Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
MUNCIE, Ind. - - A familiar face will be returning to the Ball State softball coaching staff, as two-time All-American and professional player Jenny Gilbert has been named an assistant coach for the Cardinals according to first-year head coach Megan Ciolli Bartlett.
“I am thrilled to announce the hiring of Jenny Gilbert as a full-time coach,” Ciolli Bartlett said. “She is a bright young star in this profession. Jenny is loyal, passionate and very knowledgeable. There is no one more proud of what this program has accomplished than Jenny Gilbert. I am ecstatic she will be a part of its future.”
Gilbert, who is currently completing her second season as a member of the National Pro Fastpitch’s Akron Racers, began her collegiate coaching career as a volunteer assistant for her alma mater in 2015. With her help, Ball State finished the season with a 34-25 (14-5 Mid-American Conference) record, won the MAC West Division title and claimed the league’s tournament championship to earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Regionals. The Cardinals went on to defeat 16th-seeded Notre Dame in the regional opener for the program’s first-ever regional victory.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to continue to represent Ball State,” Gilbert said “I want to thank Megan Ciolli Bartlett for this amazing opportunity to remain working with one of the premier softball programs in the Midwest. As an alumna, I take great ownership in this program. I will use my knowledge from my time as a player at Ball State, as well as professional playing experience, to continue the winning tradition of our program.”
A two-time All-American left fielder as a student-athlete for Ball State from 2011-2014, Gilbert helped guide the Cardinals to three MAC Regular Season Championships (2012, 2013 & 2014) over her playing career. Gilbert, the only All-American in program history, became just the fourth two-time All-America selection in MAC history when she was named to the NFCA All-America Second Team in 2014 after earning third team status one year earlier. The only three-time MAC Player of the Year (2012, 2013 & 2014), Gilbert finished her career as one of only 11 players in NCAA Division I history to earn her respective conference player of the year award three times.
Gilbert finished her collegiate career as the league’s record holder in runs batted in (246), runs scored (215), home runs (75), doubles (62) and slugging percentage (.810). Her 75 home runs ranked eighth in NCAA Division I history at the conclusion of her career, and she became the NCAA career home run leader among Canadian-born players with her 66th blast versus North Dakota State (March 22, 2014). In addition, she ended her playing career tied for ninth in NCAA Division I history with 246 RBI, while her .810 slugging percentage was 10th.
Following her Ball State playing days, Gilbert signed with the Akron Racers after being selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2014 NPF Draft. The first outfielder chosen in the draft, she played a partial season for the Racers in 2014 before finishing the summer with the Canadian National Team, with which she has been associated since 2009. This summer, Gilbert has played exclusively for the Racers who enter this weekend’s NPF Championship Series as the third seed.
End Of Playing Career Notes:
• NCAA Statistics Notes Following Career: Finished career ranked eighth in NCAA Division I history with 75 career home runs … became the NCAA career home run leader among Canadian-born players with her 66th career blast versus North Dakota State (March 22) … her 246 career RBI were tied for ninth in NCAA Division I history, while her .810 career slugging percentage was 10th.
• In Mid-American Conference Career Records: RBI (246, first), runs scored (215, first), home runs (75, first), doubles (62, first), slugging percentage (.810, first), hits (274, second), batting average (.382, fifth), at bats (717, eighth), walks (94, eighth)
• In Ball State's Career Records: runs scored (215, first), hits (274, first), doubles (62, first), home runs (75), RBI (246, first), total bases (581, first), slugging percentage (.810, first), batting average (.382, second), on base percentage (.461, second), at bats (717, third), sacrifice flies (6, t-fourth), walks (94, fifth), times hit by a pitch (16, t-5th), games started (219, seventh), games played (219, eighth), triples (10, 10th).
• In MAC Single Season Records (highest ranking only): batting average (.451 in 2013, first), RBI (70 in 2013, first), runs scored (64 in 2012, t-first), home runs (23 in 2013, second), doubles (19 in 2012, t-fourth), hits (78 in 2013, ninth).
