Notre Dame Athletics | May 10, 2019
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — After an explosive season saw University of Notre Dame softball senior Cait Brooks shatter the program's single-season home run record and lead the Atlantic Coast Conference in five statistical categories, she was named the ACC Softball Player of the Year by a vote of the league's coaches Tuesday.
Brooks headlined the All-ACC awards and team announcements and joined fellow senior Melissa Rochford and freshman pitcher Payton Tidd on the first team. Junior Katie Marino and freshman Emma Clark earned Second Team All-ACC accolades, while both Tidd and Clark were featured on the All-Freshman Team.
At the conclusion of the regular season, Brooks leads the conference in batting average (.433), home runs (20), total bases (129), slugging percentage (.915) and on-base percentage (.525), marking the fifth time in league history that a player led the league in batting average, home runs and slugging percentage. She also ranks second in the league in RBI (56), ninth in hits (61) and 10th in runs scored (44). Additionally, Brooks leads the league in ACC games in batting average (.529), hits (37), home runs (10), total bases (72), on-base percentage (.626) and slugging percentage (1.029). Her 20 total home runs set an Irish single-season mark, besting the previous record of 17 last set by Laura Winter in 2013.
Tidd has become the Irish ace in the circle, leading the team with a 24-7 record, including 15-2 in ACC play. Her 24 wins are good for third in the ACC (first among ACC freshman) and ranks third among freshman nationally. She ranks sixth in the league in starts (27), seventh in ERA (2.46), eighth in opponent batting average (.233) and ninth in strikeouts (136). In ACC play, she leads the league in wins (15) and ranks fourth in starts (14), sixth in complete games (5) and opponent batting average (.223) and seventh in ERA (2.16) and strikeouts (71).
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