May 10, 2012
After one of the most astounding offensive seasons in program history, Siena junior Shannon Jones was awarded MAAC Co-Player of the Year honors Thursday night at the conference's awards banquet in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The infielder was one of four all-conference nods for the Green and Gold, and one of seven to earn spots on the 2012 MAAC All-Academic Team.
Siena's 2012 Female Student Athlete of the Year, Jones led the MAAC in batting average (.434), home runs (14), RBI (43), hits (66), runs (46), total bases (127), and slugging percentage (.836). She set single-season program records for homers, hits, and runs, as well as career marks for batting average (.396) and doubles (39). Additionally, Jones became just the third player in Siena history with more than 100 career RBI, and tied the career record in that category as well with 119 runs driven in. She shared the conference's top award with Iona's Alyssa Maiese.
As mentioned, she was not alone on the All-MAAC teams. In fact, sophomore Jessika - Jo Sandrini did something that had never occurred in program history: Make the team twice in a single year. The three-time MAAC Player of the Week was a First Team selection for her work with the bat (.403 average, 13 home runs, 39 RBI, 58 hits, and 32 runs scored), and a Second Team honoree for her accomplishments in the pitching circle (nine wins, a 2.89 ERA, and a school-record 135 strikeouts).
The Saints also saw catcher Nastasha Powlowsky make the Second Team. The senior made her final year in Loudonville one to remember, hitting .323 with four home runs, 33 RBI, 43 hits, and 21 runs scored. She earned her first-ever MAAC Player of the Week selection on April 10 after hitting .692 in sweeps over Manhattan and Saint Peter's, and was one of just three Saints to play all 50 games in 2012.
Jones was joined on the MAAC All-Academic Team by seniors Jen Duell, Amanda Filippazzo, and Lindsey McKeever, juniors Mandy Ferro and Stefanie Sueda, and sophomore Samantha Ray.
The Saints won 20 games and went 8-8 in MAAC play for the second consecutive year. The 20 wins tied for the most by a Siena softball team since 2005, and the eight wins in conference play tied for the most since 2003. The Green and Gold graduate five seniors, but will return six of the team's top seven hitters, including Jones and Sandrini, in 2013.