• In Ball State's Single Season Records (highest ranking only): home runs (23 in 2013, first), RBI (70 in 2013, first), total bases (162 in 2013, first), slugging percentage (.936 in 2013, first), on base percentage (.534 in 2013, first), doubles (19 in 2012, t-first), runs scored (64 in 2012, t-first), batting average (.451 in 2013, second), hits (78 in 2013, third), walks (31 in 2013, t-fifth), hit by pitch (7 in 2011, t-fourth), at bats (195 in 2012, t-ninth), games started (58 in 2011, t-16th), games played (58 in 2011, t-18th), triples (4 in 2012, t-18th).
2014 (Sr.): Earned fourth letter at Ball State … helped guide the Cardinals to their fifth Mid-American Conference regular season title in program history with a 33-19 (12-4 MAC) record … 10th overall pick in the 2014 National Pro Fastpitch Draft by the Akron Racers … NFCA All-America Second Team … NFCA All-Great Lakes Region First Team … All-MAC First Team … MAC Player of the Year … CollegeSportsMadness.com All-America Second Team … CollegeSportsMadness.com MAC Field Player of the Year and MAC All-Conference First Team … Senior CLASS Award Candidate … USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List … ESPNW Preseason All-America First Team … four-time MAC West Division Player of the Week (Feb. 24, March 3, April 15 and April 21) … two-time CollegeSportsMadness.com MAC Player of the Week (March 4 and April 15) …started all 52 games … led the MAC in runs scored (54), home runs (19), RBI (61), total bases (.138), on base percentage (.489) and slugging percentage (.890) … finished the season as one of only two NCAA Division I players ranked in the top 20 nationally in slugging percentage (.890 / fifth), home runs per game (0.37 / seventh), RBI per game (1.17 / 14th) and runs per game (1.04 / 18th) … her .387 batting average ranked third in the MAC and 115th nationally … helped account for a team-high 13 game-winning runs, including 10 RBI and six runs scored (three of which were on her own home runs and factored out) … six of her league-leading 19 home runs provided game-winning runs … strung together a career-long and Ball State season-best 17-game hitting streak (March 22 to April 20) and reached base safely in 19 consecutive games (Feb. 8 to March 12) during the year … led the squad with 21 multiple RBI games, while posting multiple hits in 15 games … provided the game-winning run in the season-opening victory over Texas State (Feb. 8) with a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning … went 3-for-4 versus SEMO (Feb. 23), including a RBI single in the bottom of the third which drove in the game’s eventual game-winning run … her two-run bomb in the top of the fifth versus Detroit (March 1) drove in the game-winning run … finished the contest 3-for-3 with two home runs, a double, four runs scored and three RBI… drove in a pair of insurance runs with a two-out, two-run single in the top of the seventh inning in Ball State’s 3-0 win at No. 3 Arizona State (March 2) … provided a three-run blast in the top of the fifth inning versus Radford (March 14) to drive home the game-winning run … became the NCAA career home run leader among Canadian-born players with her 66th career blast versus North Dakota State (March 22), a two-run shot in the top of the sixth which plated the game-winning run … posted her third career four-hit game by going 4-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI versus Toledo (April 5) … went 3-for-3, with two home runs, a double, three RBI and three runs scored at Purdue (April 9), with her solo home run in the seventh inning proving to be the game’s deciding run … scored the game-winning run in the second game of a doubleheader versus Akron (April 18), going 3-for-4 in the game with five RBI and three runs scored … her two-run blast in the bottom of the first inning brought home the game-winning run in a 15-2 (5 inn.) victory … drew 30 walks on the season, including five intentional base on balls … finished the year with a .986 fielding percentage with 66 putouts, four outfield assists and one error.
