Feb. 4, 2008
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech senior catcher/third baseman Savannah Brown earned her second honor in a week as she was named a preseason second-team All-American by ESPN.COM this afternoon. Brown, who was also picked to the USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List last week, is one of just 24 players picked by ESPN.COM.
“Savannah has great work ethic and is a natural team leader,” Head Coach Sharon Perkins said. “She’s the type of player that makes it fun to come to practice every day. We are looking forward to her having another successful season.”
Brown stands fifth all-time in ACC history in home runs (37) and sixth in RBI (157). She holds the school record in putouts (948) and chances (1061) while ranking third all-time in Tech history in fielding percentage (.986). In 2007, Brown started 69 games and set a new single-season ACC record with 76 runs batted in. Her RBI tally was also good for second in the nation.
Brown was a 2007 First-Team All-ACC and NFCA All-Southeast Region pick while ranking sixth in the NCAA with a career-high 20 home runs. That was also the third-best in ACC history. She set a new Tech single-game record with three home runs against Florida State (4/7) and Virginia (4/27). Brown finished second in the ACC in home runs, fourth in slugging percentage (.680) and total bases (138), and ninth in on-base percentage (.427). She led the ACC in league games only in home runs (12), RBI (31), total bases (60) and slugging percentage (1.017).
She joins Virginia Tech pitcher Angela Tincher as the only two representatives from the ACC. Tincher was a first-team pick.
Brown and the No. 17/18 Jackets open up the 2008 season this weekend at the Georgia State First Pitch Classic. They will play Lipscomb on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and then Georgia State at 4:45 p.m. Tech will also face Tennessee-Martin Sunday at 10:00 a.m. before a championship round game later that afternoon. Live stats for all games can be found via the Gametracker link at www.ramblinwreck.com.