7 softball players earn postseason awards
05.12.2014 | By Amanda L. Booren
PHOTO CUTLINE: Seven San Jacinto College softball players earned postseason recognition from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Pictured, left to right, are: Bridget Stein, Karri Smith, Loren Donaldson, Brigitte Gauvin, Courtney Sams, Sarah Ragsdale, and Carah Nunez. Submitted photo.
Ragsdale, Sams named first-team All-Region
HOUSTON – Seven San Jacinto College softball players – Karri Smith, Bridget Stein, Carah Nunez, Brigitte Gauvin, Loren Donaldson, Sarah Ragsdale, and Courtney Sams – have earned postseason National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XIV recognition.
Smith (Alvin / Alvin HS), a sophomore pitcher, was named to the All-Conference and All-Region second teams. She pitched in 34 games, starting 27, with a 17-8 record and two saves. Her 2.33 ERA and 82 strikeouts were second on the team. This is the second all-conference recognition for Smith, who was a second-team All-conference selection as a freshman.
Stein was also a second-team All-Conference and All-Region selection. The freshman pitcher from Brenham (Brenham HS) led the team in ERA and strikeouts. She pitched in 24 games, starting in 22, with a 13-8 overall record and 1.51 ERA. She had 105 strikeouts this season.
Freshman catcher / 3B Nunez (Tomball / St. Pius HS) led the team in batting average and hits with marks of .398 and 68, respectively. She had 17 doubles, one homerun, and drove in 40 runs in 171 at bats. She was named to the All-Conference and All-Region second teams.
Sophomore infielder Donaldson (Alvin / Alvin HS) was named to the All-Conference first team, and All-Region second team. She led the squad in RBIs (47), doubles (20), and homeruns (5), averaging .326 in 172 plate appearances. Her 20 doubles this season ranks 15th in the nation. As a freshman, Donaldson was a first-team All-Conference and All-Region selection.
Ragsdale and Sams both earned a spot on the All-Conference and All-Region first teams. As the leadoff hitter, Ragsdale (Orange / West Orange – Stark HS) hit .374, with an on-base percentage of .442. In 179 at-bats, she had 67 hits, including 13 doubles and 31 RBI. The outfielder was a first-team All-Conference and All-Region selection last year. Sams (Pearland / Pearland HS), also an outfielder, led San Jac this year in stolen bases with 19. In 165 plate appearances she hit .394 with 65 hits, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 18 RBI, and 29 walks. This is her second appearance on the All-Conference first team.
After a second place finish in last week’s Region XIV tournament, San Jac is once again headed to the NJCAA national tournament, May 14-17 in St. George, Utah. This is the second-ever trip to the NJCAA national softball tournament for San Jacinto College. The last was in 2008, when the team finished fourth overall.
San Jacinto College is coached by Hall of Famer Kelly Saenz, who is in her 11th season at the helm of the program. Earlier this year, in a 5-3 win over Alvin Community College on March 30, Saenz recorded her 400th career win. She now owns an overall career record of 410-266, which includes a stint at Frank Phillips College.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.