THURSDAY, JUNE 02, 2005
Lauren Redfern Earns Second-Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Honors
June 2, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior first baseman/catcher Lauren Redfern (Jacksonville/Sandalwood) earned Second-Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors for the University division, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Redfern is the second Dolphin to earn the national honor in the program's three-year history, following Dianna Korcak (Clearwater, Fla.), who was named to the second team last year. Redfern is also the third JU female to receive the honor, after Korcak and soccer's Inge Heiremans (Tremelo, Belgium) both made it in the 2003-04 academic year.
Redfern, a First-Team Atlantic Sun All-Conference honoree, closed out her career with six program records, including home runs (10), doubles (29), runs batted in (71), on-base percentage (.417), hit by pitches (9) and defensive chances (793) in her second year at JU. Redfern, who currently ranks second in NCAA Division I with 25 doubles, set 11 new JU single-season marks in 2005. She ranked third in the Atlantic Sun Conference in on-base percentage (.470), fourth in hits (73) and total bases (126), fifth in runs (42) and walks (31), sixth in batting average (.380) and slugging percentage (.656), seventh in RBI (40) and tied for eighth in home runs (8).
The Sandalwood product, who played in all 131 games as a Dolphin, holds 12 single-season offensive records, including total bases (126), sacrifice flies (3) and doubles (25). She also had an 11-game hitting streak this season, the fourth longest in program history.
"It's a great way to cap a great season for our team leader," said JU head coach Jeff Franquet. "For us to have a person make it for the second straight season is awesome. It just shows our program going in the right direction."
Redfern was one of two A-Sun players to make the second team and one of four on the three teams announced today. Troy's Kelly Flinn also received second-team honors, while Stetson's Brittani Houghton and Gardner-Webb's Rachael Riopel were selected for the third team.
JU closed out the 2005 season with their first trip to the A-Sun Championship. The Dolphins, who set a new program record with 35 wins, eliminated Stetson before falling to eventual champion UCF.