TUESDAY, MAY 07, 2013
Simon Caps off Historic Career with Player of the Year Honors

MACON, Ga. -- Senior catcher Sarah Simon finished off her record-setting JU career by being named the school’s first ever Player of the Year. In total, the Dolphins had five players receive postseason recognition.

Simon was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Conference first team as a catcher and was named the A-Sun Co-Player of the Year along with FGCU’s Chelsea Zgrabik. Simon led the Dolphins in every major offensive statistic this season, hitting .399 with 57 hits, 16 home runs, and 43 RBI. Her .790 slugging percentage, 39 walks, and 16 home runs were tops in the conference, while she ranked second in batting average. She joins former Dolphin pitcher Sarah Sigrest as the only two players in program history to receive the Player or Pitcher of the Year honors.

Joining Simon on the All-Conference first team is junior shortstop Karson Tuck. She ranked second on the team and ninth in the conference with a .348 batting average. Tuck’s 56 hits on the season were just one behind Simon for the team-high and were tied for fifth most in the A-Sun. In 156 at-bats, she struck out just six times, which ranked in the top 20 nationally.

The Dolphins tied for the league high with three members being selected to the conference’s All-Freshman team. Victoria Brown, Cecile Gomez, and Emily Sanchez became just the 10th, 11th, and 12th players, respectively, selected to the team in program history.

Brown proved to be a versatile asset for JU, hitting in the leadoff position for all 52 of the Dolphins’ games while logging the most innings of the JU pitchers. Brown posted a .311 average with a team-high 12 doubles and 10 home runs. As a pitcher, she had a 2.84 ERA and a team-high nine wins and eight complete games.

Gomez had a great year in the circle for the Dolphins. She led JU with a 2.02 ERA while posting a 8-2 record. She walked just 25 batters compared to 85 strikeouts on the season, while her four saves are tied for 19th in the NCAA.

Sanchez was a consistent bat in the Dolphins lineup. She batted .308 on the season with 32 hits and 11 RBI with a majority of her at-bats coming in the third slot of the lineup.