June 27, 2012
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Coming off a season in which they put up some gaudy numbers and have already been showered with numerous awards, Siena softball's Shannon Jones and Jessika - Jo Sandrini added another major honor Wednesday. The duo has been named to the ECAC All-Star Star Team, with Jones being selected to the First Team and Sandrini to the Second Team.
Jones, who was named the MAAC Co-Player of the Year, was joined on the First Team by Iona's Alyssa Maiese who shared the conference's major award with her. A total of four MAAC players made the All-Star Team - two of which were from Siena - as Fairfield's Lauren Liseth joined Sandrini on the Second Team.
In addition to her ECAC and MAAC honors, Jones has been named Siena College's Female Student Athlete of the Year, a Capital One Academic All-District First Team selection and an NFCA Great Lakes Second Team All-Region selection this offseason.
This spring the junior led the MAAC in batting average (.434), home runs (14), hits (66), runs (46) total bases (127) and slugging percentage (.836) and tied for the conference lead in RBI (43) and doubles (15). The nearby native of Troy, N.Y. also set the program's single-season record for hits, home runs and runs scored as well as the 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.
A native of Adna, Wash., Sandrini excelled both in the circle and at the plate during her sophomore season. She finished second in the MAAC in batting average (.403), home runs (13) and total bases (111) trailing only Jones in those categories. Sandrini, who became the first player in program history to be named to two MAAC teams in one year (First Team as a hitter and Second Team as a Pitcher), also ranked third in the MAAC in RBI (39) and fifth in hits (58). As a pitcher, Sandrini posted nine wins, a 2.89 ERA and a school-record 135 strikeouts.