`Forty Flames to Follow' in 2013-14: Jacki Fletcher

Senior-to-be Jacki Fletcher
Senior-to-be Jacki Fletcher

June 18, 2013

CHICAGO – Two-time UIC Female Student-Athlete of the Year from the softball team, Jacki Fletcher is Tuesday’s featured student-athlete for ‘Forty Flames to Follow’. The summer series highlights returning student-athletes that excelled have on the field during the 2012-13 season.

“Jacki is a leader for us, not only on the field, but also in the classroom and the community” head softball coach Michelle Venturella said. “She is a member of the Honors College and works to excel in everything she does. We can always count on her to give 100 percent.”

Fletcher holds a perfect 4.0 grade point average as a kinesiology major and is also enrolled in UIC’s Honors College. In addition to being selected as UIC’s Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 2012 and 2013, she was awarded the UIC Chemistry Award in 2012 for excellence in general chemistry I and II. She also received the department of kinesiology and nutrition’s “Top Grade in KN 252”award for excellence in anatomy and physiology 2. Fletcher is a member of the Golden Key International Society, which recognizes the top 15 percent of the class.

Fletcher started and played all 48 games during the 2013 season. She compiled a .955 fielding percentage at second base. She had two homeruns during the season, both on April 6 against Detroit to lead the team to back-to-back victories over the Titans. Her second homer of the day was a grand slam that resulted in a 17-8 win over Detroit.  

As a result of her excellence on the field and in the classroom, Fletcher was selected as a Capital One first team Academic All-District 5 selection. She was also named to the Horizon League All-Academic team, along with her teammates, Kara Komp and Coryn Schmit.