HAARLEM, Netherlands – With one member of the LSU softball team making the rounds with a national team in assistant coach Howard Dobson, the Tigers earned another as All-American Sahvanna Jaquish will also take part in the ISF XIV World Championships beginning this Friday as a member of the Puerto Rico squad, which begins play against Team Canada.
To even field a tryout for the team, you had to be invited by the Puerto Rican Softball Federation, while also having either a parent or grandparent born in the country.
The 16-team field will begin pool play on Friday, with two sides of eight teams each. Once pool play ends, the playoffs to decide the eventual champion will be held over three days from August 22-24, culminating with a gold, silver and bronze medal contest.
“This is an incredible honor for Sahvanna,” head coach Beth Torina said. “She will have an opportunity to go up against some of the best softball players in the world, and after the season she had I’m confident she will perform well.”
Jaquish was able to knock some of the rust off a week ago, as the Team Puerto Rico played four exhibition contests against the Canadian National Team, before hopping on a transatlantic flight to the Netherlands on Monday as the team made its final preparations for the tournament.
Playing in all but two of the team’s games this past year, Jaquish put together one of the best freshman seasons in program history as she completed the 2014 campaign hitting .341 for the Tigers, the highest for everyday starters, in 60 games while seeing time as catcher with a .985 fielding percentage. Her team-leading 17 home runs are now a single-season program record at LSU, while her 55 RBI are the second-most for a Tiger freshman.
Jaquish’s slugging percentage of .699 is the second-highest ever for any LSU player in a single year, much less one in their first year in Baton Rouge, as she also pounded out nine doubles and a triple to go along with her .445 on-base percentage which was second on the team. In the postseason alone, Jaquish hit .438 with four home runs and nine RBI, while slugging 1.250 and getting walked 10 times for a .667 on-base percentage.
The Highland, California, native will not be the only current collegiate player on the team, as she will be joined by a handful of others including Karla Claudio and Monica Santos of South Florida, Nicole Osterman of Chattanooga and Jailynn Jackson of Hampton, among others.
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