May 23, 2003
Senior third basemen Andrea Loman, already the 2003 BIG EAST Player of the Year and championship most outstanding player, has added another prestigious honor to her resume. Loman was named to the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America third team this week, marking the second-straight year that the Riverside, Calif., native has earned All-America honors.
Loman led the Irish in every important offensive statistical category this season, batting .402 with nine home runs, 42 RBI and 18 stolen bases. She was named the 2003 BIG EAST Player of the Year (the seventh Irish player to earn that distinction) and backed up the honor by hitting a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Villanova for the BIG EAST Championship title. Her stellar performance during the tournament also earned Loman the tournament’s most outstanding player award.
The third-team honor Loman received is the 12th All-America honor landed by an Irish player since 1994. The recent success of the Notre Dame program has helped the Irish earn eight of those awards in the last three seasons.
Loman’s playing career is over, but her influence on the Irish record books will live on for many years to come. On the season record lists, her .402 batting average in 2003 is tied for the second-best all time. Her other season-record rankings include fourth for home runs (nine), sixth for RBI (42) and fourth in stolen bases (18). The ’03 season was not the only outstanding year that Loman posted, however.
She ends her career as the Notre Dame all-time leader in runs (164), walks (87) and stolen bases (60). Loman also ranks in the top-five all-time in doubles (44), home runs (31), RBI (148), batting average (.347) and games played (233).
Among the other awards earned during her outstanding career, Loman was a four-time first-team all-BIG EAST selection and the conference rookie of the year in 2000. She was invited to try out of the national team on three separate occasions and earned first-team NFCA all-mideast regional honors in 2002 and 2003.