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Gilbert Becomes First All-American In Softball History

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: May 29, 2013
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   MUNCIE, Ind. - - Ball State softball junior left fielder Jennifer Gilbert became the first player in program history to earn all-America honors Wednesday, when she was named to the 2013 National Fastpitch Coaches Association NCAA Division I All-America Third Team.

   “I am very excited for Jenny, who becomes the first NFCA All-American in program history,” said Ball State head coach Craig Nicholson. “She put together a truly amazing season and is very deserving of the title All-American. A team-first player, Jenny is one of the hardest workers I have every coached and continuously strives to improve her game which is evident by her evolution over the past three seasons. I look for her to cap her career next season with an even more impressive senior campaign.”

   The two-time reigning Mid-American Conference Player of the Year, Gilbert becomes just the 13th different player in league history to earn NFCA All-America honors and the first since Kent State’s Marci Ridenbaugh was named to the third team in 2001.

   In all, MAC student-athletes have garnered a total of 17 NFCA All-America honors since 1988 which includes two first-team selections, nine second-team awards and six third team accolades.

   The MAC’s all-time career RBI leader as just a junior, Gilbert helped guide the Cardinals to a 37-17 overall record this season and the program’s fourth MAC regular season crown in the past five years with an 18-3 league mark.

   Just the second player in program history to earn NFCA All-Great Lakes Region First Team honors twice in a career, Gilbert finished the 2013 campaign ranked in the top 22 nationally in nearly every offensive category.

    Entering the 2013 Women’s College World Series, Gilbert's 1.30 RBI-per-game average ranks fourth among all NCAA Division I players, while her 70 total RBI are also fourth. Her .936 slugging percentage is fifth nationally, as is her 0.43 home runs-per-game average. Gilbert also ranks sixth in total home runs (23), 12th in batting average (.451), 17th in on base percentage (.534) and 19th in runs-per-game average (1.04).

   Gilbert's 70 RBI in 2013 were a Ball State and Mid-American Conference single season record and helped her become the league's career RBI leader at 185 as just a junior. Her 23 home runs were also a BSU single season record and helped her move into first in program history and second in MAC annals with 56 career home runs.

   In all 54 players from 32 different institutions were selected to one of three 2013 NFCA Division I All-American teams.


2013 NFCA Division I All-Americans



First Team

Pos.  Name  School
P Keilani Ricketts University of Oklahoma
P Blaire Luna University of Texas
P Hannah Rogers University of Florida
C Amber Freeman Arizona State University
1B Lauren Chamberlain University of Oklahoma
2B Lauren Gibson University of Tennessee
3B Raven Chavanne University of Tennessee
SS Madison Shipman University of Tennessee
OF Janie Takeda University of Oregon
OF Cassidy Bell Pennsylvania State University
OF Kayla Braud University of Alabama
UT/P Kaitlin Inglesby University of Washington
UT/Non-P or DP Alexa Peterson University of Oregon
At-Large/P Chelsea Thomas University of Missouri
At-Large/UT-P Lauren Haeger University of Florida
At-Large/3B Taylor Hoagland University of Texas
At-Large/P Rachele Fico Louisiana State University
At-Large/P Jessica Moore University of Oregon

 Second Team

Pos.  Name  School
P Olivia Galati Hofstra University
P Dallas Escobedo Arizona State University
P Jolene Henderson University of California, Berkeley
C Megan Baltzell Longwood University
1B Alicja Wolny University of Louisville
2B Katie Keller University of Louisville
3B Shelby Pendley University of Oklahoma
SS Cheyenne Coyle Arizona State University
OF Haylie McCleney University of Alabama
OF B.B. Bates University of California, Los Angeles
OF Brianna Turang University of Oklahoma
UT/P Tatum Edwards University of Nebraska
UT/Non-P or DP Cali Lanphear Texas A&M University
At-Large/SS Sierra Romero University of Michigan
At-Large/2B Kaila Hunt University of Alabama
At-Large/OF Emilee Koerner University of Notre Dame
At-Large/OF Brianna Cherry University of Louisiana at Lafayette
At-Large/P Hannah Campbell University of South Alabama

Third Team

Pos.  Name  School
P Kaia Parnaby University of Hawaii
P Aimee Creger University of Tulsa
P Lacey Waldrop Florida State University
C Sarah Draheim University of Louisiana at Lafayette
1B Geri Ann Glasco University of Georgia
2B Kaylan Howard University of Oregon
3B Kaitlyn Richardson University of Minnesota
SS Taylor Thom University of Texas
OF Tomeka Watson Elon University
OF Maggie Hull University of Kansas
OF A.J. Andrews Louisiana State University
UT/P Jackie Traina University of Alabama
UT/Non-P or DP Brooke Short Longwood University
At-Large/P Sara Nevins University of South Florida
At-Large/OF Jennifer Gilbert Ball State University
At-Large/C Stephanie Pasquale Temple University
At-Large/2B Ashley Lane University of Michigan
At-Large/UT-P Mel Dumezich Texas A&M University


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