Wildcats outlast a 42-minute rain delay to complete a soggy run-rule victory
2013: Started the season opener at designated player before missing a month while recovering from an injury ... After five more starts at DP during the South Florida Under Armour Showcase March 8-10, was shut down for the remainder of the season to continue rehab following offseason surgery ... Was granted a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA and will compete as a fifth-year senior in 2014 ... Academic All-Big Ten ... NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete ... Senior CLASS Award Candidate ... Entered the season with an active 15-game hitting streak and singled in her second at-bat against No. 13 Arizona in the season opener (2/8) to extend that to 16 games ... Returned to the field at the South Florida Under Armour Invitational (3/8-3/10) ... Her hitting streak reached 18 games before it was snapped March 9 vs. South Carolina, making it the third-longest of her career ... Went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run in her first game back against Saint Joseph's (3/8) ... Doubled and scored again later that day versus Boston.
2012: Started every game at shortstop ... Began the year with a nine-game hitting streak and a 12-game streak dating to the 2011 season ... Had a 17-game hitting streak from March 3 to April 4 ... Finished the year with a 15-game hitting streak, her third double-digit streak of the year ... Had hits in 53 of NU's 58 games, including 19 games of 2-or-more hits and 10 with three-or-more hits ... Led the Big Ten in total hits (85) and stolen bases (37) ... Concluded her junior season just two steals shy of NU's all-time record of 118 ... USA Softball Player of the Year watch list member ... All-Big Ten second team ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Smashed a two-run double at No. 1 Arizona State (2/10) ... Finished 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a run and two steals against New Mexico (2/11) ... Went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run in an extra-inning win over No. 17 Texas A&M (2/12) ... Hit .615 (8-for-13) at the rain-shortened three-game Mardi Gras Invitational ... Drove in two and doubled during a 3-for-4 performance at No. 20 Louisiana-Lafayette (2/17) ... Scored three times and stole three bases during a 4-for-5 effort with an RBI against Louisiana Tech (2/17) ... Went 3-for-4 with two runs against No. 21 Oklahoma State (2/24) ... Also was 3-for-4 with two runs and two steals in a win over Colorado State (2/25) ... Was a perfect 3-for-3 with a sacrifice, two runs, an RBI and a steal in a win versus No. 11 Missouri (2/26) ... On the first day of the USF Invite (3/16), went a combined 4-for-7 against Fairfield and No. 24 South Florida, scoring three runs ... Finished Northwestern's three-game series at Wisconsin 9-for-14 at the plate with four runs, two steals and two RBIs ... Went 2-for-4 with a run in the first game (3/31) before a 3-for-5 performance including a run and an RBI in game two ... In the finale (4/1), put together her second four-hit game of the season, scoring twice and a driving in a run ... Swiped the 100th bag of her career in a win over Iowa (4/8) ... Finished NU's series against Minnesota (4/14-4/15) 5-for-10 at the plate with four steals, three runs and an RBI ... Collected five hits, including a double, and scored four runs in NU's three-run B1G series at Indiana (4/21-4/22) ... Went 4-for-10 with three steals and two runs in a B1G series win over Ohio State (4/28-4/29) ... Scored three runs and stole three bases in a three-game B1G series at Michigan State (5/5-5/6) ... Batted .500 with three RBIs, two runs and two steals in a sweep of Illinois (5/11-5/12) ... Finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two steals in the second game of that series ... Batted .500 (7-for-14) in four games at the NCAA Austin Regional including .600 (6-for-10) in three games versus No. 6 overall seed and host Texas ... Opened 2-for-3 with a walk, a run and a steal in a 2-0 win over the Longhorns (5/18) ... Then went 1-for-4 but scored three times in a winner's bracket victory over Houston (5/19) ... Finished 4-for-7 in two losses to Texas in the Regional championship round (5/20).
