May 30, 2006
Junior outfielder Stephanie Brown (Chandler, Ariz.) has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Second Team after a stellar campaign, both on the field in and in the classroom, during the 2006 season. The leadoff hitter for the University of Notre Dame softball team, Brown helped the Irish to a 42-21 record in ’06 and the BIG EAST Championship.
Boasting a 3.42 grade-point average with a marketing major in the Mendoza College of Business, Brown pounded out 79 hits this season for a .393 batting average. She also led the team in runs (44) and stolen bases (20), while establishing career highs for home runs in a single season (8).
In BIG EAST Conference competition, Brown posted even better numbers, hitting .528 against conference teams and setting the league single-season hits record with 38. Her 38th record-setting hit ended up as a two-run home run against Rutgers. She was a four-time selection to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll and earned unanimous first-team all-BIG EAST honors. Brown also was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Mideast Region first team and is in the running for All-America honors (to be announced this week).
Brown is a member of Notre Dame’s prestigious Academic Honors Program and is a perennial selection for the Univeristy’s Dean’s List.