Jamie Southern Named to All-Decade Team
Dec. 4, 2009
FRESNO, Calif. – Nearly five years after her storied softball career under head coach Margie Wright, Jamie Southern continues to be honored in the softball world. On Nov. 25, Southern was one of 30 current/former student-athletes to be named to the ESPN Rise All-Decade Softball Team.
“I think it’s a great honor for Jamie and she certainly earned it,” said Wright. “To be named one of the top 30 softball players in the decade that’s pretty incredible. Jamie was an outstanding athlete and a great student academically. It’s a big plus for Fresno State.”
Southern, from Clovis High School in Clovis, Calif., donned a Bulldog uniform from 2002-05 where she was a three-time first-team All-American, a second-team All-American and a two-time Academic All-American. She was a four-time first-team All-Region and All-WAC selection while being named the WAC Pitcher of the Year four times and the WAC Freshman of the Year in 2002.
A Honda Award and USA Softball Player of the Year Finalist (four times), Southern was also the Fresno State Female Athlete of the Year twice. She was named the WAC Female Athlete of the Year in 2005 and was one of two Bulldogs, along with fellow softball player Amanda Scott, to earn the NCAA Top VIII Award.
Southern was named to the NCAA All-Region Tournament Team in 2002 and 2003. She also led the country in ERA in both 2002 and 2004.
She ended her career ranking in the top 10 in nine NCAA categories and ranks in the top 10 in 18 Fresno State hitting and pitching categories. Southern is the all-time Bulldog leader in appearances, games started, wins, complete games, innings pitched, strikeouts, shutouts, saves and no-hitters.
At the conclusion of her collegiate career, Southern was the No. 1 pick in the National Pro Fastpitch League’s senior draft in 2005. She won two professional championships in the league, in 2005 and 2008. She also won gold with Team USA in the World Championships in 2006.
To view the complete team, click here: http://sports.espn.go.com/highschool/rise/softball/news/story?id=4674815.
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