Jan. 28, 2009
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech redshirt junior second baseman Jen Yee is one of 50 players named to USA Softball’s Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) announced on Wednesday. This award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by softball players across the country.
Yee is returning to the Yellow Jackets after redshirting last season while she was on the Canadian Olympic team. Yee led the Canadians to the medal round and their highest finish ever. Her .348 batting average in Beijing led Canada and was tied for fifth among all players. She had the highest average of any player not on Team USA.
The 2009 Pre-Season Watch List is comprised of 50 players representing 32 schools and 13 different NCAA Division I Conferences.
The ASA will announce the 25 finalists on April 1. A player does not have to appear on the initial watch list to be considered as a top 25 finalist. However, once the top 25 finalists are named the winner of the award will come from that list.
Just days before the start of post-season play, a list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 6. The final three finalists will be announced May 20 while the winner of the 2009 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of the 2009 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.
As a sophomore in 2007, Yee batted .343 with 81 hits and 53 RBI. She had 13 doubles, two triples, nine home runs, a .530 slugging percentage and a .405 on-base percentage. She finished first in the Georgia Tech single-season record book in at-bats, while finishing second in runs scored. Yee started all 70 games the Yellow Jackets played and accounted for 25 multiple-hit games and 13-multiple RBI games. She also set a new school record with an 18-game hitting streak.
Yee finished second in the ACC in hits and third in runs scored. She tallied 124 put-outs and 67 assists with only 10 errors on the year, finishing with a .950 fielding percentage. She was also a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts.