Jen competed for the Ball State Cardinals from 2011-2014. A two-time All-American left fielder, she helped guide the Cardinals to three MAC Regular Season Championships (2012, 2013 & 2014) over her playing career. The only All-American in program history, Jen became just the fourth two-time All-America selection in MAC history when she was named to the NFCA All-America Second Team in 2014 after earning third team status one year earlier. The only three-time MAC Player of the Year (2012, 2013 & 2014), Jen finished her career as one of only 11 players in NCAA Division I history to earn her respective conference player of the year award three times.
Jen finished her collegiate career as the Mid American Conference record holder in runs batted in (246), runs scored (215), home runs (75), doubles (62) and slugging percentage (.810). Her 75 home runs ranked eighth in NCAA Division I history at the conclusion of her career, and she became the NCAA career home run leader among Canadian-born players with her 66th blast versus North Dakota State (March 22, 2014). In addition, she ended her playing career tied for ninth in NCAA Division I history with 246 RBI, while her .810 slugging percentage was 10th.
Following her Ball State playing days, Gilbert signed with the Akron Racers after being selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2014 NPF Draft. The first outfielder chosen in the draft, she played a partial season for the Racers in 2014 before finishing the summer with the Canadian National Team, with which she has been associated since 2009.
• 10th Overall Pick in the 2014 National Pro Fastpitch Draft by the Akron Racers.
• 2014 NFCA All-America Second Team.
• 2013 NFCA All-America Third Team (First All-American in program history).
• 2012, 2013 & 2014 NFCA All-Great Lakes Region First Team.
• 2014 Senior CLASS Award Candidate.
• 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List.
• 2014 ESPNW Preseason All-America First Team.
• 2012, 2013 & 2014 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year.
• 2012, 2013 & 2014 First Team All-MAC.
RANKED 8th NCAA DIVISION I HISTORY
75 career home runs
RANKED 1st NCAA DIVISION I HISTORY
Career home run leader among Canadian-born players
RANKED 9th (tie) NCAA DIVISION I HISTORY
246 career RBI
RANKED 10th NCAA DIVISION I HISTORY
.810 career slugging %
2018 WBSC World Championships
2019 Lima Pan-American Games
2019 Americas Olympic Qualifier
2014 ISF Women’s World Championships
2013 VII Women’s Pan American Championship
2012 World Cup of Softball VII
2012 ISF XIII Women’s World Championships
2011 ISF IX Junior Women’s World Championship
2010 III Pan American Softball Championship
Graduated from McKinney High School in 2010. 3-time Varsity Letter winner for the Lionettes. Attended Denton Guyer High School freshman year, Varsity Letter winner.
Daughter of Richard and Jeri Gilbert, Jen was born Feb. 3, 1992, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. She graduated from Ball State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Management in the Fall of 2014. She attained Master’s Degree in Athletic Coaching from Ball State in 2017.
Jen currently resides in Denton, Texas. She has two dogs, Harlee and Skylar. When not in season, she enjoys traveling, working out, painting or DIY projects, and good food.