Yates Named to OVC All-Newcomer Team
Nashville, Tenn. – Junior College transfer Joselynn Yates was selected to the Ohio Valley Conference All-Newcomer Team as announced on Tuesday evening by the conference office. The third baseman becomes the seventh Tiger in school history to be given this honor. Yates joins Kiarra Freeman who was named in 2013, Shea Morris in 2012, Emily Samana and Candace Hildebrand in 2006 and Tamara Perkins and Amanda Vaught in 2007.
“It is an honor to be named to the All-Newcomer team,” said Yates. “We all worked really hard day in and day out. My teammates really pushed me to be better and had my back when I struggled.”
Yates batted .301, second on the team only to freshman Kailey Richard, and scored 17 times, while driving in 17 runs. The red-shirt sophomore recorded six double, a triple, a home run and three stolen bases on the season. Yates led the team in walks with 16, which helped produce a .371 on base percentage, good for second on the team.
Yates, along with junior Lindsey Burgess, was the only Tigers to start all 48 games in 2015. The Olathe, Kan. native led TSU with 12 multiple hit games and was third in multiple RBI games. Yates also led the team with 97 assists.
“Playing teams like LSU, South Carolina, Marshall and South Alabama really helped me transition to this level,” Yates said. “Everything and everyone is quicker, but it all helped me prepare for the OVC. I am not one to look at stats, so I plan on working harder for next year and trying to get TSU further than we have ever been before.”