May. 1, 2000
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – After leading 19th-ranked Notre Dame to its fifth straight BIG EAST regular season softball title and the top seed at this weekend’s conference tournament, sophomore catcher Jarrah Myers (Carbondale, Kan.) and junior pitcher Jennifer Sharron (Agoura Hills, Calif.) both earned BIG EAST weekly honors. Myers earned her second nod as BIG EAST Player of the Week, while Sharron won her third BIG EAST Pitcher-of-the-Week award, sharing the honor with Villanova pitcher Keri Stoller.
Myers led the Irish on offense, by hitting .474 (9-for-19) in six games including six runs scored, a double, three home runs and a team-best eight RBI. She also hit a team high .615 (8-for-13) in BIG EAST games against Seton Hall and St. John’s, with a 1.385 slugging percentage. Myers’ week was highlighted by a two home run performance in Notre Dame’s 6-2 win over Seton Hall, tying her for the team lead with 10 (ties school record) in 2000. Myers’ two home runs also lifted the Irish to a total of 31 for the season, breaking the previous school record of 29 set by the 1999 squad.
Sharron, a leading candidate for conference pitcher-of-the-year honors, went 3-0 in three appearances last week with a 0.33 earned-run average. She allowed just one earned run, walked three and struck out 30 in 21 innings pitched. Against 22nd-ranked Illinois-Chicago, Sharron pitched a complete-game shutout, striking out 11 and allowing just one base runner to advance to third base. On Sunday, Sharron tallied her second 11-strikeout performance of the week, pitching a three-hitter against host Seton Hall.
The Notre Dame softball team will be back in action this Friday, May 5, at the BIG EAST championships in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The top-seeded Irish face the fourth seeded Boston College Eagles at 11 a.m. in the first game of the four-team tournament.