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Spigner wins national award

Posted: July 16, 2008 2:06 a.m.
Updated: September 16, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Jessica Spigner

 

Jessica Spigner is cleaning up in the postseason like she did during.

The Vikings pitcher and RBI machine was named the EA SPORTS Softball Player of the Year yesterday.

For Spigner, who knocked in 37 runs during her senior season, it's the first national award she's received.

"I was in shock," said Spigner, who found out in an E-mail from her mom Dyan. "I almost didn't believe it."

The link in the E-mail, which sent Spigner to an article announcing the award was real.

Her numbers this year were real too, though they appeared everything but.

Spigner struck out 222 batters, winning 29 games with an 0.62 ERA. She also hit 12 home runs while batting .480.

Last year, Jordan Taylor was a candidate for the award, going 32-0, but it was the multi-dimensional aspect of Spigner's game that put her over the top.

Eight total Californians made the 30-person first team and another seven were listed on the second team.

Prior to getting the honor from EA SPORTS, Spigner had been racking up regional awards including the California Gatorade Player of the Year, CalHiSports.com's Ms. Softball State Player of the Year, the CIF-Southern Section Scholar Athlete of the Year. and The Signal's All-SCV Softball Player of the Year.

Before playing at Tennessee in the fall, where she'll return to third base, Spigner is playing for her 18-Under Gold Team.

"My team and my coaches believed in me and I couldn't have done it without them," Spigner said.

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