FORT MYERS, Fla. - FGCU third baseman Cheyenne Jenks led the Eagles through the year and unanimously earned the A-Sun Player of the Year award. Fellow senior Jessica Carter along with Courtney Platt and Lauran Ziegler joined her on the first team, while Jessica Paez earned second team honors.
In FGCU’s second year in Division I play, Jenks hit 23 home runs to sit second in NCAA rankings while her .473 average ranks fourth. The senior also knocked in 73 runs to lead the A-Sun and tie her own A-Sun single-season record. FGCU tops the NCAA rankings with a team batting average of .351.
“Cheyenne was named pre-season Conference player of the Year based on her performance last season and she lived up to and exceeded all expectations with her play this season,” said head coach Dave Deiros. “We certainly think she has a great case to be USA Player of the Year.”
Carter, a senior from Ocala, Fla., had a solid season for the Eagles. She finished the season with a .456 batting average with four homers, 49 RBI and 17 doubles. She finished the season top-5 in the A-Sun in batting average, on-base pct., hits, RBI, and doubles.
Platt (Naples, Fla.) had a breakout season on the field for the Eagles. She hit .437 on the season and finished with 10 homers, 50 RBI, a .770 slugging percentage, 11 doubles, 41 runs scored, 37 walks, 104 total bases, 59 hits, and a .563 on-base percentage, which all are top-10 in the conference.
“Jessica Carter and Courtney Platt had breakout seasons this past year,” said Deiros. “Both of them improved tremendously from last year and were an integral part of the #1 batting average and #2 runs scored offense in the country.”
Ziegler, a junior from Palm Bay, Fla., had a great season as the leadoff hitter for the Eagles. She finished the season with a .388 batting average with 73 total bases, 62 runs scored, a .444 on-base percentage, and 26 stolen bases. She led the A-Sun in runs scored, hits, and stolen bases.
“Lauran Ziegler was our spark plug this season as our leadoff hitter,” said Deiros.
Jessica Paez, a senior from Belle Glade, Fla., had a tremendous season in her second as an Eagle. She hit .328 on the season with a .639 slugging percentage. She also hit 14 homers and drove in 2 runs while scoring 58 times. She finished top-3 in the conference in SAC flies, total bases, homeruns, triples, RBI, and runs scored. She is also finished top-10 in the nation in homeruns and RBI.
“I am very proud of Jessica Paez,” said Deiros. “She had another fine season and is deserving of her second team All-Conference selection.”
The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun stands for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas, with a focus on the balance between the two for our student-athletes. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.