DURHAM, N.C. – One of the state of Florida’s top field players will be Durham bound next year, as Marissa Young rounded out her 13th-ranked signing class with the addition of Lawton Chiles High School standout Caroline Jacobsen.
“I chose Duke because it has everything I wanted in a school, including outstanding academics and a competitive athletic culture,” Jacobsen said.
Jacobsen has emerged as one of the top players in the Sunshine State, leading Lawton Chiles High School to three district titles and receiving Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-State honors last season. Through three years, Jacobsen has posted 118 runs, 101 RBI, 19 homers, 19 stolen bases and eight triples. She has shown improvement throughout that stretch, jumping from a .402 clip her freshman season to a scorching .506 average last year.
Along with her average at the plate Jacobsen tallied 43 hits, driving in a career-high 52 runs and scoring 42 of her own while tallying a .598 on-base percentage during her All-State junior campaign. The shortstop/outfielder showed impressive ability to get extra-base hits as well, grabbing eight home runs, eight doubles and four triples en route to a .976 slugging percentage.
Jacobsen’s honors in her third year didn’t stop with FACA All-State, as she was named FACA All-Academic, Miracle Sports All-State Second Team, All-Big Bend First Team and Player of the Year while leading LCHS to the 8A District I title.
Sophomore season for Jacobsen featured a .469 average/.548 OBP/.897 SLG to go along with 46 hits, 46 runs scored, 32 runs batted in, 10 doubles, eight homers and four triples. She also flashed speed on the base paths, stealing a career-high 11 bags. Her prowess at the plate and on the bases earned her Chiles Offensive Player of the Year honors and a spot on the All-Big Bend First Team.
Jacobsen busted onto the scene her freshman year with a .402 average that produced 30 runs, 17 RBI, five doubles and three homers. The Chiles Rookie of the Year recorded a .563 slugging percentage to go along with a .500 OBP, helping LCHS capture the 7A District 2 Championship.
The Tallahassee, Fla., native has been on the travel ball scene since 2009, when she began with the Tallahassee Merchants. Jacobsen spent six seasons with the Merchants and played centerfield, shortstop and first base, culminating with a ninth-place finish at the 2014 14U ASA Nationals. She spent 2015-16 with the Santa Fe Inferno – Hill, playing outfield and shortstop, leading her squad to a fifth-place showing at the 2015 16U ASA Nationals. She made the move to the Santa Fe Inferno – Nowling in 2016 and has reached fourth place at the 2017 18U Gold USA Nationals and seventh place at the 2016 16U ASA Nationals.
Jacobsen’s dominance has not been limited to just the field, as she has excelled greatly in the classroom. The academic star is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as the Spanish National Honor Society where she was named the president for her senior year. She has landed on the High Honor Roll all four years, was given the Chiles Scholar Student Athlete Award her sophomore season and has been a member of the Interact Club, Key Club and Big Bad Wolves – Spirit Club. Jacobsen was also a Chiles Dance Marathon Morale Captain last year and was named a Chiles Ambassador for her final two years at school.
Favorite Softball Memory?
“One of my favorite softball memories is when my high school team played Niceville High School in a school tournament. The game was tied 1-1 going into the top of the eighth inning and I hit a two-run home run to put us ahead. Eventually those two runs held the lead to win the game. This was very memorable because it was so exciting and fun to be put in that pressure situation and pull through for my team.”
How Did You Get Started Playing Softball?
“I began playing tee-ball when I was four years old, then later on transitioned into softball. It seemed only natural for me to play ball because I was always around the baseball fields watching my older brothers play. Also, playing catch and hitting became something I enjoyed doing with my dad (and still do to this day).”
Who Has Made The Biggest Impact On Your Life?
“My parents have made the biggest impact on my life because they have shaped me into the person I am today. They have taught me the importance making good choices, being kind and always striving to be the best I can be.”
Goals Upon Graduation?
“Although I don’t know what I want to study, after graduation I plan on either attending graduate school to further my education or get a job in whatever field I choose.”
“Playing sports and listening to music.”
If You Could Play Any Other Sport In College You Would Pick?
“Volleyball because it seems fun even though I have never played.”
Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?
“Sometimes the hard thing and the right thing are the same thing.”
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