TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2005
Shannon Jensen Named Atlantic Sun Softball Freshman Of The Year
May 9, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Pitcher Shannon Jensen (Callahan, Fla.) was named Atlantic Sun Softball Freshman of the Year while senior first baseman/catcher Lauren Redfern (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) became the second Dolphin to earn First-Team A-Sun All-Conference honors, the conference office announced today. JU is preparing for their first-ever Atlantic Sun Championship, which starts Thursday, May 12 at FAU Field in Boca Raton, Fla.
"I'm proud of both Lauren (Redfern) and Shannon (Jensen) and 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 stands sixth in the conference in opponent batting average (.203) and ranks 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 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. "With her earning this award mainly in the pitcher's circle, the team deserves just as much credit for playing great behind her all season."
Redfern ranks in the top five in the conference in seven 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 new 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.), 2004) 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.
The sixth-seeded Dolphins open play in the 2005 A-Sun Championship at FAU Field in Boca Raton, Fla., on Thursday, May 12 at 11 a.m. against top-seeded Troy.
2005 Atlantic Sun All-Conference Honors
Player of the Year: Stephanie Best, UCF