Franks, Page, and Ferris earn SCAC Softball postseason honors

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Senior Jena Franks, freshman Januar Page, and sophomore Ronni Ferris were all named to the All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference softball teams, announced today by the league office. Franks and Page earned First-Team accolades, while Ferris was voted to the Second Team.

Franks, a shortstop from Muscle Shoals, Ala., led the team this year in hits (38), RBIs (30), runs scored (29), slugging percentage (.646), triples (3), and total bases (64). She tied for third in the conference in triples, ranked seventh in on-base percentage (.479), and 10th in slugging percentage. Franks had 11 multi-hit and six multi-RBI games, and started the season on a 10-game hitting streak. In the field, she recorded 49 putouts and 57 assists with only eight errors for a .930 fielding percentage. Franks is now the BSC career leader in batting average (.401), slugging percentage (.675), and on-base percentage (.474).

Page, an outfielder from Enterprise, Ala., hit .323 in her first college season and led the team and was ranked third in the SCAC with 23 stolen bases on 26 chances. She was second on the team with 25 runs scored and had 25 putouts with no errors. Page recorded seven multi-hit games and had at least one stolen base in 17 games.

Ferris, a pitcher and second baseman from Cincinnati, Ohio, was 13-5 in the circle for the Panthers with a 1.83 ERA (ranking her fifth in the conference) and nine shutouts. She struck out 142 batters (third in the league) while allowing only a .204 opponent batting average (second in the conference). On March 27, Ferris threw the third perfect game in program history. She was also an important offensive player, hitting .374 with 37 hits, a .492 on-base percentage (second in the conference), 24 runs scored, 20 RBIs, five doubles, 47 total bases, and a team-high 23 walks (tied for first in the SCAC) and six sacrifice bunts.

Six Panthers also earned Honorable Mention All-Conference honors: junior catcher Jordan Allen, freshman first baseman Misha Aldridge, senior third baseman/pitcher Tori Harris, sophomore outfielder Ashley Bice, freshman utility player Brittany Berkopec, and junior outfielder Melissa Revis.

BSC went 25-9 this past season, finishing second in the SCAC Eastern Division standings with a 12-4 conference record.