Softball


Jenna Hall
Jenna Hall
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Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Channahon, Ill.

High School:
Minooka High School

Height:
5-8

Position:
1B

Birthdate:
05/31/1984

Bats/Throws:
L/R

• Graduated as Illini career leader in on-base (.486) and slugging percentage (.582).
• Ranks sixth all-time in career intentional walks (26), while ranking ninth in single-season intentional walks (14) and 15th in career total walks (147) in NCAA Division I history.• Started every game for four seasons

2006 Highlights:
• First Team All-American, the first for Illinois
• Signed with the Philadelphia Force after college
• Named Team MVP and claimed team Slugger of the Year Award
• Named one of the 25 finalists for USA Softball Player of the Year.
• Led the nation in walks (60), while ranking second in batting (.481) and fourth in slugging percentage (.847).
• One of the top power hitters in the country, has been walked 35 times since March 31.
• Hall had a significant lead in the Big Ten in both batting average (.488) and slugging percentage (.878), out-distancing her competitors by over 50 points in average and by over 130 points in slugging percentage.
• Hall also leds the Big Ten in on-base percentage (.651),walks (60) while ranking second in total bases (111) and third in hits (63)
• Hall was 4-for-6 with a walk and a double in wins over Utah State and Utah.
• Moved past Lindsey Hamma in career batting average (.357).
• With three RBI vs. No. 12 Oregon State, passed Erin Montgomery for Illinois' career RBI record (142).
• Became Illinois' new career leader in home runs with a two homer game against Tennessee-Chattanooga.
• Named Big Ten Player of the Week for March 12th-18th.
• Hit four home runs, while posting a .526 batting average in the prestigious USF/Adidas Tournament.
• Was walked eleven times against Wisconsin and Iowa, including seven intentional passes by the Hawkeyes.
• With a home run off of Michigan's Jennie Ritter, broke Illinois' single-season home run record (13) passing Erin Montgomery's season record set in 2003. • Has]d an incredible .732 on-base percentage in Big Ten play, with 13 hits in 32 at-bats, 36 walks and three hit batsmen.

2005 Highlights:
• Hit two game winning three-run home runs in the same day (Feb. 13) in victories over Louisville and Wichita State at the UNLV Desert Classic. • Has three of the top four single-season slugging percentages in school history -- .604 in 2005 .485 in 2003 and .464 in 2004. • Was 3-for-4 with a three-run single with two outs in the seventh in a 5-3 win over No. 20 Northwestern on March 26. • Was 5-for-7 with a double, a home run, and six RBI vs. Ohio State. • Set Illinois' single-season records for RBI (43) and walks (36) despite the Illini playing just 43 games. • Hit two home runs in series with Iowa including a grand slam in a 8-7 victory on May 8. • Had 17 walks in Big Ten play, including seven in a doubleheader sweep of Minnesota. • Won team's Slugger Award

2004 Highlights:
• Named First Team All-Big Ten • Hit .454 (5-for-11) in the Big Ten Tournament. • Won Illinois' Slugger Award in both of her seasons as an Illini. • Put together an eight-game hitting streak through the middle of the Big Ten season that included home runs at Purdue and Indiana. • Team leader in RBI (31), and a co-leader in home runs (5) and doubles (11). • Has the highest fielding percentage in Illinois history (.993), and holds two of the six best single-season fielding percentages (.997 in 2003, .988 in 2004). • Team leader in multiple RBI games (7). • Has started every game the past two seasons. • Blasted two home runs in sweeps of Indiana and Purdue. • Batted .385 (5-for-13) at Stanford Classic. • Batted .467 with seven hits and five RBI at Texas A&M Aggie Classic.

2003 Highlights:
• Named First Team All Big Ten • Started all 57 games and made just one error in 397 chances at first base • Known for throwing out many a runner trying to advance to second on a sacrifice attempt. • Co-winner of the team's Slugger of the Year Award (with Erin Montgomery)• Saw her average rise from .245 on March 18 to .321 • In the week ending April 13, Hall batted .471 (8 of 17) with a double a home run and 9 RBI. She had at least one RBI in each game that week, all Illinois wins • For the year, had 12 doubles, five home runs and 26 RBI and batted .408 in Big Ten play • Ranked second on the team in home runs (5) and third in RBI (26) • Ranked fourth in the Big Ten in walks during conference season.

High School:
• Named All-Suburban Prairie Conference four times • Pitched and played third base in her first three years and moved to first base as a senior • Earned Suburban Prairie Conference MVP as a junior • Two-time all-area selection and earned all-state recognition as a junior • Placed second in the state hitting derby in 2001 • Batted .427 for her career, including a .520 clip as a junior • Totaled 38 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs and 83 RBI for her career for a slugging percentage of .651• Totaled 10 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 29 RBI as a junior. • Minooka won Suburban Prairie Red Conference title in 1999 and 2001 • Coached by Monica Johnson and Cindy Thomas at Minooka • Played club ball for the Orland A's (coached by John Buchannon).

Personal:
Born May 31, 1984 • Daughter of Keith and Terri Hall • Nominated to be a D.A.R.E role model • Majoring in history education with plans to teach and coach softball • Member of Student Council.

Getting to know Jenna...


Nickname: Haller
Career Plans: I plan to join Teach for America and then go on to coach college softball.
Favorite TV Show: Nip/Tuck
Favorite Musical Group: Fleetwood Mac
Favorite Athlete: Former Illinois pitcher, Kelly Lesemann
The best part of being a college athlete?: The chills I get everytime I step up to my at bat song on our homefield.
I'd like to switch places for a day with...: Laura Zobrist so I can be fast and slap the ball.
Opposing school you most look forward to competing against?: Michigan because I love playing the best teams.
What could you not go for a month without?: Instant Messenger
Favorite thing to pack for on a road trip: my iPod
Favorite U of I athletic team other than your own: Men's Basketball
Our team will be fun to watch this year because...: The enthusiasm and excitement we are known for will be evident.
What single thing will you miss most about IIlinois when you leave?: All the friends I made over the years and not being able to see them everyday.
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