Utah: Pursell is a very instinctual player ? experienced and composed player ? health will play a big part in Utah's success.
2002: Named Mountain West Conference Tournament MVP after leading Utah to the tournament championship ? struck out seven in seven innings during the championship game while allowing just one run ? named MWC Pitcher of the Week on Apr. 23 after going 2-0 the week before, including a one-hit shutout with no walks and four strikeouts against Cal State Northridge and an 11.0 inning victory over UNLV ? threw a two-hitter against New Mexico on Apr. 5 ? finished the season with an 18-18 record and a 2.93 ERA ? started 37 games and recorded 146 total strikeouts.
At Mississippi State: During her sophomore season, posted a 1.98 ERA with 107 strikeouts (team best) ? recorded a 16-13 record in 43 appearances, 31 starts ? threw 11 complete games and three shutouts ? as a freshman, played and started in 50 games ... tallied 35 starts inside the circle for the Bulldogs ... made 50 appearances at pitcher, recording a 26-16 record, four saves and a 1.99 ERA ... pitched 256.2 innings, striking out 143 and walking 44 ... hurled 25 complete games seven shutouts and one combined shutout ... was 2-1 with a 1.34 ERA in four games at NCAA Regional I in Seattle, Wash.
High School/Club: Prepped at Rancho Cucamunga High School for head coach Cam Heald ... played club softball for Flash D' Gold and coaches Pam Newton and Chenita Rogers ... hit .325 with four doubles, two triples and 15 RBI during senior season ... finished season with 11-2 record and 112 strikeouts while giving up no earned runs ... also hurled 10 shutouts, two no-hitters and two perfect games ... garnered first-team all-League honors following senior campaign, which included a 0.00 ERA ? also named to the C.I.F. first team as a utility player and was named to Daily Bulletin all-Valley team ... hit .479 during her sophomore year ... finished 10-4 in the circle with 0.52 ERA, 87 strikeouts, seven shutouts and one no-hitter ... Valle Vista League and team MVP ... captured first-team all-CIF honors and was named to the Daily Bulletin and San Gaberal Valley Tribune all-Valley teams.
Personal: Jennifer Marie Pursell is the daughter of Michael and Kelly Pursell ... major is sociology ... born April 2, 1981.