Hello all! My name is Jenna Lilley, I am from North Canton, Ohio, and I am a freshman at the University of Oregon. I play third base and wear jersey #00. I am so excited to wear the red, white, and blue this summer. It is truly such an honor to represent the country in the sport I love.

I always laugh when I tell people this, but I have been around the game since I started walking. I am the youngest of four children, and all of my siblings played the game. My two sisters played at Purdue and Northwestern respectively, and my brother Brett played baseball at Notre Dame and in the Cardinals minor leagues. Every since I was a kid, I spent my weekends traveling around to different places watching them play.
My parents instilled the value of hard work in my siblings and me on the field and in the classroom. They definitely pushed us as student-athletes.
 
Jenna (far right) pictured with
sisters Megan (center) and Tricia (left). 

In my early travel ball days, I played for the Ohio Slammers (’05-’09), which was where I learned the basics and fundamentals of the game. Some of my dearest and best friends to this day are from that team. Growing up, I guess I could say I liked softball, but I wasn’t crazy about it. I played because it was a “family thing” and I enjoyed making friends with my teammates. But something changed in the summer going into my eighth grade year, and it would change my life forever. In that summer (2009), I started going to more pro games, and I fell in love with the way my favorite player (ever) played the game. Her name is Jackie Pasquerella, and she played third base in the pro league. I remember the first time I watched Jackie play, and from that moment on, she had inspired me. I was very fortunate to get the opportunity to get to know Jackie on and off the field, and we still keep in contact today. By watching her and others like Vicky Galindo play, I truly fell in love with the game. From that point, I was never “forced” to go to practice, I wanted to practice, and I began to work harder than ever.

I began setting goals and writing down my dreams, which included “Play softball in the PAC-10 and for the USA National Team.” Life threw me a few curve balls in eighth grade and my freshman year of high school, but to be honest, that only made me love softball even more.  I began investing all of myself in the game, leaving nothing behind. The summer of my freshman year, I began to get recruited by Oregon, and from the instant I saw (now USA Coach) Coach Lisa Dodd at my game, I knew I wanted to be a Duck. Things went well, and a few months later, I had committed to the school of my dreams. 

Fast forward a few years and before I knew it, I found myself on campus as an Oregon Duck, getting ready for summer school. Six months later, after months of hard work in the off season, I found myself at opening weekend at the Kajikawa Classic in Arizona. So there I was. Everything good and bad that happened in my life happened for a reason because I am now living my life long dream!

My dream is to keep playing softball until I am 36 (or when my arm falls off ), and once my playing days are over, I hope to become a college coach.

Go Ducks and Go USA!
Jenna #00