Cheyenne Jenks Selected as Finalist for 2009 USA Softball Player of the Year
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Cheyenne Jenks is the 2nd Eagle to be named a finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year.
Cheyenne Jenks is the 2nd Eagle to be named a finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today the 25 finalists for the 2009 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award. Senior Cheyenne Jenks became the second Eagle (Carmen Paez, 2008) to be named a finalist for the national honor.

“We cannot be any prouder of Cheyenne for her accomplishments,” said head coach Dave Deiros. “She’s an integral part of our success. It’s is a great honor for us to have Cheyenne named to the short list of ‘Who’s Who’ in college softball.”

The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, which is considered one of the most prestigious honors in women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Past winners of this award include UCLA’s Stacey Nuveman, Florida State’s Jessica Van der Linden, three-time winner Texas pitcher Cat Osterman, Tennessee’s Monica Abbott and Virginia Tech’s Angela Tincher.

Cheyenne Jenks, the only unanimous 2008 first-team All Atlantic Sun Conference selection and the 2009 Atlantic Sun Preseason Player of the Year, has led the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles to a 37-5 overall record (7-1 in conference). She has earned Atlantic Sun Player of the Week honors two times this season and has been featured on ESPN.com. Jenks currently leads the A-Sun Conference in every major offensive category including batting average (.491), slugging percentage (1.079), on-base percentage (.634), runs scored (52), hits (56), RBI’s (61), home runs (19), total bases (123) and walks (44).

Jenks also ranks among the best softball players in the country. As of the first release of NCAA Division I statistics on March 22, she ranked seventh in batting average and runs per game, fourth in runs batted in per game, third in homeruns per game, second in home runs, RBI, and on-base percentage, and first in walks and slugging percentage. As a result, FGCU currently has the highest batting average, most wins, and second best scoring offense in Division I.

“It is a great honor to be one of the 25 finalists for the 2009 Player of the year award, especially in our second Division I season,” said senior third baseman Cheyenne Jenks. “There are a number of great players on the list and I feel fortunate to be among them. I would like to thank my coaches and teammates for their support because I could not earn this recognition alone.”

The Top 25 list represents 17 schools and seven different NCAA Division I Conferences. The list is comprised of nine seniors, 12 juniors, three sophomores and one freshman. The 2009 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be chosen from the 25 finalists.

Just days before the start of post-season play, a list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 6. The three finalists will be announced May 20 while the winner of the 2009 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of the 2009 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

2009 Top 25 Finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
Name – School – Year – Position – Hometown
Chelsea Bramlett (Mississippi State) – Junior – Catcher/Infield – Cordova, Tenn.
Stacey Chambers (Arizona) – Junior – Catcher – Glendale, Az.
Ashley Charters (Washington) – Senior - Infield– Beaverton, Ore.
Kaitlin Cochran (Arizona State) - Senior- Outfield - Yorba Linda, Calif.
Kelsi Dunne (Alabama) – Sophomore – Pitcher – Port Orange, Fla.
Francesca Enea (Florida) – Junior – Outfield – Woodland Hills, Calif.
Amber Flores (Oklahoma) – Junior – Infield – Calexico, Calif.
Alisa Goler (Georgia) – Sophomore – Infield – Frankfort, Ill.
Alissa Haber (Stanford) – Junior – Outfield- Newark, Calif.
Ashley Hansen (Stanford) – Freshman – Infield – Chandler, Az.
Tiffany Huff (Tennessee) – Junior – Catcher/First Base – Saugus, Calif.
Cheyenne Jenks (Florida Gulf Coast) – Senior –Infield – Naples, Fla.
Brittany Lastrapes (Arizona) – Sophomore – Outfield - Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Danielle Lawrie (Washington) – Junior - Pitcher – Langley, British Columbia
Jenae Leles (Arizona) – Senior – Third Base – Fair Oaks, Calif.
Sam Marder (Ohio State) – Junior– Catcher - Calabasas, Calif.
Charlotte Morgan (Alabama) – Junior– Pitcher/Utility – Moreno Valley, Calif.
Stacey Nelson (Florida) – Senior – Pitcher – Los Alamitos, Calif.
Nikki Nemitz (Michigan) – Junior – Pitcher – St. Clair Shores, Mich.
Amber Patton (DePaul) – Senior – Third Base - Forsyth, Ill.
Missy Penna (Stanford) – Senior – Pitcher/Infield – Miami, Fla.
Brittany Rogers (Alabama) – Senior – Outfield - Dacula, Ga.
Kaila Shull (UCLA) – Junior – Catcher/Outfield – Lodi, Calif.
Danielle Spaulding (North Carolina) – Junior – First Base/Pitcher - Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Tammy Williams (Northwestern) – Senior – Infield - Roscoe, Mo.

About ASA The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 83 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com.

About USA Softball USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won eight World Championship titles including the last six consecutive as well as claimed two World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com.