#34 Sarah Smith
AS A SENIOR (2008): Saved her best seasonin a Notre Dame uniform for her final campaignwith the Irish … rewarded with herbreakout season by taking a seat on the all-BIGEAST first team … all-NFCA Mideast Regionfirst team selection, posting the best numbers ofany outfielder on the squad … led team with.370 batting average, 60 hits and 13 sacrifices …had six doubles, 14 RBI and a .407 sluggingpercentage … totaled nine stolen bases … made56 starts and saw action in 59 contests … tiedfor first in the league with nine sacrifice buntsand second in hits (32) and batting average(.457) … her on-base percentage of .486 rankedsixth in league play … shared the outfield witha pair of all-leaguers in Ashley Ellis and BriannaJorgensborg … had two hits against UC Davis(March 1) … joined Ashley Ellis for team-bestsas both players posted a .545 batting average atthe five-game Lowcountry Collegiate SoftballInvitational … the two shared nearly identicalstat lines with a .545 average in 11 at-bats, sixhits, one walk and an on-base percentage of.583 … tagged IUPUI (March 26) for two runson two hits including a double in Notre Dame[apos]shome opener … had a pair of hits in both endsof doubleheaders with St. John[apos]s (April 5) andVillanova (April 13) … slapped around two sacrificesat Louisville (April 19) … slammed fivehits – all singles – in a doubleheader at SouthFlorida (April 20) along with a pair of RBI ingame two with the Bulls … her two-hit effortin game one began a 10-game hitting streak …took home player-of-the-week honors handedout by the BIG EAST on April 28 … in NotreDame[apos]s 5-2-1 outing from April 22-27, recordedfour multi-hit games including two three-hitperformances … went3-for-4 with two runsand one double for a.750 average in NotreDame[apos]s 4-3, eightinningwin overLoyola-Chicago (April24) … she also went3-for-4 with one runand one RBI in a victoryover Connecticut(April 27) … for theweek, finished 14-for-26 (.538) in eightgames with sevenruns, four stolen bases,two RBI and twodoubles along with asacrifice … BIG EASTPlayer of the Week(April 28) … lockedup eight consecutivestolen bags until shewas caught with herhand in the cookie jarat Syracuse (May 4),but dosed the Orangefor four hits, two runsand three RBI in thedoubleheader …scored three runs andhad three hits over athree-game stretchduring the NCAATournament (May 16-17).
AS A JUNIOR (2007): Broke a sweatin 49 contests, startingin 35 of those games… started in all three outfield spots … batted.230 with 14 hits and scored 17 times … tackedon a pair of doubles for the Irish … stole fourbases on the season … started the campaign bygoing 1-for-3 with a double and a score againstAuburn (Feb. 17) … 1-for-3 against UNLV (Feb.24) … 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scoredagainst Ole Miss (Feb. 25) … scored the gamewinningrun against the Rebels … pinch ran andscored a run against Virginia (March 3) … went2-for-3 with two runs scored and a stolen baseagainst Eastern Kentucky (March 11) … scoredthe game-winning run against Fresno State(March 16) at the Judi Garman Classic … scoreda run against IUPUI (March 22) … scored a runas a pinch runner against St. John[apos]s (March 24)… stole a base as a pinch runner against SetonHall (March 25) … started in left field and hada hit against Toledo (March 31) … scored a runas a pinch runner against Syracuse (April 1) …entered the game as a pinch runner againstEastern Michigan (April 10) … started bothgames in right field against Providence (April14) … scored a run in the first game against theFriars … came in as a defensive replacement inthe first game of a doubleheader with WesternMichigan (April 17) … started as the designatedplayer against Ball State (April 18) … started inright field against Valparaiso (April 19) … had ahit, an RBI and a walk in the second gameagainst South Florida (April 22) … also rocketeda shot to home from the outfield to relievea USF runner … laced a gorgeous single downthe left field line against Northwestern (April24) … knocked a double against Loyola-Chicago (May 1) … went 2-for-2 with a runscored against Rutgers (May 5) … finished 1-for-3 with a run scored in the second gameagainst the Scarlet Knights … had a hit and astolen base in the first game against Villanova(May 6) … scored a run in the second gameagainst the Wildcats … scored two runs andstole a base against Connecticut (May 10) toopen the BIG EAST Tournament … had a hitand scored a run in the championship game ofthe BIG EAST Tournament against Louisville(May 12) … saw action in each of the team[apos]sthree games at the NCAA Tournament.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2006): Establishedherself as one of the team[apos]s top base runningthreats … made her first career start in left fieldversus Cal Poly SLO (March 12) and posted herfirst career hit, finishing the game 1-for-2 …also started in left for the Irish at Cal StateFullerton (Feb. 19) … picked up her third stolenbase of the season versus Texas (March 18) …started in left during the second of two gameswith Eastern Michigan (April 4) … also startedin that spot against DePaul (April 13) … startedgame two against Rutgers (April 23) andlogged her second hit of the year, a solid singleto centerfield … picked up her first careermulti-hit game against Purdue (April 26), going2-for-3 with a run scored and one RBI … alsowrapped up the contest with Valparaiso bygoing 1-for-3 … scored a run as a pinch runneragainst UC Santa Barbara (May 18) in theNCAA Tournament.
AS A FRESHMAN (2005): Made 41appearances throughout her first year with theIrish … served primarily as a pinch runner …scored on 14 occasions … saw actionat the dish with a trio of pinch-hittingcameos … crossed the plate fourtimes to score game-winning runsfor the Irish.
THE SMITH FILE: Three-sportstandout at Heritage Hall(Oklahoma City, Okla.) … earnedfour letters as a guard on the basketballteam and two as a sprinteron the track team … two brokenthumbs limited her softball developmentas a prep … helped her ASAteam finish ninth in theIndependence Day Tournament inBoulder, Colo., during the summerof 2004 … member of theFellowship of Christian Athletes …from the same area of Oklahoma asBrook Buck, Sarah Jane Connellyand Lauren Connelly – each ofwhom played tennis at Notre Dame… an accomplished athlete, she alsocompetes in triathlons during theoff-season … daughter of Elizabethand Danny Smith … has twoyounger brothers, Jacob andZachery … born Jan. 16, 1986, inNorman, Okla. … graduated fromthe College of Arts & Letters with atheology degree.
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