May 2, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina junior outfielder Jill Jelnick has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 3 First Team, according to an announcement by the organization on Thursday. She holds a 4.00 cumulative grade-point average as an English education major and earned the accolade for the second time in her career.
Due to the first-team nod, Jelnick advances to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first, second and third-team All-America honorees will be chosen later this month. The Academic All-District ® teams include student-athletes from the eight geographic districts across the Unites States and Canada.
Jelnick is a three-time recipient of the Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medal (3.75+ GPA) and has also been named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll (3.0+ GPA) in each of her first three years. In her first five semesters at East Carolina, she has earned a place on the school’s Chancellor’s List (4.0 GPA). At the end of the 2010-11 academic year, Jelnick was tabbed as a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar Athlete.
On the field in 2013, the Aliso Viejo, Calif., product sports a .285 batting average. She is second on the team in runs scored (26), tied for second in triples (2) and stolen bases (7) plus third in hits (45), while playing and starting all 48 games as the squad’s lead-off batter. During Conference USA games, Jelnick is second on the team with 18 hits, while also contributing 11 runs, seven RBI, six walks and a pair of stolen bases.
This season, Jelnick owns 10 multiple-hit games, including three in C-USA contests. Additionally, she is tied for third on the squad with four multiple-RBI games. During the Marshall series in late April, she contributed five RBI, four hits and three runs scored. In the three games against UTEP, she hit .375, posted a .462 on-base percentage and scored five runs in helping the Pirates to a sweep.
While at the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational, Jelnick tied her career best with four hits against Binghamton and drove in the game-winning run with an infield single in extra innings. In the contest against Liberty on the first day of the Pirate Invitational, she hit her first career home run, stole a base and scored three runs.
Last season, Jelnick earned a place on the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team. She became the Pirate softball program’s eighth Academic All-America honoree and the first since Charina Sumner earned a spot on the third team in 2010.
Jelnick and the Pirates wrap up the regular season this weekend with a three-game C-USA series against UCF (26-24, 7-14 C-USA) at ECU Softball Stadium. The teams play a 1:00 p.m. (ET) doubleheader Saturday and finish with a noon (ET) Sunday matchup. Sunday’s game will be Senior Day for ECU’s Kai Clark and Cicely Lopez in the final home game of their careers.