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#12 Jailyn Ford
Position: Pitcher/First Base
Bats: R
Throws: L
Height: 5'10"
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Hot Springs, Va.
High School: Bath County
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2013 as a freshman:

  • Represented USA as part of the Jr. National Team as the ISF Junior World Championships, earning a silver medal
  • CAA Rookie of the Year and two-time First Team All-CAA (P and 1B)
  • CAA All-Rookie Team
  • CAA All-Tournament Team
  • NFCA First Team All-Region
  • ECAC Division I All-Star
  • VaSID Rookie and Pitcher of the Year and First Team All-State
  • Three-time CAA Pitcher of the Week and four-time CAA Rookie of the Week
  • Started all 59 games for the Dukes either at pitcher of first base
  • Hit .373 with 11 doubles, one triple and 15 home runs
  • Added 38 runs, 49 RBIs, 15 walks, one sacrifice fly and nine steals
  • In the circle went 24-6 with a 1.61 ERA
  • Threw 23 complete games, nine shutouts, one save and struck out 209 in 191 innings pitched
  • Set school record for wins (24), strikeouts (209), games started (31), innings pitched (191.0), complete games (23) and shutouts (nine)
  • Set JMU rookie records for home runs (15), RBIs (49), total bases (121), slugging percentage (.716) and on-base percentage (.434)
  • Ranked 16th in the country in hits allowed per seven innings (4.47), 17th in shutouts (nine), 23rd in ERA (1.61), 31st in wins (24), 53rd in strikeouts per seven innings (7.7), 56th in strikeouts (209), 59th in slugging (0.716), 69th in home runs (0.25/game) and 124th in RBIs (0.83/game)

High School:

  • MaxPreps.com Small School First Team All-American Pitcher
  • 2012 Single A State Pitcher of the Year
  • Four-time Pioneer District Player of the Year
  • Four-time First Team All-State
  • Four-time All-Region C and two-time Region C Pitcher of the Year
  • Two-time All-Timesland Pitcher of the Year and four-time First Team All-Timesland
  • Roanoke Times Pitcher of the Year
  • Four-time Virginian Review Player of the Year
  • Fourth all-time in VHSL records with 1,065 career strikeouts
  • Helped lead Bath County to back-to-back Virginia Division I State championships (first state championships in a female sport in school history)
  • 2012 VHSL East-West All-Star game MVP
  • Offensively added a career batting average of .568 with 21 home runs and 120 RBIs


  • Daughter of Jeff and Christie Ford
  • Also was a First Team All-Pioneer District basketball player
  • Played her club ball for the Williamsburg Starz under coach Tom Bunn
  • Enjoys fishing and basketball

Career Stats

2013.... .373 59-59 169 38 63 11 1 15 49 121 .716 15 4 39 0 .434 1 0 9-14 285 48 8 .977
TOTAL... .373 59-59 169 38 63 11 1 15 49 121 .716 15 4 39 0 .434 1 0 9-14 285 48 8 .977

 What do you love most about JMU?

Nachos at Dukes

What is your major/minor?

Sports and Recreation Management Major, Business Minor

What is your favorite place to eat on campus?


Most people don’t know that I … ?

Have thirteen other close family members with a name that starts with J

What will be your “walk out” song/songs for 2014?

1.       Gimme Three Steps – Lynyrd Skynyrd

2.       She’s Country – Jason Aldean

What is your favorite …
The Lion King
TV Show:
Parks and Rec

Jon Lester

What is one personal goal you have for the 2014 season?

Undefeated in the conference

What are your favorite hobbies away from softball?

Fishing, kayaking, anything outdoors

What is your favorite memory of JMU softball?

Playing paintball every fall

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Whatever you do, leave this world better than you found it

What is the one thing everyone at JMU should do before graduating?

Snowball fight on the quad

What is your ideal vacation?


If not softball, what other sport would you want to play at JMU?


If you could have dinner with any three people in the world, who would they be?

Jennifer Lawrence, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly