Editor's note: In conjunction of the launch of the new GoCentenary.com, we are announcing the addition of the Athlete of the Week by introducing Centenary's Female and Male Athlete of the Year for 2017-18. Starting in the fall of 2018, a Ladies or Gents student-athlete will be recognized as athlete of the week every Monday.
SHREVEPORT, La. – In a vote conducted by the Centenary athletic staff, Ladies softball senior Anna Dunn was named the Centenary Female Athlete of the Year.
Dunn received many postseason accolades this year, including becoming both the first National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American and First Team All-Region honoree in Centenary history. She also became the first Ladies softball player in more than a decadeto be named First Team All-Louisiana by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA).
In a spectacular career that also included three All-Conference nods and the 2015 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year award, Dunn saved the best for her senior season. She led the SCAC with a .424 batting average, a .915 slugging percentage, 52 RBIs, 15 home runs, and 108 total bases, breaking the Ladies single season record (non-scholarship era) in all five categories. She also broke both the conference and Centenary season home run record in the 2018 Conference Tournament.
Dunn also swiped 11 bags on the season, becoming the first player in SCAC softball history to tally double-digit home runs and stolen bases for a season.
For her play from April 9-15, Dunn received Player of the Week honors from both the SCAC and NFCA for the first time in her career. In seven games, she went 16-26 with 20 RBIs and five home runs. On senior weekend, April 14-15, she went 11-for-14 with seven runs scored, three doubles, and three home runs in the Ladies’ four-game sweep of Dallas. Her two home runs in the second game on Saturday was the first time a Ladies hitter has hit two round trippers in one game in five seasons.
Dunn completed her career with a .371 batting average, the best in school history during the NCAA Division III era (minimum 200 at-bats). She also easily broke the career records in slugging percentage (.654), runs (112), hits (169), home runs (27), RBIs (126), total bases (179), and doubles (44) during the non-scholarship era.