May 27, 2004
ATLANTA-Georgia Tech softball stand out Jessica Sallinger was named third team All-America Thursday by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Sallinger becomes the third Yellow Jacket to earn All-America honors, and the first pitcher in Tech history to receive such honors.
Sallinger had a remarkable season setting the Georgia Tech single-season records in wins (31), shutouts (15), ERA (0.82), no-hitters (3), consecutive scoreless innings pitched (39.2), and strikeouts (351). She also became the second ACC pitcher in league history to surpass 1,000-strikeouts, ending her junior year with a total of 1,025, just 29 shy of becoming the all-time strikeout leader in the ACC.
The Kennesaw native is currently ranked eighth in national rankings in strikeouts per game (10.3), ninth in wins and 16th in ERA. Her successful pitching career began early at Tech when she was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and earned all-region honors from the NFCA as a freshman. As a sophomore, Sallinger led the ACC in strikeouts (337), strikeouts per game (9.46), opponent batting average (.139) and complete games (32).
Sallinger holds the school record in career wins, strikeouts, ERA and complete games, and helped lead No. 23 Georgia Tech (47-19) to a third-place finish at the 2004 NCAA Softball Regional.