Nation's leading strikeout pitcher quiets Illini offense
Orange and Blue ranked 23rd in the nation in team GPA
Remeny Perez hit a two-run blast in game one
Purdue defeated Illinois, 11-0, in five innings
Illinois topped the Huskers 11-4, then fell 9-4
2014 - Freshman: Appeared in 31 games as a freshman, playing 28 games in the batting lineup and making 15 appearances in the circle ... Batted .203 as a pitcher/designated player, tallying 13 hits, four doubles, four walks, seven runs and four RBI in 64 at bats, going 1-for-1 on the basepaths ... Went 1-1 with a 4.65 ERA and a .283 opposing batting average as the Illini's primary reliever, making one start ... Allowed 49 hits and 17 walks with 28 strikeouts in 43.2 innings pitched ... Saw significant action in Big Ten play, ranking second in the conference in relief appearances and games finished, third in hits and doubles allowed, fourth in walks, seventh in earned runs and eighth in runs allowed, while ranking seventh in relief appearances and ninth in games finished over all games ... Walked and singled in her first career appearance against UIC ... Pitched a perfect 1-2-3 sixth inning with a strikeout to close out the Illini's 12-2 victory over Loyola ... Drew a bases-loaded walk against Wright State to drive in the eighth run in the bottom of the fifth and end the game with a run-rule Illini victory ... Was nearly flawless in relief against Binghamton, tossing two hitless innings and striking out four of the seven batters she faced. Allowed just one base runner on a hit by pitch ... Tied the school record with two doubles against UMKC, adding a run and an RBI ... Went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, a stolen base and two runs scored against Creighton ... Tossed four nearly-flawless innings against UT Arlington, picking up her first career victory by allowing just one unearned run on one hit with three strikeouts ... Went 2-for-4 with an RBI at the plate against FAU ... Tossed 1.1 scoreless innings to close out the DH vs. No. 16 Missouri ... Hurled a total of 10.2 innings of relief over the first two games against No. 15 Minnesota, coming in in the first inning finishing out both games ... Pitched five innings of relief against No. 20 Nebraska, and went 1-for-1 with a run at the plate ... Walked and hit an RBI double while pitching 4.2 innings of relief in the second Wisconsin game ... Pitched two innings of hitless, scoreless relief in game one against Purdue ... Tossed four perfect innings of relief in game one against No. 25 Northwestern, retiring all 12 batters she faced.
High School: 2012 MaxPreps All-American ... 2013 MaxPreps Preseason All-American ... Three-time first-team all-league 2011-13 ... League Most Valuable Pitcher 2012, 2013 ... First-Team All-CIF 2013 ... First-team all-county 2012, 2013 ... First-team all-state 2012 ... Orange Lutheran High School Female Athlete of the Year 2013 ... County Top 10 Freshmen 2010 ... Led the Orange Lutheran Lancers to back-to-back league championships, going undefeated in 2011, while advancing to the CIF Quarterfinals in 2011, 2012 and 2013 ... Played travel ball for the Explosion on Brett Denio ... 12U ASA National Champions in 2008 ... 14U ASA Nationals Finalist 2010 ... 16U Premier Top 10, 2010, 2011 ... 18U ASA Gold Nationals Top 10, 2011.
Personal: Born Jade Priscilla Vecvanags ... Daughter of Joei and Peter Vecvanags ... Has a younger sister, Johnna ... National Honor Society ... Three-time High Honor Roll ... Majoring in Speech & Hearing Science.
Getting to Know Jade:
Career Plans: Work with children.
Fun Fact: I did gymnastics when I was younger.
Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump
Movie you've seen in theatre that you've regretted seeing the most: Prom Night
What are you most proud of and why? Receiving a scholarship to play softball in college.
If you were to win $10 million, what would you buy? Shoes, shoes, shoes, and more shoes.
Book you've read in the past year: Looking for Alaska
Favorite Quote: "Good things come to those who go out and work for them."
Favorite Athlete: Mike Trout
Favorite TV Show: Anything on the Food Network
Favorite Musical Artist: Drake
If I could visit any place in the world, where would you choose and why? Latvia, because that is where my grandpa is from.