HAMPTON, Va. – Hampton University sophomore pitcher Jailynn Jackson has been named to the Puerto Rico National Team, which will compete in three separate tournaments over the course of the summer.
Jackson (Virginia Beach, Va.) is the reigning MEAC Pitcher of the Year, coming off a 2013 season that saw her lead the MEAC in wins, ERA, and strikeouts. Jackson, who was also named to the MEAC All-Tournament Team, set a school record with 255 strikeouts this past season, leading the Lady Pirates to their first MEAC title since 1996.
She won 26 games in 2013 and had a 2.64 ERA, and she also set single-season school records in innings pitched (252.0), appearances (47), and starts (39). Jackson is also tied for second in school history in most wins in a single season.
Jackson was also a First Team All-MEAC selection and a National FastPitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Second Team All-Region selection. She is the first Hampton pitcher to be named MEAC Pitcher of the Year since 2008.
After two seasons with Hampton, Jackson is fifth all-time in career wins (39) and strikeouts (375).
The Puerto Rico national team will compete in the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, Okla. on July 11-14, the Canadian Open in Surrey, British Columbia on July 16-22, and the Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico on August 8-17.
Tryouts were invite-only, and either one of the competitors’ parents or grandparents had to have been born in Puerto Rico to be considered for the team.