East Carolina junior outfielder Jill Jelnick was named to the Preseason All-Conference USA Softball Team for the second straight season, the league announced Wednesday.
Jelnick, primarily the team’s leadoff hitter, hit .315 with a team-high 51 hits last season. She placed second on the team in walks (18) and on-base percentage (.390), third in runs (25), fourth in stolen bases (10) and fifth in RBI (18).
The Aliso Viejo, Calif. native also led the squad in multiple-hit games with 14 and was tied for second on the team with six multiple-RBI performances.
Jelnick was also selected to the 2012 Preseason All-Conference USA Softball Team after earning Second Team All-Conference USA honors and Conference USA All-Freshman Team distinction as a true freshman during the 2011 season.
She is one of only five players to repeat from last year’s preseason selections along Samantha Cobb – Tulsa, Jill Barrett – Tulsa, Holly Anderson – Houston and Caitlin Everett – Tulsa.
As a team, ECU was picked to finish sixth in C-USA, trailing Tulsa, Houston, UCF, UAB and Marshall. The top five in the preseason poll finished in the top five of the 2012 regular season standings with four of those teams earning selection to the NCAA tournament.
It was the third consecutive season that the league placed multiple teams in the field and the fourth time in conference history that at least four teams earned NCAA bids. C-USA has averaged nearly three bids per season since it began sponsoring softball in 2000.