2013 (Jr.): Earned third letter at Ball State … helped guide the Cardinals to their fourth Mid-American Conference regular season title in program history with a 37-17 (18-3 MAC) record … became the first All-American in program history when she was named to the 2013 NFCA All-America Third Team … NFCA All-Great Lakes Region First Team … All-MAC First Team … MAC Player of the Year … … CollegeSportsMadness.com All-America Second Team … CollegeSportsMadness.com MAC Field Player of the Year and MAC All-Conference First Team ... CollegeSportsMadness.com National Field Player of the Week (April 15), four-time MAC West Division Player of the Week (Feb. 19, Feb. 26, April 1 and April 15) ... three-time CollegeSportsMadness.com MAC Softball Player of the Week (Feb. 18, April 1 and April 15) ... started all 54 games in left field … ranked 11th national with a Mid-American Conference single season record .451 batting average, which is the second-best effort in program history … drove in a MAC and Ball State single season record 70 RBI, to become the league’s all-time career RBI leader (at 185) as just a junior … ranked third nationally with a 1.30 RBI-per-game average … posted a BSU single season record 23 home runs, which is the second-best total in league history … ranked fifth nationally with a 0.43 home runs-per-game average, while her 23 home runs ranked sixth … ranked first in the league and 16th nationally with her school-record .534 on base percentage … ranked 19th nationally with a 1.04 runs-per-game average, with her 56 runs scored leading the league … her school-record .936 slugging percentage ranked fifth nationally … first on the team with 22 multiple hit games and 20 multiple RBI games … recorded her second career four-hit game with two home runs, a double and a single in a 4-for-5 effort in the first game of a doubleheader at Toledo (March 30), while also finishing the game with four RBI and three runs scored … went 2-for-3 in the second game of the doubleheader versus Toledo, posting two more home runs, three RBI, three runs scored and a walk … tied a career-high with six RBI in the 11-8, 8-inn. second game victory at Akron (April 12), going 3-for-4 at the plate with two home runs, two runs scored and a walk … her first home run of the game was a two-run blast in the seventh inning which tied the game and forced extra innings … her second home run of the game was an eighth inning grand slam which led the Cardinals to victory and also propelled her to the top of the MAC career RBI chart … also blasted a pair of home runs in the 11-2 win over Butler (April 9), finishing the game 2-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored … hit home runs in five of Ball State’s first six games, while starting the season with an eight game hitting streak … became the program’s career home run leader with a two-run blast over the right-center field wall in game two of a doubleheader at Florida International (March 5) … turned in her first 10-game hitting stream of the season beginning with the record-setting home run at FIU and ending in the first game at Bowling Green (March 29) … turned in her second 10-game hitting streak of the season beginning in the second game of a doubleheader at IPFW (April 3) and ending in the nightcap at Ohio (April 14) … reached base safely in the three games prior and three games after the second 10-game hitting streak for a season-best 16 game streak of reaching base safely ... recorded at least one hit in 45 games, at least one run scored in 37 games and at least one RBI in 32 games … tied a career-high with four runs scored in the season-opening 15-5 victory over IUPUI (Feb. 16) … posted a .976 fielding percentage in left field with 77 putouts, five assists and two errors.
