Mary Kate Connolly
Fastpitch Instructor & Fastpitch Travel Team Coach
CAREER HONORS & AWARDS
2015 Capital One Academic All-American Third Team
2015 Great Lakes Region First Team
2015 All-BIG EAST Second Team
2015 Academic All-District First Team
2014 BIG EAST Player of the Year
2014 All-BIG EAST First Team
2014 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team
2014 Great Lakes Region First Team
2013 Great Lakes Region First Team
2013 All-BIG EAST Conference First Team
2012 All-BIG EAST Conference Third Team
2011-12 BIG EAST All-Academic Team
2015 (Senior Season): Finished her career second in program history with 44 homers, third in slugging percentage (.633), fourth in career RBI (164) and fifth in total bases (385) and walks drawn (97)... Connolly also set the single-season record with an .870 slugging percentage, tied for first with 16 homers and second with an on-base percentage of .548... slugging percentage ranked 18th in the NCAA... reached base safely in 22 of final 23 games... led the conference in slugging percentage and walks drawn (36) on the season... paced the league with 15 wins in the circle and tied for third with 16 complete games... led the team with 15 games of notching multiple RBI... tallied 11 games with at least two hits... lead DePaul in every major offensive category... named BIG EAST Player of the Week (4/27)... picked up BIG EAST Honor Roll award four times (5/4, 4/13, 3/16, 2/16)... pitched two-hit shutout at Georgetown (4/11)... went 3-for-3 with four RBI and win in the circle in a duel with Illinois State (4/7)... tied career-high with five RBI in win over Providence (3/28)... named to Paradise Classic All-Tournament Team (2/7)... picked up four hits, three RBI versus Saint Mary's (2/6)... made 45 starts on the season, including 28 as a pitcher.
2014 (Junior Season): Two-time BIG EAST Player of the Week (3/3, 4/14) and one-time BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week (2/17)... led the BIG EAST Conference in virtually every offensive category, becoming program's first-ever BIG EAST Player of the Year... batting average of .420 was 38th in the nation... bumped average up to .481 and got on base at a .580 clip during conference play... career-best 4-for-4 day w/ career-tying three runs in 15-0 W vs. `Nova (4/27)... pitched a two-hit shutout with a career-high 11 strikeouts vs. `Nova (4/26)... solo homer in 7-3 win at Creighton (4/18)... two-run homer in 9-1 win vs. Loyola (4/10)... walk-off sac fly vs. Seton Hall to help DePaul to series sweep (4/6)... recorded first career shutout in CG one-hitter vs. Fordham (2/15)... two hits, three RBI in addition to win in circle in 8-0 win over Fordham (2/15)... recorded second career multi-HR game w/ two bombs vs. UConn (2/21)... hit .875 (7-8) with a HR and seven RBI at UNLV tournament... launched first HR of season in 3-2 comeback win over Kansas (2/16).
2013 (Sophomore Season): Went 2-for-3 in a 1-0 victory over Georgetown in the BIG EAST Championship opener... named BIG EAST Player of the Week on April 8 after hitting .643 with two homers and 12 RBIs... had a home run, triple and five RBIs vs. Syracuse... hit a grand slam against New Mexico State and cracked two homers with four RBIs at Providence... led the team in home runs and RBIs... recorded first collegiate win against Connecticut.
2012 (Freshman Season): Smashed pinch-hit, game-winning, three-run homer in first collegiate at-bat vs. UMKC... two home runs and five RBIs in two games against Georgetown... had a home run and two RBIs against UMKC and UNLV... finished with two hits, three runs at No. 1 Alabama... selected to the BIG EAST Conference Honor Roll.
High School: Compiled an 85-26 record in her four-year career with a 0.93 ERA and 986 strikeouts... finished with a .367 career batting average and 22 home runs... went 23-7 as a freshman, 22-4 as a sophomore, 24-8 as a junior and 16-7 as a senior with a 0.93 ERA and 194 strikeouts while batting .386... led West Chicago to the sectional finals twice and to three regional titles... Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times All-State Special Mention... four-time unanimous all-conference and Daily Herald All-Area selection... Suburban Life Player of the Year... DuPage Valley Conference MVP... academic all-conference four years... High School Scholar-Athlete Award four years... adidas Top 100... nominated for Gatorade Player of the Year... led Stone City Sharks summer team to NAFA 16U national title in 2008 and to ASA 18U national title in 2010.