March 7, 2011
ATLANTA – Former Georgia Tech softball All-American Jen Yee was named the Collegiate Athlete of the Year presented by AT&T at tonight’s Atlanta Sports Awards held in the Egyptian Ballroom at the Fox Theater.
“I am so honored to receive this award,” said Yee. “I want to thank the Atlanta Sports Council and everyone at Georgia Tech, especially head coach Sharon Perkins and the entire coaching staff. I had an amazing three years at Georgia Tech and it has helped make me who I am today.”
Yee was a first-team All-American in 2010 and shattered the Tech record book after spending her freshman year at Niagara. Yee’s 2010 awards also include ACC Player of the Year, 1st-Team NFCA All-Southeast Region and 1st-Team All-ACC. She was one of the final three for the USA Softball Player of the Year Award and is a finalist for the prestigious Honda Award, which will be announced later this week.
Yee reached base safely at least once in all 62 games last season and leads the nation in batting average (.568), slugging percentage (1.270), on-base percentage (.732), runs scored (93) and walks (88). She is also tied for first nationally with 29 home runs. Yee struck out just six times all season and was 21-for-22 in stolen base attempts, good for fourth in the ACC. Her 84 hits and 63 RBI led the league while her 15 doubles ranked third. She was a two-time Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week and five-time ACC Player of the Week.
The North Delta, British Columbia native had 24 multi-hit and 17 multi-RBI games in the regular season and began the year hitting safely in 19 straight games. Yee was intentionally walked 31 times this year which is an NCAA single-season record.
Yee broke several school records this season. She surpassed Tara Knudsen’s career walks (119) record as well as Amy Hosier’s single-season walks mark (52). In addition, Yee took down current assistant coach Aileen Morales’ single-season runs record (73). Yee did it, however, in 24 less games than Morales. Yee also topped Morales’ career runs scored record (216), Knudsen’s career doubles record (45) and Whitney Haller’s single-season home runs (24) and total bases mark (171). Her batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage would all be NCAA records as well.