|Shannon Jones 9
2013 Senior CLASS Candidate
2013 MAAC Preseason Player of the Year
AS A JUNIOR (2012)- MAAC Co-Player of the Year...Siena Female Athlete of the Year...All-MAAC First Team...Capital One Academic All-District First Team...ECAC All-Star Team...NFCA Great Lakes All-Region Second Team...Had the best season in the history of Siena softball setting single-season records in three categories including hits (66), home runs (14), and runs (46)...Ranked number one in the conference in six different offensive statistics: batting average (.434), home runs, hits, runs, total bases (127), and slugging percentage (.836)...Tied for the MAAC lead in runs batted in (43) and doubles (15)...Led the team in 12 different categories...Ranked 13th in the country in batting average and slugging percentage...Was the 16th toughest batter to strike out in the nation (six strikeouts in 152 at-bats which is one out of every 25.3 appearances)...The only Saint to start and play in all 50 games...Had a 13-game hitting streak where she hit 22-for-42 (.524), scored 14 runs, and drove in 16...Went 45 straight at-bats or more without a strikeout on two occassions...Slugged three home runs in the doubleheader against Binghamton...Scored 23 runs in a 13-game span (4/3-4/20)...Hit .700 (7-for-10) with four doubles, eight RBIs, and scored five runs against Coppin State (3/11-3/14)...Amassaed a home batting average of .538 while crossing the plate 20 times
AS A SOPHOMORE (2011)- One of only three Saints to start all 45 games...Led Siena in batting average (.416), hits (57), home runs (10), RBI (43), runs scored (28), and slugging percentage (.723)...An All-MAAC First Team and ECAC Second Team selection...Became the fourth Siena player to homer 10 or more times in a single season, as well as the second to rack up 40 RBI and the second to post two 50-hit seasons in a career...Homered in both games of a doubleheader against Binghamton (4/6)...Went 3-for-3 with season-high five RBI in win over Rider (4/10)...Recorded at least one hit in her last eight MAAC games of the season...Committed just eight errors in 208 chances at shortstop.
AS A FRESHMAN (2010)- Made an immediate impact, starting 50 games and hitting a team-high .344 with six home runs, 33 RBI's, 55 hits, and 22 runs scored...An All-MAAC Second Team selection...Had first hit of her Siena career against Georgia State (2/25), going 2-for-3 with a run scored...Belted first collegiate home run against Kent State (3/20)...Drove in four or more runs on three separate occasions, including a 3-for-4, six-RBI performance against Marist (5/1)...Success also translated to fielding, setting a new program record for assists in a season (125).
BEFORE SIENA- Four-year starter in softball and volleyball and three-year starter in basketball at Troy High...2008 Big Ten Softball Player of the Year...Section II Player of the Year by the Times Union and Troy Record...First Team All-State as a junior and First Team All-Area selection for both the Times Union and the Troy Record the past two seasons...First Team All-Area pick by the Troy Record and a Second Team selection by the Times Union as a freshman...Member of 2008 gold medal and 2007 silver medal Adirondack teams in the Empire State games...National Honor Society inductee...Two-time captain...Hit .527 her junior season with 32 runs, four doubles, six home runs, 21 RBI and six stolen bases.
PERSONAL- Shannon Nicole Jones was born June 16, 1991...Parents are Michael and Rosemary...Vice-President for Siena's SAAC where she was involved in events such as the Student Athlete Talent Show (which raised over $1,000 for Special Olympics), the canned food drive, Adopt-A-Family, Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, and the Jimmy Fund...Founded the Student Athlete Mentoring (SAM) Program which helps guides other student athletes with any problems they may face in collegiate life...Has a brother Adam and sister Kellie who played softball and volleyball at Russel Sage...Aspires to be a physical therapist.
LAJEUNESSE ON JONES- "We're looking for Shannon to have another huge year for us offensively and defensively. We feel very fortunate to have a hitter of her ability in the middle of the lineup, which gives us confidence as a coaching staff that with runners in scoring position she will get the job done. A two-time All-MAAC selection, she has developed into the leader of the infield, and is what I describe as a pure ballplayer."
Twitter Handle: @shannonjones9
What I like most about Siena College: The friends that I have made and the experiences I have had with everyone.
Where do you see yourself in five years? I will hopefully have my doctrine in Physical Therapy and have a successful job doing something that I love.
My favorite class at Siena: Histology
My favorite spot on campus: in the weight room
Other sports I like to follow at Siena: I like to follow them all, but I have a special place in my heart for volleyball.
What I like most about Siena softball: being able to play the game that i love with some of my best friends.
My best Siena softball moment has been: Hitting a walk off homerun against Marist last season on Senior Day. I still get chills thinking about running those bases.
My superstitions: I say "It's a beautiful day to win ball games" similar to Dr. Shepherd who says " It's a beauitful day to save lives" in Greys Anatomy.
If I didn't play softball, I would: have been a dancer and been on Dance Moms
The player on the team who I relate to best is: Why? Meg Volz because we have known each other since we were 7 years old and we are always joking about how goofy we were as children.
My most overused phrase in text messages: :"hahahaha"
One thing people would be surprised to know about: I was born on Father's Day
If I could be on a reality TV show, it would be: Why? Wipeout, I already applied. It's hilarious and I want to see how hard it really is to do that!
What is that one thing you can't do without? Willy, my pillow boyfriend. It is a blue micro-bead pillow that has the shape of a bubble person. I bring that pillow on every road trip.
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go to: Italy. I took Italian in high school for five years and I loved every second of it. I want to go experience everything that I have learned. Plus my mom's ancestors are from Italy.
The best player I ever played against was: No clue
My biggest fear is: Having surgery and being able to feel it!
If I were a crayon, I would be this color: Macaroni and Cheese Yello- because I'd be willing to say that there is no one that says they didn't like that color and/or the name
The person who has helped me the most is: My sister
Professional athlete: Peyton Manning
Pro Sports Team: Yankees and Colts
Flavor of ice cream: Fro-Yo- Half Baked
Pizza topping: Cheese, cheese, and more cheese
Day of the Week: Thursday, because you know Friday is coming and Monday is still far away!
Animal: A Liger. It's pretty much my favorite animal. It's like a lion and a tiger mixed...bred for its skills in magic.
TV show: Grey's Anatomy
Song: Anything by Jason Derulo works for me :)
Artist: Jason Derulo
Actor/Actress: I have a slight woman crush on Catherine Zeta Jones. And my favorite actor is Will Farrell
Movie: A League of Their Own
Book: Goodnight Moon
iPhone App: Pinterest
Lucky Number: 9
Radio Station: I have a lot of favorite stations; pretty much whichever at that time is playing music.
Person to Follow on Twitter: Grumpy Cat