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   MUNCIE, Ind. - - Ball State softball senior left fielder Jennifer Gilbert (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) wrapped up her collegiate career by earning one more honor Wednesday afternoon, as she was named to the 2014 National Fastpitch Coaches Association NCAA Division I All-America Second Team.

   Gilbert, the first All-American in program history after being named to the third team last season, became just the fourth two-time All-America selection in Mid-American Conference history with this season’s honor. One of only nine MAC players to ever be named to either the first or second team, Gilbert is the conference’s only All-American since the 2001 season.

   “It’s very exciting to see Jenny once again recognized as one of the top competitors in softball,” Ball State head coach Tyra Perry said. “She exhibits the characteristics of an All-American in her daily life. I am proud of the example she has set for Ball State softball and for the Mid-American Conference.”

   The three-time reigning MAC Player of the Year, Gilbert finished her collegiate career as the league’s career record holder in runs batted in (246), runs scored (215), home runs (75) and doubles (62).  In 2014, she was the NCAA Division I active career leader in all four of those categories.

   Gilbert ranks eighth in NCAA Division I history with her 75 career home runs, and she became the NCAA career home run leader among Canadian-born players with her 66th career blast versus North Dakota State (March 22). In addition, her 246 career RBI are tied for ninth in NCAA Division I history, while her .810 career slugging percentage is 10th.

   Gilbert finished the 2014 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 / 20th). Her .387 batting average ranked third in the MAC and 116th nationally, while her .489 on base percentage led the conference and was 83rd nationally.

   Over the course of the 2014 season, Gilbert 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. She strung together a career-long and Ball State season-best 17-game hitting streak and reached base safely in 19 consecutive games during the year. Gilbert led the squad with 21 multiple RBI games, while posting multiple hits in 15 games.

   The 10th overall pick, and first outfielder selected, in the 2014 National Pro Fastpitch Draft by the Akron Racers, Gilbert singed a professional contract to play for the Racers last week (May 19). The 2014 NPF season kicks off May 29 with Gilbert and the Racers hosting the Chicago Bandits at Firestone Stadium in Akron, Ohio.  

   For the most up-to-date news on Ball State softball, follow the team on Twitter: @BallStateSB and @TyraPerry13/ Instagram: ballstatesb / Facebook: BallStateSoftball

 

2014 NFCA Division I All-American Teams

     

First Team

   

Pos.

Player

School

P

Lacey Waldrop

Florida State University

P

Cheridan Hawkins

University of Oregon

P

Jaclyn Traina

University of Alabama

C

Taylor Edwards

University of Nebraska

1B

Hallie Wilson

University of Arizona

2B

Alex Hugo

University of Georgia

3B

Courtney Ceo

University of Oregon

SS

Sierra Romero

University of Michigan

OF

Haylie McCleney

University of Alabama

OF

Branndi Melero

Auburn University

OF

Victoria Hayward

University of Washington

UT/P

Ally Carda

University of California, Los Angeles

DP or UT/Non-Pitcher

Stephany LaRosa

University of California, Los Angeles

At-Large/SS

Maddie O'Brien

Florida State University

At-Large/SS

Madison Shipman

University of Tennessee

At-Large/P

Whitney Canion

Baylor University

At-Large/3B

Shelby Pendley

University of Oklahoma

At-Large/2B

Kelsey Stewart

University of Florida

     

Second Team

   

Pos.

Player

School

P

Sara Moulton

University of Minnesota

P

Dallas Escobedo

Arizona State University

P

Christina Hamilton

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

C

Amber Freeman

Arizona State University

1B

Micaela Arizmendi

University of Notre Dame

2B

Hannah Flippen

University of Utah

3B

Kaitlyn Richardson

University of Minnesota

SS

Jill Barrett

University of Tulsa

OF

Janie Takeda

University of Oregon

OF

Jennifer Gilbert

Ball State University

OF

Karley Wester

University of Notre Dame

UT/P

Jailyn Ford

James Madison University

DP or UT/Non-Pitcher

Sahvanna Jaquish

Louisiana State University

At-Large/UT/P

Kirsten Verdun

DePaul University

At-Large/3B

Kasey Cooper

Auburn University

At-Large/C

Annie Aldrete

University of Tennessee

At-Large/P

Haylie Wagner

University of Michigan

At-Large/P

Chelsea Wilkinson

University of Georgia

     

Third Team

   

Pos.

Player

School

P

Hannah Campbell

University of South Alabama

P

Aimee Creger

University of Tulsa

P

Sara Nevins

University of South Florida

C

Lexie Elkins

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

1B

Hooch Fagaly

University of Washington

2B

Emily Carosone

Auburn University

3B

Missy Taukeiaho

California State University, Fullerton

SS

Kellie Fox

University of Arizona

OF

Emilee Koerner

University of Notre Dame

OF

Taylor Gadbois

University of Missouri

OF

Lindsey Stephens

University of Texas

UT/P

Tatum Edwards

University of Nebraska

DP or UT/Non-Pitcher

Kylee Lahners

University of Washington

At-Large/P

Hannah Rogers

University of Florida

At-Large/1B

Lauren Chamberlain

University of Oklahoma

At-Large/OF

Shellie Robinson

University of South Carolina Upstate

At-Large/OF

Cassie Tysarczyk

Texas A&M University

At-Large/UT/P

Meredith Owen

Stetson University

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