Jelnick Picks Up NCCSIA All-State Honors

UABSPORTS.COM Sophomore Jill Jelnick was named to the NCCSIA University Division All-State Softball Team for the first time in her career.
Sophomore Jill Jelnick was named to the NCCSIA University Division All-State Softball Team for the first time in her career.

June 15, 2012

DURHAM, N.C. - East Carolina sophomore designated player Jill Jelnick was named to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) University Division All-State Softball Team, according to an announcement by the organization Friday. The all-state award is the first of Jelnick's career and comes three weeks after she received Capital One Academic All-America honors.

The ninth-annual NCCSIA team consists of NCAA Division I student-athletes from North Carolina colleges and universities. North Carolina sports information professionals submitted the nominees and NCCSIA members voted for the squad, which consists of two pitchers, one catcher, four infielders, three outfielders, one designated player and one utility player. NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the university (NCAA Division I) and college (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for women's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, softball and baseball.

Jelnick served as the Pirates' primary designated player and leadoff batter in 2012, starting 51 of the club's 53 games. She paced East Carolina with 51 hits while standing second on the squad in batting average (.315), on-base percentage (.390) and walks (18), third in runs scored (25) and fourth in total bases (55) and stolen bases (10).

During Conference USA action, the Aliso Viejo, Calif., native recorded a .310 batting average, good for third among ECU players. She tied for the top spot on the team with 22 hits in league games and led the group with 13 runs scored in C-USA contests.

Remaining a consistent offensive threat throughout the campaign, Jelnick paced the squad with a .355 batting average during February, scored a team-high 17 runs in March and tallied an ECU-best 16 hits during April. She produced a Pirate-leading 14 multiple-hit games, including the lone four-hit contest, a career-best performance against North Dakota State. She added six multiple-RBI tilts, tied for the second most on the squad.



This postseason, Jelnick has also received numerous academic awards as she was elected to the Second Team Capital One All-America squad as well as the Capital One Academic All-District 3 First Team and the Conference USA All-Academic Team.

2012 NCCSIA All-State Softball Team (University Division)

Pos. Name School Class Hometown
P Cindy Boomhower Gardner-Webb Senior Walhalla, S.C.
P Erin O'Shea* Elon Senior Kennesaw, Ga.
C Taylor McGee Campbell Senior Charlotte, N.C.
INF Eileen Horsmon* UNCG Junior Dunkirk, Md.
INF Juanita Jernigan North Carolina A&T Sophomore Raleigh, N.C.
INF Samantha Meenaghan# Gardner-Webb Sophomore Atlantic Beach, Fla.
INF Ericka Nesbitt Campbell Freshman Salisbury, N.C.
OF Erin Foster Western Carolina Senior Salisbury, N.C.
OF Briana Gwaltney UNC Charlotte Junior Anaheim Hills, Calif.
OF Tomeka Watson#* Elon Junior Jackson, Ga.
DP Jill Jelnick East Carolina Sophomore Aliso Viejo, Calif.
UTL Alex Emeterio#* UNCG Senior Murrieta, Calif.










# - 2011 NCCSIA All-State pick
* - 2010 NCCSIA All-State pick