May 14, 2008
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – A pair of Notre Dame softball players were recently named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Louisville Slugger Division I All-Mideast Region team, as senior outfielder Sarah Smith and junior pitcher Brittney Bargar took home the honors. Chosen by NFCA member coaches from each region, the honorees will now be eligible for selection to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America first, second or third teams.
Smith, a first-teamer, had a remarkable campaign by leading the team with a .373 clip and 57 hits. She has six doubles and 13 RBI heading into the NCAA Regionals at Ann Arbor. The lefty slapper has reached base at a .400 average and has nine stolen bases. She was the BIG EAST’s player of the week on April 28.
Bargar, who was a first-team all-BIG EAST selection along with Smith, found a spot on the second team after carrying a 1.18 ERA and a 29-13 record from the circle. She has struck out 233 batters and held opposing teams to a .191 average at the plate. Bargar has tossed eight shutouts – including a no-hitter – and combined for a ninth with Jody Valdivia. Her ERA, wins total and innings pitched (273.1) rank among the top in the nation. On three occasions this past season, Bargar nabbed the league’s top pitcher of the week honor.
All-NFCA Mideast Region
First TeamPos. - Name - SchoolP - Lauren Delaney - Northwestern UniversityP - Brittany Weil - University of IowaC - Rachel Folden - Marshall University1B - Brittany Herald - University of Evansville2B - Nicole Pauly - Northwestern University3B - Amber Patton - DePaul UniversitySS - Tammy Williams - Northwestern UniversityOF - Sarah Smith - University of Notre DameOF - Breanna Robinson - Miami University of OhioOF - Ellen Kresl - Loyola UniversityUT/P - Becca Heteniak - DePaul UniversityUT/Non-P - Colleen McGlaughlin - University of IowaUT/Non-P - Sandy Vojik - DePaul UniversitySecond TeamPos. - Name - SchoolP - Kylie Reynolds - Kent State UniversityP - Brittney Bargar - University of Notre DameC - Erin Dyer - Northwestern University1B - Kelsey Haupert - Purdue University2B - Kelly Miller - Purdue University3B - Ashley Hall - Purdue UniversitySS - Candace Curtis - Purdue UniversitySS - Jessica Toocheck - Kent State UniversityOF - Alicia Hogl - Miami University of OhioOF - Mary Ellen Russell - University at BuffaloOF - Rachael Sofie - Marshall UniversityUT/P - Caitlyn Jackson - Marshall UniversityUT/Non-P - Michelle Batts - Northwestern University