Friday, May 14, 2010

Jones and Mineau piling up the softball awards

Schaghticoke native Jen Mineau, The Record's Softball Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008, was named Fordham University's Female Athlete of the Year.

Troy native Shannon Jones, The Record's Softball Player of the Year in 2009, was named to the All-MAAC second team after a solid freshman season at Siena College.
To read the press releases sent to us from their respective schools, scroll down.

Schaghticoke’s Jen Mineau Named
2010 Hobbs Award Winner at Fordham Athletics 76th Block F Dinner

NEW YORK -- As the 2009-10 season begins to wind down, the Fordham University Athletic Department held its 76th annual Block F Awards Dinner at the Villa Barone Manor on May 6th to honor Fordham University’s student-athletes for their accomplishments during the academic year.

Among those honored were Caitlin Napoli (Hauppauge, N.Y./St. Anthony's) and Jen Mineau (Schaghticoke, N.Y./Hoosic Valley Central) who were co-winners of the Claire and Jack Hobbs Award as Fordham’s top female student-athlete.

The Claire & Jack Hobbs Memorial Award is presented to the Female Athlete of the Year who has achieved outstanding athletic accomplishments. The award is named in honor of the late Claire and Jack Hobbs. Jack was a 1938 graduate of Fordham College and a 1941 graduate of Fordham Law, and he and his wife were avid Fordham followers.

Mineau, a sophomore record-setting pitcher with the softball team, is enjoying the finest year ever for a Fordham softball pitcher. Through 51 games this season, Mineau (29-5), has broken the records for strikeouts in a single game three times, (18, 19 and then 22) and the single season strikeout (420) and shutouts (14) records and is on pace to set Fordham’s single season ERA record with her current ERA of 0.65. She’s been named Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week five times (Feb. 22, March 1, April 26th and May 3rd) and was named Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Division I Player of the Week on May 4th after tallying her second-straight 3-0, three shutout week.

In 226.2 innings pitched Mineau’s allowed just 103 hits and 27 runs, 21 earned, in 41 appearances. She has had the four best strikeout performances in Fordham history, including a 22-strike out performance in a 5-3, nine-inning win at La Salle on April 18th.

Through games of May 2nd, Mineau leads the NCAA Division in strike outs (13.0/seven innings) and is ranked second in the country in ERA and walks allowed (0.71/seven innings) and is tied for eighth in wins.

On April 7th, Mineau was announced as one of collegiate softball’s elite as she was named a USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 25 Finalist by officials from the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America. She is the only sophomore and the lone representative of the Atlantic 10 on a list selected out of 20 schools and seven Division I conferences and is the only player selected from the Northeast Region.

In the first weekend of play, Mineau set two Fordham records as she pitched a seven-inning perfect game in the 10-0 season-opening win against Morehead State on February 20th. The seven-inning perfect game was the first ever in Fordham’s 25 year history and was the second perfect game and third no-hitter of Mineau’s career.

Mineau also has two wins over ranked teams to her credit, beating No. 8 Georgia Tech and shutting out No. 22 Texas A&M.

Shannon Jones Named to MAAC Softball Second Team
Rookie is the Only Saint Honored at Year-End Banquet

LOUDONVILLE -- Freshman Shannon Jones was named to the MAAC Softball Second Team Thursday evening at the pre-Tournament awards banquet held in Buffalo, N.Y. Jones batted .344 in 50 games this season, and her 55 hits were the third most in a season in program history.

Jones batted third in the Saints' lineup and played shortstop, starting 50 of the team's 51 games. She finished the year 55-for-160 (.344) with six home runs, 12 doubles, 33 RBI and 12 runs scored. She earned one MAAC Rookie of the Week honor (3/22).

The Saints finished the year with a 14-37 record and a 7-9 league mark. Head Coach Deanna Parks announced during the season that she will not return next year. The school is in the process of hiring her successor.

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Anonymous Mark Cooper said...

Mineau was also named as a USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year finalist. She's on a pretty amazing list. Past winners include Cat Osterman and Angela Tincher.

May 15, 2010 at 12:31 PM 

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