Jaquish named to NFCA All-American team

Clyde Verdin
LSU's Sahvanna Jaquish. Photo by LSUsports.net.

LSU freshman, and Highland, Calif., native Sahvanna Jaquish, was recently named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American second team.

With her selection, Jaquish extends the program’s run of consecutive All-American selections to five straight, as she is the seventh first, second or third-team selection since 2009. Of the 23 NFCA All-American honors LSU players have received since 1998, Jaquish is the first player to earn a spot at designated player and joins Ladonia Hughes [2004], Kristin Schmidt [2004], Trena Peel [2002] and Britni Sneed [2000] as the fifth to be named second-team.

“Sahvanna had such an amazing season and is very deserving of this honor,” head softball coach Beth Torina said. “What she was able to come in and do in her first year obviously made her a strong candidate, and I’m excited to see what the future holds for her here at LSU.”

Playing in all but two of the team’s games this year, Jaquish put together one of the best freshman seasons in program history as she completed the 2014 campaign hitting .341 for the Tigers, the highest for everyday starters, in 60 games while seeing time as catcher with a .985 fielding percentage. Her team-leading 17 home runs are now a single-season program record at LSU, while her 55 RBIs are the second-most for a Tiger freshman.

Jaquish’s slugging percentage of .699 is the second-highest ever for any LSU player in a single year, much less one in their first year in Baton Rouge, as she also pounded out nine doubles and a triple to go along with her .445 on-base percentage which was second on the team. In the postseason alone, Jaquish hit .438 with four home runs and nine RBIs, while slugging 1.250 and getting walked 10 times for a .667 on-base percentage.

The All-American nod is the latest in a string of accolades for Jaquish--who became the second Tiger in program history to be named first-team All-SEC at designated player/utility position and was only the sixth freshman in team history to be named first team after finishing in the top-10 in multiple categories--including seventh in total bases (54), seventh in slugging percentage (.771), tied for 10th in total hits (27) and tied for seventh in home runs (7). Before this, she was the fifth player in team history to be named first-team NFCA All-South Region in their first season and the first to do so since Rachele Fico did in her 2010 freshman season.