Texas fans are not the only ones who have noticed Janae Jefferson’s debut season on the 40 Acres.
Jefferson is one of 25 candidates for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Division I National Freshman of the Year award. Jefferson and Oklahoma slugger Jocelyn Alo are the only Big 12 players on this watch list. After the 10 finalists are revealed on May 10, a winner will be crowned on May 29.
UCLA’s Rachel Garcia (2017), Florida’s Amanda Lorenz (2016), Oklahoma’s Paige Parker (2015) and Tennessee’s Annie Aldrete and Auburn’s Kasey Cooper (2014) are the previous winners of this award.
Jefferson leads Texas with her .372 batting average, 48 hits and 21 runs scored. Her 16 RBIs and seven steals also rank second among the Longhorns. Jefferson began her career with an eight-game hitting streak, which is a record for UT newcomers. A second baseman from Humble, Jefferson also didn’t strike out until the 133rd at-bat of her collegiate career.
Jefferson’s Longhorns (26-16; 9-1) and No. 24 Oklahoma State (32-13; 10-2) will battle three times at McCombs Field this weekend. Due to the possibility of inclement weather on Saturday, a double-header has been scheduled for Friday.
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