May 22, 2014
CoSIDA Press Release
TOWSON, Md. – UIC softball’s Jacki Fletcher capped off her career by being named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Thursday. Fletcher holds place as one of four infielders on the roster and was selected out of 93 Division I All-District finalists.
Fletcher’s accolade marks the 10th Academic All-America honor in UIC history, while her first team selection is just the third all-time following Coryn Schmit (2013) and Cameron Astiazaran (2005).
“All of us at UIC are extremely proud of Jacki,” head softball coach Michelle Venturella said. “She has been a leader for us both on and off the field and it is exciting for her to earn this recognition. Jacki is one of the most giving people that I have coached when it comes to her time and doing whatever the team needs. She was able to balance the demands of being a Division I athlete and work tremendously hard to maintain a 4.0 GPA.”
The Lowell, Ind., native was considered for Academic All-America status after being selected on May 1 to the Captial One Academic All-District 5 First Team, an honor she earned for the second-consecutive year. Fletcher upheld a perfect 4.0 GPA while at UIC and graduated with a degree in kinesiology from the honors college in early May.
Fletcher received a collection of accolades throughout her career due to her commitment to academics. She was a three-time UIC Female Student-Athlete of the Year, a Horizon League Honor Roll and All-Academic team member, the February 2014 Scholar-Athlete of the Month and a NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete. She additionally garnered the Department of Kinesiology Achievement Award and was a member of the Golden Key International Society.
On the field during her senior campaign, Fletcher was named to the All-Horizon League First Team and NFCA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team after having the best offensive season of her career. She consistently held one of the top three batting averages for UIC and concluded the season with a .362 average after going 50-for-138 at the plate with 28 RBI.
Fletcher hit above .400 through the Flames’ first 36 games and produced 14 multi-hit games, with at least one hit in 34 of 43 games played. She also tallied 12 extra-base hits with eight doubles, two triples and two home runs.
Captial One Academic All-America First Team
Anna Miller (P) - South Carolina Upstate
Ellen Renfroe (P) - Tennessee
Molly Fichtner (C) - Alabama
Jill Barrett (IF) - Tulsa
Jacki Fletcher (IF) - UIC
Kaila Hunt (IF) - Alabama
Madison Shipman (IF) - Tennessee
Haylie McCleney (OF) - Alabama
Andie Varsho (OF) - Purdue
Bailey Wigness (OF) - Arizona State
Terah Blackwell (DP) - Idaho State