Hall of Fame Series: Softball's Jackie Adelfio '06SEAS
Jackie Adelfio '06SEAS
No one has commanded the softball circle for Columbia like Jackie Adelfio. All she did was walk away with nearly every Lions’ career pitching record. She holds the marks for all-time victories (51), appearances (106), starts (92), complete games (82), shutouts (15), innings pitched (635.0), and strikeouts (497), while holding the second best all-time ERA (2.13).
After a decorated high school career at St. John Vianney in New Jersey, Adelfio made the short trek across the Hudson where she stepped right in as the Lions’ ace. Adelfio posted a sparkling 10-4 record, 6-1 in Ancient Eight action, to go with a s 1.64 ERA and 92 strikeouts on her way to earning Ivy League Pitcher of the Year honors.
During that dominating 2003 season, Adelfio threw complete extra-inning games on four occasions, including a thrilling 1-0 victory against Princeton where she tossed a six-hit, 13-strikeout shutout.
In 2004, the Old Bridge, New Jersey, native posted a career-high 148 strikeouts to lead the Ivy League and picked up 12 victories with a 1.61 ERA in 165 innings of work. Adelfio closed the season on a tear, allowing three or fewer runs in her final nine appearances, highlighted by a trio of one-hit shutouts against Harvard, Penn and Princeton.
Adelfio picked up right where she left off as a junior, opening the 2005 campaign with a one-hit win over Ohio in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She would go on to claim All-Ivy League second team accolades after notching 14 victories, a sub-3.00 ERA with six clean-sheets and 132 K’s.
To cap her brilliant career, Adelfio took the ball 30 times, registering 15 wins and 125 strikeouts and picked up All-Ivy League honors for the fourth time in as many seasons.
As impressive as she was on the diamond, Adelfio’s accomplishments in the classroom were nothing less than remarkable. Enrolled in the demanding Fu School of Engineering and Applied Science, she was forced to practice by herself in the mornings since her classes were in the afternoon when the full team conducted their preparations. For her hard work, she gained a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District I first team in 2006.