Jen Yee

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Jen Yee[1]

Jen Yee played softball at Georgia Tech from 2007-2010 with a red shirt year (meaning she did not play for a season) in 2008. She took that year to play with the Canadian Olympic team. She is one of the best softball players to come through Georgia Tech, breaking almost every offensive record previously set, and is considered to be one of the top hitters in the country. She played second base for the Lady Jackets and was their lead off batter.



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Before Georgia Tech

Jennifer Yee was born in British Columbia, Canada on June 14, 1987. She lived there with her parents Peter and Maye and her younger brother Michael. Growing up she played for Team BC and through the years they won a few Canadian Summer Games. She received a softball scholarship from Niagara University where she planned to study engineering. Yee's freshman year she was leading the team offensively with a .466 batting average and 11 home runs.

College Career at Georgia Tech

Jen Yee hitting[2]

Sophomore season (2007)

Jen Yee started off her first season at Georgia Tech making a big impact. She played in every single game at 2nd base while batting usually third or fourth in the line up. She worked her way into the Georgia Tech record book that year finishing with the most at-bats and the second most runs scored for the Lady Jackets. Her batting average was .343 and she had a 18 game hitting streak near the end of the season. She led the Jackets to a 54-16 record and a Regional in the NCAA tournament.

Junior Redshirt season (2009)

After taking a year off to play for the Canadian National team in Beijing, Yee came back to Tech an even better player than before. Again she started all 61 games and she led the team on offense in every category. She had the second best ACC batting average (.415) and the 30th best nationally. She also had a .534 on base percent, meaning she was on base more than 50 percent of the time. On defense she was equally effective with a .975 fielding percentage and only 6 errors the whole season. Yee played her best softball in the post season. She carried the team to an ACC Championship, entree into the NCAA tournament, a Super Regional finish, and the best win/loss record Georgia Tech had ever earned. Jen Yee received many awards after her 2009 season because of her impressive statistics.[3]

Senior Redshirt year (2010)

If Jen Yee's previous seasons were not impressive enough, her senior campaign was nothing less than exceptional. She broke not only almost every Georgia Tech softball record for offense, but national records as well. At the season's end she had the highest batting average in the nation (.568), the most runs scored (93), the most walks (88), tied for most home runs (29), and the highest on base percentage (.732)[4]. The ACC is a tough conference in softball, so for Yee to produce offensive numbers like that, it proves she is a great hitter. She led the Lady Jackets to their second straight ACC Championship as well as Regional in the NCAA tournament. The Yellow Jackets were ranked 6th in the nation, their highest ranking ever, and they yielded another great record of 49-9. Jen Yee was 1 of 3 finalist for National Player of the Year. She will be an irreplaceable player for the Jackets as she moves on to the international arena of softball.[5]

Honors and Awards

ACC All-Conference (2007, 2009, 2010)

ACC Player of the Year 2010

ACC All-Academic Team (2009, 2010)

USA Softball Player of the Year Finalist 2010

NFCA All-American 2010[6]

After Georgia Tech

Jen Yee played with the Canadian National Team after her career at Georgia Tech ended in the spring of 2010. She is currently on the Canadian National Team's roster and the team's starting second baseman[7]. She was a leader in offense for the team. Yee is scheduled to graduate with her undergraduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering this winter. She recently accepted a graduate assist coaching position for the University of Massachusetts where she plans to get her masters[8].

References

  1. . USOC Pressbox (1 December 2010)The Pressbox. Retrieved December 1, 2010 from http://pressbox.teamusa.org/Pages/ViewImage.aspx?list=Article+Images&imageid=550
  2. http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/geot/sports/w-softbl/auto_action/2846952.jpeg&imgrefurl=http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/031109aab.html&usg=__SiD0BXHOayqd1K6ucCc-3jXwsPw=&h=250&w=150&sz=39&hl=en&start=0&sig2=ba4N6BhyPO-lvAcTOM3qvA&zoom=1&tbnid=j6iCr_78eL2KRM:&tbnh=155&tbnw=99&ei=A-7-TJrOFsH68Abc28T-Bw&prev=/images%3Fq%3Djen%2Byee%2Bhitting%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1276%26bih%3D587%26gbv%3D2%26tbs%3Disch:1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=267&vpy=88&dur=812&hovh=200&hovw=120&tx=103&ty=86&oei=A-7-TJrOFsH68Abc28T-Bw&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=20&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0
  3. Georgia Tech Athletics(1 December 2010).The Georgia Tech Athletic Site. Retrieved December 1, 2010 http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/w-softbl/mtt/yee_jen00.html
  4. The AJC. (1 December 2010).Jen Yee Retrieved December 1, 2010 from http://blogs.ajc.com/georgia-tech-sports/2010/05/24/is-yee-the-best-tech-athlete-ever/
  5. Softball. (1 December 2010).GT Fax. Retrieved December 1, 2010 http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/geot/sports/w-softbl/auto_pdf/10-ncaa-notes.pdf
  6. Georgia Tech Softball. (1 December 2010). Georgia Tech Athletic Site. Retrieved December 1, 2010 http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/052610aaa.html
  7. http://softball.ca/main.asp#
  8. http://www.goriverhawks.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/112910aaa.html
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