Christina Jaques of Bridge City, a sophomore shortstop/utility player for the Lamar State College-Port Arthur women’s softball team, has been named to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s pre-season All-American third team.

Jaques set Lamar State season records in the 2008 season for runs, hits, triples, runs batted in, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, stolen bases and put-outs.  

She also earned All-Region XIV first team honors after leading the conference in batting average (.506) and triples (8), and coming in third in runs scored, fourth in stolen bases and on-base percentage and ninth in hits.

Jaques ended the season ranked No. 23 in the nation in stolen bases and No. 27 in batting average, which led the National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association to select her to its All-Midwest Region first team and All-American third team.

Lamar State head coach Vance Edwards is glad to have Jaques back for a second season.    

“I’m excited about this season. Our team is much improved, and Christina is one of our team leaders,” Edwards said. “I expect her to set more records and score more runs this year because we have some exciting freshman players who really can hit the ball who are behind her in the batting lineup.”

Lamar State begins its 2009 campaign Thursday with a home doubleheader against Temple College, beginning at 1 p.m. at Martin Field, 1000 Lakeshore Drive on the LSC-PA campus.