Sophomore Jill Jelnick was one of two underclassmen named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team.
May 8, 2012
IRVING, Texas - East Carolina sophomore utility player Jill Jelnick has earned a place on the Conference USA All-Academic Team, according to an announcement by the league office Tuesday afternoon. Jelnick owns a 4.00 cumulative grade-point average as an English education major and received the accolade for the first time in her career. She joins Tulsa's Jill Barrett as the only two underclassmen on the squad.
Last week, Jelnick was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 3 First Team and is now eligible for the Capital One Academic All-America Team, which will be chosen later this month.
For her work in the classroom, Jelnick has received the Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medal (3.75+ GPA) and a place on the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll (3.0+ GPA) twice. In every semester at East Carolina, she has earned the school's Chancellor's List (4.0 GPA) designation. 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 for the Pirates, the Aliso Viejo, Calif., product leads the team in hits (51) while standing second in batting average (.321), on-base percentage (.397) and walks (18) and third in runs scored (25). During the Conference USA campaign, Jelnick paced ECU with 22 hits and owned the second-best on-base percentage (.417) and third-highest batting average (.310).
This year Jelnick owns a team-high 14 multiple-hit games and is tied for second on the squad with six multiple-RBI games. She has pieced together two career-long five-game hitting streaks (March 24-31 & April 28-May 5) and scored 12 runs in a six-game stretch against Tulsa, UTEP and UNC Wilmington.
East Carolina (25-27, 11-12 C-USA) returns to action Thursday in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament. The Pirates enter as sixth seed and play third-seeded Marshall (34-20, 15-9 C-USA) at 5:30 p.m. ET at the UAB Softball Complex in Birmingham, Ala.