TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2005
Softball's Shannon Jensen Named Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year

May 10, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU softball pitcher Shannon Jensen (Callahan, Fla.) was named Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year, while senior first baseman/catcher Lauren Redfern (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) was voted First-Team Atlantic Sun All-Conference, the league office announced today. JU is preparing for its first trip to the Atlantic Sun Championship, where the Dolphins will face top-seeded Troy on Thursday at 11 a.m. at FAU Field in Boca Raton.

"I'm proud of all our kids for the success we've had in just the third year as a program," said JU head coach Jeff Franquet. "We've had a great year, and both Lauren and Shannon have been instrumental in everything we've accomplished."

Jensen has a 12-10 record for the Dolphins, including a 6-3 mark in A-Sun play. She is tied for first with A-Sun Pitcher of the Year, Jocelyn McCallum of Troy, with five shutouts in conference games. Jensen also ranks sixth in the conference in opponent batting average (.203) and eighth with a 1.80 earned run average. At the plate, Jensen is tied for first with six doubles in A-Sun play. Jensen becomes just the second JU player to earn All-Freshman Team honors, joining Jill Bandhauer (Crystal River, Fla.), who made the squad in 2003.

"Shannon has had a remarkable year," Franquet said. "Her attitude, work ethic and desire have been outstanding all year.

Redfern ranks in the top five in the conference in seven offensive categories, including hits (72), batting average (.393), walks (30), on-base percentage (.479) and slugging percentage (.683), and currently leads all NCAA Division I players with 25 doubles. Redfern has set JU single-season records in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, doubles, home runs (8), total bases (125) and walks, while also setting new marks in five career categories at JU, including on-base percentage (.421), doubles (29), home runs (10), RBI (70) and hit by pitches (8). She becomes the second Dolphin (Dianna Korcak (Clearwater, Fla.) to earn first-team all-conference honors.

"Lauren has had an All-American season," Franquet said. "She's been a leader on and off the field and is very deserving of this honor."

UCF's Stephanie Best was named the A-Sun Player of the Year for the third consecutive season, while Troy's Melanie Davis was voted Coach of the Year and the Trojans' Jocelyn McCallum was tabbed Pitcher of the Year. Stetson and Troy both landed three first-team selections, while UCF was the only other squad to get multiple players on the first team.