ACC Announces Softball Players of the Week

Notre Dame sweeps honors following 4-0 week

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Notre Dame sophomore leftfielder Bailey Bigler has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Player of the Week, while Fighting Irish senior Allie Rhodes earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors.

The honor is the second of the season for Rhodes, who was also named ACC Pitcher of the Week on March 7. Bigler was named ACC Player of the Week for the first time.

Bigler was the top Notre Dame hitter during a 4-0 week that included a three-game sweep at Virginia Tech. Bigler went 6-for-9 (.667) against three-time ACC Pitcher of the Week Maggie Tyler during the Virginia Tech series and delivered a pair of game-winning RBIs. The Newtown, Pennsylvania, native went 3-for-3 with two doubles, one triple, an RBI and two runs scored in a 7-5 come-from-behind win on Saturday. Bigler added a 2-for-3 performance with a game-winning RBI single and a run scored in Sunday’s win that completed the ACC sweep. She added five putouts and one assist from her post in left field, making three diving catches over the course of the Virginia Tech series. Bigler is the Irish leader with four triples this season. She is batting .386 with six doubles, 19 RBI and 25 runs scored.

Rhodes was a stalwart in the circle for Notre Dame, going 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA in three starts. Opponents batted just .153 against Rhodes in 18 innings, scoring two runs (one earned) while striking out 24 times. The Kirkland, Washington, native opened the week with five shutout innings in a home win against Butler, scattering two hits and establishing a career-high with 12 strikeouts of the 19 batters she faced. Rhodes kept the shutout streak going into Saturday’s first game of an ACC doubleheader at Virginia Tech, tossing a one-hit seven-inning shutout that featured five strikeouts on 93 pitches. The stellar performance extended into Sunday’s series finale with the Hokies, which saw Rhodes yield one earned run on six hits with seven strikeouts. Rhodes is the Notre Dame leader with 15 wins, two saves, six total shutouts and 128 strikeouts in 117.2 innings pitched thus far in 2016.