Jackson Named CIAA Softball Pitcher of the Year

CHARLOTTE, NC (May 2, 2023) – After a dominant pitching performance this regular season, Claflin senior Jaelyn Jackson was recognized as the 2023 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Pitcher of the Year, Tuesday. She was honored as the top pitcher in the conference after dominating nearly every statistical category this season.

Jackson led the way in the pitching statistics all season long. She finished the regular season with the lowest earned run average (ERA) in the conference (2.67) and she also finished the season with an 18-5 overall record and a 14-2 record in CIAA play, the best in the CIAA. She led the conference with 165 strikeouts this season.

The honor marked the first time that Jackson was named the CIAA Pitcher of the Year, it was far from her first conference honor. This season, she was also a first team All-CIAA selection as a utility player and last season, she was a first team All-CIAA selection as a designated player.

With the honors in hand, Jackson and the Lady Panthers will begin their quest for the 2023 CIAA Softball Championship with a quarterfinal game against the Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls, Tuesday afternoon. For more information on Lady Panthers softball, contact the Claflin University Office of Athletics Media Relations at (803) 535-5548 or log on to www.athletics.claflin.edu.