Georgia Tech softball's hall of fame pitcher Jessica Sallinger-Cole molding a new generation of athletes with her T.E.A.M. Academy
All-American pitcher set the standard for Georgia Tech pitchers, gave Georgia Tech softball credibility
As a Senior (2005): Broke the ACC career records in strikeouts (1,398) and wins (109) ... Ended her career fourth all-time in the NCAA in K's, 10th in K's per game (9.7) and tied for 18th in wins (Jennie Finch, Arizona) ... Tabbed ACC Pitcher of the Year and ACC Tournament MVP after not allowing a run in the tournament and posting a perfect 3-0 record ... Selected to the NFCA All-America third team after finishing 15th in the nation in wins (28), 18th in strikeouts per game (9.9) and 27th in earned run average (1.19) ... Bettered her school records in strikeouts (373) and shutouts (16) ... Garnered All-ACC first team honors for the third consecutive season ... Only allowed eight earned runs in 42 innings pitched in the post-season for the Jackets ... Tossed two no-hitters on the season versus then-No. 24 Florida State (3/26) and Chattanooga (2/5) ... Selected as the NFCA National Player of the Week (3/21-27) after going 3-0, with a 0.00 ERA and fanning 27 in the week ... Led the ACC in wins, shutouts, strikeouts and finished second in ERA ... Struck out 10 or more in 22 of 41 games started ... Fanned a season-high 14 versus Florida Atlantic (2/12) and Kent State (3/18).
As a Junior (2004): Named NFCA All-America third team after finishing the season with a record of 31-10 ... Earned All-Southeast first team honors ... Tabbed All-ACC for the second straight season ... Finished eighth in the nation in in stikeouts per game (10.23), ninth in wins and 16th in earned run average (0.82) ... Set Tech single-season records in wins, ERA, strikeouts (351), shutouts (15), no-hitters (3) and consecutive scoreless innings pitched (39.2) ... Went 2-2 in the NCAA Athens Regional, leading the tournament with 32 strikeouts en route to being named to the NCAA Region 8 All-Tournament team ... Pitched Tech to its second title game appearance in three years, going 3-1 in the ACC Tournament, with one shutout and 30 strikeouts in 26 innings of work ... Selected to the ACC All-Tournament team ... Became just the second pitcher in ACC history to surpass a 1,000 strikeouts, ending her junior season with 1,025 (13 shy of breaking the league record) ... Finished in the top-three in the league in wins, shutouts, strikeouts, ERA and games started (40) ... Tossed no-hitters against then-No. 13 Alabama (4/13), Georgia State (2/21) and Louisiana-Monroe (2/7) and combined for another with Sarah Wood versus Indiana (3/7), throwing five innings ... Struck out 10 or more on 21 occasions this season ... Had a stretch of 48.1 innings where she did not allow a single earned run (3/6-4/17) ... Held opponents to two or less earned runs in 33 games started ... Fanned a season-high 15 against the Lady Panters (4/7) ... Named ACC Player of the Week on April 19, going 3-0, while striking out 32 in 21.0 innings of work, allowing no earned runs ... Named team's most valuable player and pitcher.
As a Sophomore (2003): Led the ACC in strikeouts (337), strikeouts per game (9.46), opponent batting average (.139) and complete games (32) ... Finished second in the conference with nine complete game shutouts and 41 appearances ... Tallied 22 wins on the season, third in the ACC ... Earned All-ACC honors ... Ended the season with a 22-17 overall mark ... Posted a team best 1.26 ERA, finishing 36th in the NCAA ... Ranked 11th in the nation in strikeouts per game ... Went 1-2 at the NCAA Regional, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., with an 1.92 ERA ... Fired a nine-inning no-hitter against perennial power Stanford in the elimination bracket of the regional, striking out three Cardinal hitters in the 1-0 win ... Threw 22 innings at the regional, striking out 17, walking nine and surrendered six earned runs en route to being named to the NCAA Regional all-tournament team ... Her 22 wins are the second most by a Tech pitcher in any single season, bettered only by her 28 wins in 2002 ... Tied her single-season records in complete games and strikeouts ... Broke her own school record with 19 consecutive scoreless innings pitched from Feb. 25-March 2, covering a four-game span ... Struck out a school record 17 (9.0 innings) against Oakland on Feb. 23 and Maryland (9.0 innings) on March 22 ... Had 14 games with 10 or more strikeouts ... Tallied eight one-hitters on the season, highlighted by a one-hit, 1-0 loss to NCAA runner-up California (8.0 innings), striking out seven on March 8 ... Fanned 15 batters in 7.2 innings on March 23 against Troy State ... Threw a four-hit, complete game to down the 17th ranked Alabama Crimson Tide 2-1 on April 26 ... Struck out 15 Princeton batters in a one-hitter on March 16.
As a Freshman (2002): One of the nation's most dominant pitchers ... Named the ACC Rookie of the Year and earned all-region honors from the NFCA ... Established Tech single-season records with 28 victories, 337 strikeouts, 32 complete games and 257.0 innings pitched ... Led the team and ranked second in the ACC with a 1.17 ERA ... Named MVP of the ACC Championship, as she recorded all three of Tech's victories in the tournament ... She allowed just one earned run, while striking out a league record 29 batters, in 23 innings at the event ... At the tournament, she also posted a 17-inning scoreless inning streak ... Also named to the all-tournament team for the NCAA Regional, where she earned three wins and recorded 50 strikeouts in 35.2 innings pitched ... Ended the season ranked 12th nationally in both strikeouts per seven innings (9.2) and victories ... Also finished 44th nationally in ERA ... Ranked among the ACC's top three in all 10 pitching categories ... Led the conference in strikeouts and opponent batting average ... Notched 14 double-digit strikeout games, including a school-record 15 against Chattanooga at the NCAA Regional on May 18 ... Also fanned 14 at Jacksonville State on April 20 ... Struck out 13 on five occasions, highlighted by a nine-inning win over Maryland in the ACC tourney and a 10-inning victory over Alabama at the NCAA Regional ... Struck out 12 and allowed just four hits in a win over then-No. 17 Iowa on March 8 ... Allowed just one run and five hits in a win over No. 25 Georgia on April 28 ... Tossed a five-inning no-hitter in her collegiate debut against Gardner-Webb on Feb. 10 ... Also no-hit Georgia Southern six days later ... Had 32 complete games in 36 starts, while tossing 12 shutouts ... Went 3-1 with a 2.04 ERA in conference play ... Went 3-for-16 at the plate with one double.
High School: Georgia Pitcher of the Year in 2001 ... Led Harrison to state title as a senior ... Named a Georgia All-Star in 2000-01 ... Three-time first-team all-state selection (1999-2001) ... Posted a 0.00 earned run average as a senior ... Tossed a one-hitter in the North-South All-Star game ... Also lettered in basketball for two years ... Graduated with honors.
Personal: Jessica Carmen Sallinger ... Daughter of Bob and Sherri Sallinger ... Born Aug. 2, 1983 ... Father played for the New York Mets ... Majoring in management.
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