy Lemire, Jr.
Center field – Danielle Klayman, Jr.
Right field – Jenny Kriech, So.