Jaquish Named NFCA All-American

Jaquish Named NFCA All-American

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – LSU freshman, and Highland, California, native Sahvanna Jaquish, was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American Second Team the organization announced today, becoming the 16th player in team history to be named to one of the three lists.

With her selection, Jaquish extends the program’s run of consecutive All-American selections to five-straight, as she is the seventh first, second or third team selection since 2009. Of the 23 NFCA All-American honors LSU players have received since 1998, Jaquish is the first player to earn a spot at designated player, and joins Ladonia Hughes [2004], Kristin Schmidt [2004], Trena Peel [2002] and Britni Sneed [2000] as the fifth to be named second team.

“Sahvanna had such an amazing season, and is very deserving of this honor,” head softball coach Beth Torina said. “What she was able to come in and do in her first year obviously made her a strong candidate, and I’m excited to see what the future holds for her here at LSU.”

Playing in all but two of the team’s games this year, Jaquish put together one of the best freshman seasons in program history as she completed the 2014 campaign hitting .341 for the Tigers, the highest for everyday starters, in 60 games while seeing time as catcher with a .985 fielding percentage. Her team-leading 17 home runs are now a single-season program record at LSU, while her 55 RBI are the second-most for a Tiger freshman.

Jaquish’s slugging percentage of .699 is the second-highest ever for any LSU player in a single year, much less one in their first year in Baton Rouge, as she also pounded out nine doubles and a triple to go along with her .445 on-base percentage which was second on the team. In the postseason alone, Jaquish hit .438 with four home runs and nine RBI, while slugging 1.250 and getting walked 10 times for a .667 on-base percentage.

The All-American nod is the latest in a string of accolades for Jaquish who became the second Tiger in program history to be named first team All-SEC at designated player/utility position, and was only the sixth freshman in team history to be named first team after finishing in the top ten in multiple categories, including seventh in total bases (54), seventh in slugging percentage (.771), tied for tenth in total hits (27), and tied for seventh in home runs (7). Before this, she was the fifth player in team history to be named first team NFCA All-South Region in their first season and the first to do so since Rachele Fico did in her freshman season in 2010.

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2014 NFCA Division I All-American Teams
First Team

Pos. Player School
P Lacey Waldrop, Florida State
P Cheridan Hawkins, Oregon
P Jaclyn Traina, Alabama
C Taylor Edwards, Nebraska
1B Hallie Wilson, Arizona
2B Alex Hugo, Georgia
3B Courtney Ceo, Oregon
SS Sierra Romero, Michigan
OF Haylie McCleney, Alabama
OF Branndi Melero, Auburn
OF Victoria Hayward, Washington
UT/P Ally Carda, UCLA
DP or UT/Non-Pitcher Stephany LaRosa, UCLA
At-Large/SS Maddie O’Brien, Florida State
At-Large/SS Madison Shipman, Tennessee
At-Large/P Whitney Canion, Baylor
At-Large/3B Shelby Pendley, Oklahoma
At-Large/2B Kelsey Stewart, Florida

Second Team

Pos. Player School
P Sara Moulton, Minnesota
P Dallas Escobedo, Arizona State
P Christina Hamilton, Louisiana at Lafayette
C Amber Freeman, Arizona State
1B Micaela Arizmendi, Notre Dame
2B Hannah Flippen, Utah
3B Kaitlyn Richardson, Minnesota
SS Jill Barrett, Tulsa
OF Janie Takeda, Oregon
OF Jennifer Gilbert, Ball State
OF Karley Wester, Notre Dame
UT/P Jailyn Ford, James Madison
DP or UT/Non-Pitcher Sahvanna Jaquish, LSU
At-Large/UT/P Kirsten Verdun, DePaul
At-Large/3B Kasey Cooper, Auburn
At-Large/C Annie Aldrete, Tennessee
At-Large/P Haylie Wagner, Michigan
At-Large/P Chelsea Wilkinson, Georgia

Third Team

Pos. Player School
P Hannah Campbell, South Alabama
P Aimee Creger, Tulsa
P Sara Nevins, South Florida
C Lexie Elkins, Louisiana at Lafayette
1B Hooch Fagaly, Washington
2B Emily Carosone, Auburn
3B Missy Taukeiaho, Cal St. Fullerton
SS Kellie Fox, Arizona
OF Emilee Koerner, Notre Dame
OF Taylor Gadbois, Missouri
OF Lindsey Stephens, Texas
UT/P Tatum Edwards, Nebraska
DP or UT/Non-Pitcher Kylee Lahners, Washington
At-Large/P Hannah Rogers, Florida
At-Large/1B Lauren Chamberlain, Oklahoma
At-Large/OF Shellie Robinson, South Carolina Upstate
At-Large/OF Cassie Tysarczyk, Texas A&M
At-Large/UT/P Meredith Owen, Stetson