2012 (So.): Earned second letter at Ball State ... helped guide the Cardinals to just their third Mid-American Conference regular season title in program history with a 40-15 (17-3 MAC) record ... MAC Player of the Year ... NFCA All-Great Lakes Region First Team ... All-MAC First Team ... 2012 CollegeSportsMadness.com MAC Field Player of the Year and MAC All-Conference First Team ... two-time MAC West Division Player of the Week (April 10 and April 17) ... two-time CollegeSportsMadness.com MAC Softball Player of the Week (April 10 and April 17) ... started all 55 games in left field ... posted a .338 batting average with 66 hits in 195 at bats ... 41 multiple base hits, including a Ball State single season record 19 doubles, a then-school record 18 home runs and four triples ... also posted a Ball State single season record for runs scored (64), and a then-program best for total bases (147) ... following the 2012 season, her 52 RBI were third-best single season total in BSU annals, while her 66 hits ranked sixth and her 195 at bats were ninth ... ranked fifth in the nation with a 1.15 runs-per-game average, while her 18 home runs were the 19th-best total among all NCAA Division I players ... logged 17 multiple hit games and 13 multiple RBI games ... tied a career-high with six RBI in the win over Belmont (Feb. 24), going 4-for-4 with two home runs and a double, while also scoring a career-best four runs ... her second home run of the game was her second career grand slam, while her first drove in the eventual game-winning run ... tallied four RBI in doubleheader openers versus Ohio (April 6) and Purdue (April 12), both wins for the Cardinals ... tallied three hits in six games, while recording three RBI in seven contests ... tied a career-high with four runs scored in the second game of a doubleheader at Miami, going 2-for-2 at the plate with a triple and home run, while drawing three walks ... reached base safely in 25 consecutive games from March 9 (at Stetson) to April 20 (vs. Eastern Michigan - Game 2), raising her batting average from .258 to .363 during the streak ... posted at least one hit in 41 games, at least one run in 43 games and at least one RBI in 24 games ... turned in a .975 fielding percentage in left field with 115 putouts and four outfield assists, while logging just three errors.
2011 (Fr.): Earned first letter at Ball State ... All-MAC Second Team ... MAC All-Freshman Team ... two-time MAC West Division Player of the Week (March 1 & May 10) ... started all 58 games, with 55 starts as the designated player and three starts in left field ... set the then-BSU single season record for RBI (63), while belting a then-school record 15 home runs ... hit .361 for the season with 70 hits in 194 at bats ... her 70 hits ranked fifth on BSU's single season charts following the 2011 season ... finished the season with 32 multi-base hits including 15 doubles and two triples ... scored 41 runs, which was the sixth-best single season mark in BSU annals at the time ... posted BSU's longest hitting streak of the season at 15 games from Feb. 20 (Austin Peay) through March 11 (Long Island) ... also reached base in the two games prior to the streak to reach base safely in a BSU season-best 17 games ... reached base safely in the final 15 games of the season ... smashed a pair of home runs in the second game of a doubleheader versus Western Michigan (May 6), while driving in a career-best six RBI and tying a season-high with three runs scored ... also scored three times in the second game versus Dayton (March 24) ... tallied five RBI versus Tennessee State (Feb. 26) and at Miami (April 9) ... four of her RBI versus the RedHawks came on her first career grand slam ... ranked first on the team with 27 multiple RBI games and second on the team with 22 multiple hit games ... posted three hits in five games, while adding four-or-more RBI in four games ... ... named to the Phyllis Rafter All-Tournament Team.
CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM EXPERIENCE
2013 CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM: Member of the 2013 Canadian Women’s Senior National Team … played in 29 games over four international competitions … posted a .338 batting average with 27 hits in her second season with the senior national team … tallied three doubles, three triples and three home runs over the course of the season … posted 25 RBI and scored 20 runs … helped lead Team Canada to a 9-3 record and the silver medal at the VII Women’s Pan American Championship (Aug. 10-18) in San Juan, Puerto Rico … hit .345 (10-for-29) during the silver medal run, with hits in eight of the 11 games she played … blasted a first inning home run in the 6-0 playoff victory over tournament host Puerto Rico (Aug. 17) … drove in four RBI in the team’s 8-1 victory over Guatemala (Aug. 14) … collected three RBI in the team’s final game of pool play versus Puerto Rico (Aug. 15) … turned in a .379 (11-for-29) batting average over nine games to help lead Team Canada to a fourth-place finish at the Canadian Open Fastpitch Women’s International Championship (July 16-21) in Surrey, British Columbia … tallied three hits in games versus the California A’s (July 16) and Venezuela (July 19) … belted the game-winning home run in the sixth inning of a1-0 playoff victory over the California A’s (July 21) to give Team Canada a berth in the bronze medal game … opened the international season by posting a .308 (4-for-13) batting average in the World Cup of Softball VII (July 11-14) in Oklahoma City, Okla … drove in what proved to be the game-winning run with a first inning RBI double versus Australia (July 13) to help Team Canada earn a berth in the bronze medal game … hit .222 (2-for-9) in the weather-shortened Francisco “Paco” Reyes Cup (Aug. 4-8) in San Juan, Puerto Rico … tallied a pair of hits against the United States (Aug. 6).