2011: Started every game at shortstop ... Top-25 Finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year Award ... All-Big Ten first team ... Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Great Lakes Region second team ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Had 23 multi-hit games, including 12 with three or more hits and four with four or more hits ... Had a 22-game hitting streak from Feb. 26 to April 16 ... Went hitless in just five of NU's 43 games ... Scored runs in 11-straight games from Feb. 27 to March 26 ... Broke the school single-season batting average with a .491 mark ... Finished with 45 steals, one shy of the school single-season record of 46 set in 1995 ... Won the NFCA Golden Shoes Award as the nation's top base stealer in NCAA Division I ... Batted .500 at the season-opening Kajikawa Classic, recording multiple hits in each of the last four games ... Went 2-for-3 with a double and two steals against Bradley (2/11) ... Finished 3-for-4 with two steals versus Western Michigan (2/12) ... Was 2-for-4 with a steal against No. 23 Oklahoma State (2/12) ... Also was 2-for-4 versus North Texas (2/13) ... Broke the school single-game hits record with a 5-for-5 performance against UC Davis, stealing two bases and scoring twice (2/18) ... Batted .588 (10-for-17) at the Cathedral City Classic, earning Big Ten Player of the Week honors ... Matched her own school single-season record with four steals during a 3-for-3 performance against Nevada (2/25) ... Also went 3-for-3 with a double against No. 24 Texas A&M (2/26) ... Was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a steal versus No. 2 UCLA (2/27) ... Batted .571 (12-for-21) at the DeMarini Invitational ... Started 4-for-5 with a double, a run and an RBI against No. 11 California (3/4) ... Was 2-for-4 with a run against Oregon State (3/5) ... Finished a perfect 4-for-4 with three steals and three runs in a win over IPFW (3/6) ... Went 2-for-4 with two steals and two runs at No. 13 Stanford (3/21) ... Was 5-for-8 with three RBIs, four steals and four runs in a doubleheader sweep of Loyola (Chicago) (4/2) ... After a 2-for-4 day with a run against DePaul (4/5), went 3-for-4 with three runs, two RBIs and two steals versus Northern Illinois (4/6) ... Singled, drove in a run, scored, had a sacrifice and stole a base against Michigan State (4/13) ... In the game in which her 22-game hitting streak ended at Iowa, still reached base twice, stealing two bags and scoring two runs (4/16) ... Finished 3-for-7 with four runs, three RBIs and two steals in a sweep of Ohio State (4/23-4/24) ... Finished a series at Illinois (4/30-5/1) 3-for-7 with a run, her first-career triple and two steals ... Was 6-for-9 with a run, a double and three steals in a doubleheader against Minnesota (5/4) with three hits in each end of the double-dip ... Was 4-for-7 with two runs and four steals in NU's final series of the season at Penn State (5/13-5/14).
2010: Started 45 games at shortstop and three in left field ... NFCA All-Region and All-Big Ten second team choice ... Batted .439 in 18 Big Ten games ... Went 3-for-4 with a run scored against Cal State Fullerton (2/12) ... Finished 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI at UNLV (2/20) ... Swiped four bases in that game, the most for a Wildcat in a single game dating back to at least 1998 ... Recorded her third three-hit game of the year with a 3-for-4 effort against No. 5 UCLA (2/27) ... Was 2-for-5 with a double against UC Davis (2/28) ... Finished 1-for-2 with an RBI, two walks, two steals and two runs scored versus Oregon State (3/5) ... Went a perfect 3-for-3 against UC Davis (3/6) ... Drove in a pair of runs against Northern Colorado (3/21) ... Finished 2-for-4 with a steal versus No. 3 Missouri (3/21) ... Went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs, two steals and two runs scored at SIU-Edwardsville (3/23) ... Had a huge game at Northern Illinois (3/25), tying the Northwestern single-game record with four runs scored after a 3-for-4 performance at the plate ... Also stole two bases and drove in two runs against the Huskies ... Was 2-for-3 with a steal in the first game of a series against Purdue (3/27) ... Finished 2-for-3 with three runs, three steals and an RBI in game two with the Boilermakers (3/28) ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week (3/29) ... Again was 2-for-3 in a game at Iowa (4/7) ... Finished a doubleheader against Minnesota a combined 3-for-6 with four steals and four runs scored (4/14) ... Went 3-for-5 with a steal in a two-game series at No. 2 Michigan (4/17-4/18) ... Was 2-for-3 with a steal, an RBI and two runs scored in the first game of a doubleheader at Michigan State (4/21) ... Collected a pair of hits, a steal and a run versus Loyola (Chicago) (4/22) ... Was 2-for-4 with two steals and a run at Indiana (4/24) ... Finished 3-for-3 with three steals, a double and two runs scored against Penn State (5/2) ... Went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a run and a steal versus Wisconsin (5/9) ... Singled and drove in a pair at No. 19 Ohio State (5/14).
