May 29, 2012
TOWSON, Md. – East Carolina sophomore designated player Jill Jelnick completed her postseason academic honor haul Thursday by earning a place on the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Jelnick owns a 4.00 cumulative grade-point average as an English education major and earned the accolade for the first time in her career.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his or her current institution and be nominated by his or her sports information director.
Jelnick was one of just 34 players chosen for this spring’s three Division I softball squads, one of only three underclassmen and the lone Conference USA student-athlete. She becomes the Pirate softball program’s eighth Academic All-America honoree and the second in the last three seasons as Charina Sumner was placed on the third team in 2010.
Jelnick is also the third East Carolina student-athlete to be chosen as a Capital One Second Team Academic All-America during the 2011-12 school year as football’s Matt Milner and soccer’s Jessica Abshire earned the honors during the fall.
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. Earlier this month, she was named to the league’s all-academic team for the first time in her career. 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 finished the year leading the team with 51 hits, ranking second in batting average (.315), on-base percentage (.390) and walks (18) while standing third in runs scored (25) and fourth in total bases (55) and stolen bases (10). Jelnick tallied a squad-best 14 multiple-hit games, including ECU’s lone four-hit contest – a career-best performance against North Dakota State. She led the club with a .355 batting average during February, scored a squad-high 17 runs in March and tallied a team-best 16 hits during April.
The leadoff batter hit .328 with runners on base, the second-highest mark among East Carolina players, and led the way with a .362 average with runners in scoring position. She also reached base 41.7 percent of the time when leading off a frame.