April 20, 2010
by Jon Cooper
Jen Yee continues to rack up the honors and defy superlatives.
Georgia Tech’s redshirt senior second baseman was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week for the second time this year and was named ACC Player of the Week for the fifth time.
“You’d think they’d want to maybe spread these things out some,” Yee said with a laugh. “I don’t really know how these things work. As long as they keep pitching to me, I hope to keep hitting the ball hard.”
Last week, Yee was pitched to by Virginia, Kennesaw State and Boston College and hit the ball hard plenty. She batted .733 (11-for-15), with a slugging average of 1.467, and an on-base percentage of .818 to key the Yellow Jackets’ 6-0 week. Yee also scored 14 runs, drove in five more, blasted three homers, and stole three bases.
“I’ve never had a player like her that it doesn’t matter the situation, she finds a way to get it done,” said head coach Sharon Perkins. “It’s just been fun to watch. It’s amazing, the caliber of teams that we’ve been playing this year and her being really successful off those teams.”
On Saturday afternoon against the Eagles, Yee broke the school’s all-time walks record (119), which had been set by Tara Knudsen, from 2001-04, then passed current Tech assistant coach Aileen Morales’ single-season record for runs (73, set in 2007) — requiring 24 fewer games to do so. Coincidentally, that season, Yee’s first on The Flats, she finished one run behind Morales.
On Sunday, she hit her 24th homer of the season, moving into a tie with former teammate Whitney Haller, who set the school- and ACC- single-season home run mark in 2006.
“I never thought I could hit this many home runs, (not) in one season anyway,” said Yee, who began her senior season with 25 career homers. “It’s just been a really amazing season for me.”