Don’t talk about Sahvanna Jaquish. She politely makes that request.
A catcher one day and third baseman the next, Jaquish is sometimes tasked with quarterbacking the infield behind the plate, calming down one of the four Tiger pitchers who have collectively taken the “Fantastic Four” moniker.
“Catchers shouldn’t be talked about too much,” Jaquish said. “They’re really the frame and the pitcher is the picture, so I take that mindset. We’re the silent warriors behind the plate.”
Take the mask and catcher’s gear off, and Jaquish is anything but silent. She’s been singing since she was about 5 years old but started taking voice lessons when she arrived in Baton Rouge.
She, sophomore infielder Constance Quinn and UL-Lafayette transfer Randi Provost even have a secret music group. The trio performed at the team’s annual Meet and Greet — Quinn on percussion, Provost on guitar and Jaquish on vocals.
Often, Jaquish can be heard singing the team’s motivational cheers in the dugout during games.
“I get to listen to her sing all the time,” said pitcher and roommate Kelsee Selman. “She’s really good at it. She’s an amazing singer, actually. She sings a lot. All different songs. She just sings very well.”
Selman swears she’s heard a Mariah Carey verse or two from Jaquish, though the Highland, California, native said she hasn’t been that adventurous yet. Singing is Jaquish’s passion and an outlet to express herself away from the diamond.
“It’s really helped us with our chemistry. We love other things other than softball, and it’s nice to share that with them off the field,” Jaquish said. “It’s (great) to get my mind off everything.”
On the field and in the batter’s box, Jaquish’s exploits bring her teammates even closer.
A second-team NFCA All-American last season, Jaquish is fresh off a torrid weekend in her home state. She spearheaded a 5-0 weekend at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, highlighted by a 4-3 win against No. 13 Arizona. She hit a grand slam in the win against San Diego State and a solo home run against Northwestern, boosting her total to six — tied with Bianka Bell for the team lead.
Jaquish leads the team with 25 RBIs, some courtesy of her power, but teams would be misguided to think her power is the only facet of her offensive game.
“Knowing that you’re on second of first base and Sahvanna’s at bat, it’s like the defense doesn’t even know what’s coming for them,” Quinn said. “Knowing (she) can easily put something on the ground and get through the hole or over the fence, you know you’re scoring.”
Still, Jaquish finds faults. She points to her five strikeouts thus far and can’t remember having that many at this juncture last year. Probably true. She struck out only 15 times in her entire freshman season.
Speaking of that freshman season, don’t bring that up to Jaquish either. The accolades are plentiful. The team leader in batting average, home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage and total bases, Jaquish was an easy first-team All-SEC team selection and was voted LSWA Freshman of the Year.
Not that she wants to talk about it. Nor will anyone recall it.
“It fades away,” Jaquish said. “You don’t remember who was an All-American five years ago, you remember who won the national championship. I feel like our team understands that.”