2012 CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM: Member of the 2012 Canadian Women’s Senior National Team … played in 19 games over three international competitions … posted a .192 batting average with 10 hits in her first season with the senior national team … scored 10 runs, drove in four RBI and collected three walks over the summer … helped guide Softball Canada to a 3-3 record and a third-place showing at the US World Cup of Softball VII (June 28-July 2) in Oklahoma City, Okla … belted her first home run at the top national level versus Brazil (July 1) … helped guide the team to a 4-4 record in the 2012 Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship (July 4-9) in Surrey, British Columbia … posted her first two-hit game as a member of the senior national team versus Australia (July 6) … helped guide team Canada to a fourth-place showing and a 7-3 record at the ISF XIII Women’s World Fastpitch Championships (July 13-22) in Whitehorse, Yukon … tallied her second two-hit game as a member of the senior national team versus Chinese Taipei and also recorded a sacrifice fly in the game … finished the tournament with a .263 batting average (5-for-19) with four runs scored and three RBI.
2011 CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM: Member of the 2011 Canadian Junior Women's National Team ... played in a pair of international competitions ... ... helped lead Team Canada to a fifth-place showing at the ISF IX Junior Women's World Championship in Cape Town, South Africa (Dec. 6-17) ... hit .411 at the event with 14 hits in 34 at bats ... recorded four multi-base hits with two doubles, a triple and a home run ... belted her second grand slam in international competition versus New Zealand ... turned in a 3-for-4 day at the plate versus South Africa with a double, triple and three runs scored ... helped guide Team Canada to the silver medal at the Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch Futures Gold (U19) International Championship in Surrey, British Columbia (July 11-17) ... posted a .474 batting average in the event, tallying 18 hits in 38 at bats ... scored 14 runs, while driving in 13 RBI ... had six multi-base hits, with two doubles, two triples and a pair of home runs ... blasted a grand slam in the championship game to give Team Canada a 5-0 lead, unfortunately, Canada eventually lost the game 8-7.
2010 CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM: Member of the 2010 Canadian Junior Women's National Team ... Helped guide Team Canada to a silver medal at the III Pan American Softball Championship in Bogota, Colombia (August 6-15) ... recorded hits in 10 of the 12 games, finishing the event with 17 hits ... collected seven triples in the tournament, including two in the playoff round.
2009 CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM: Selected to the 2009 Canadian Women's U16 National Team ... member of the squad which competed in the Easton Foundation Youth World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic (Aug. 10-16) ... recorded at least one hit in all eight games, with a pair of doubles ... recorded a team-best three hits, including a double, in Canada's 11-10, 11-inning loss to Puerto Rico in the first round of the event's playoff round ... finished the event with 12 hits.
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Jeremy Greenway at McKinney ... four-year letterwinner ... named to the DFW Dream Team in the Utility position for the most homeruns (11) during her senior year ... as a junior, earned All-Area, State Honorable Mention and Big Stick Award ... played for the Texas Glory Gold club team under the direction of Jason Foutch for three years as a pitcher/outfielder ... earned All-Academic honors all four years.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Richard and Jeri Gilbert ... born Feb. 3, 1992, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan ... graduated from Ball State with a 3.020 grade-point average and a degree in exercise science in the fall of 2014.