High School: Under Armour All-American ... First-team all-state ... Three-time first-team All-Bay Valley Athletic League ... Bay Valley League MVP in 2008 ... Batted .513 with a .679 slugging percentage and was a perfect 25-for-25 in steal attempts as a junior ... Also pitched for her high school team, racking up 444 career strikeouts in three years ... As a junior had a 16-5 record with a 0.69 ERA, 144 strikeouts and a .155 opponent's batting average ... Playing four years of club with the Sorcerer 18 Gold coached by Phil Mumma ... Team placed first at the Independence Day Tournament in Colorado and 13th at 18 Gold Nationals ... Once stole a base against current Northwestern sophomore Adrienne Monka ... Also a standout in basketball as a guard/forward, was named Bay Valley League MVP in 2008 and is a two-time first-team All-Bay Valley selection ... Averaged 12.8 ppg and grabbed 8.3 rpg as a junior ... Made honor roll all four years of high school ... North Coast Section Scholar Athlete ... "Model Student" speaker to local middle school and freshman students.
Personal: Born Emily Rose Allard ... Daughter of Bill and Janet Allard ... Chose Northwestern over Notre Dame, Illinois State and Wisconsin ... Graduated in June of 2013 with a bachelor's degree in communication studies ... Currently pursuing a master's degree in integrated marketing communications from NU's Medill School of Journalism.
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If you could be any other NU Athlete for a day, who would you be?...Coach Fitz! Favorite Athlete... Juice Thompson Favorite Food... Crab Rangoon, which is ironic because I don't care for seafood. Favorite Song... World's Greatest - R. Kelly Nicknames... Allard, EA, Cheetah, Tally Hobbies... joking, dancing, laughing, social media-ing Favorite Reality Show... Say Yes to the Dress Favorite actor/actress... Denzel Washington/Julia Roberts If you were a super hero, what would your super power and name be?...The ability to shrink. Name...open to suggestions. Favorite Movie... Aladdin If you could spend a day with any three people, alive or dead, who would they be?... Trey Songz, Kevin Hart, and my old pitching coach Delmar so he could see how far I have come. Favorite pro sports team... Believe it or not I do not really have a favorite team. I just like to enjoy a good game. Favorite TV shows... Modern Family, House, Bones, 24, Say Yes To The Dress, X-Factor (special thanks to Kristin Scharkey) When I was little, I wanted to be a... boy. hahaha No one can believe that I... can eat as much as I do. I hate to admit it but I love... day-time court TV shows... People's Court, Divorce Court, Judge Mathis, etc. Keep me entertained for hours! Secret talent... I'm REALLY good at quoting movies and stand-up routines. Pre game ritual... is to remind myself that speed never takes a day off. If I could play any other sport at NU, it would be... most probable? Basketball. What I'd love to play? Football. An artist that no one would believe I have on my ipod... Bonnie Raitt Favorite midnight snack... well, I don't usually stay up past 10, but on the off chance that I do, ice cream cookie sandwiches or late-night 7/11 slurpee runs with my roomie. If I could eat one meal for the rest of my life it would be... noodles and pesto sauce. Favorite class at NU... my internship with the Athletics Department. After I graduate I want to be... working with athletes on the business side of sports. Favorite Holiday Tradition... driving around on Christmas Eve to look at Christmas lights and baking Christmas cookies with my family and our family friends. Something that is on your bucket list... swim with dolphins! A place I would love to visit... Hawaii Facebook or Twitter?... Twittahhh. Follow me @EAllard24 ! If I could be any character from a TV show or Movie I would be... Donkey, from Shrek. Best thing about NU... The people. Everyone on this campus has influenced me in some way or another. Favorite NUSB memory... It's a tie between: Michelle Batts' grand slam against Penn State and my dad getting to see me play for the first time. If you were on the amazing race, what teammate would go with you?... Scharkey, she'd totally get there first and would refuse to let anyone beat her/us. Funniest person on the team? Me, hands down. Best dancer on the team? Me, hands down, again. But Marisa, Sammy, and Schark cooould give me a run for my money. Biggest prankster on the team? Shieks, yet she can't keep a straight face for too long! If you were on minute to win it, who would be your partner?... Mari Majam, calm, cool, collected. We would totally win. If you got into the Cash Cab, which teammates would you want to be with you?... Shieks, for sure. And Zo!