Cal Softball BIO
Jolene Henderson
Player Profile:
Jolene Henderson 1251654
Position: Pitcher/Infield
Height: 5'8"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Elk Grove, Calif.
High School: Sheldon HS
Experience: 3 Letters

Cal Sports Report on Jolene
Henderson Captures Fifth Weekly Picther Award (May 10, 2011) Meet the Softball Freshman Class Q&A - Jolene Henderson (Dec. 4, 2009)

2012 Quick Hits:

  • Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, finalist for national player of the year, five-time Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week
  • Can also hit, batting .284 and slugging .403

Berkeley Regional (2012):

  • Posted a 0.71 ERA in 29.2 innings of work, going 4-0 with three shutouts

2011 Quick Hits:

  • Named an Easton First-Team All-American and the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year
  • Placed on the NCFA All-Pacific Region First Team and the All-Pac-10 First Team
  • Had a 1.88 ERA in the postseason, posting a 6-3 record
  • Became the all-time single-season wins leader; ended the season with 40
  • Pitched 18 shutouts, two one-hitters, two no-hitters and one perfect game
  • Struck out 333 batters and limited them to a .189 batting average
  • Awarded the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award five times

Women's College World Series (2011):

  • Pitched all 19 innings, going 1-2 in the circle and fanning 20 batters

Lexington Super Regional (2011):

  • Went 2-1 with a 2.19 ERA, pitching two complete-game shutouts and a one-hitter in game one

Louisville Regional (2011):

  • Pitched all 21.0 innings, allowing just two earned runs for a 0.67 ERA with two shutouts

2010 Quick Hits:

  • Heralded with placement on the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Region first team
  • Had a 1.43 ERA in 192.2 innings of work, notching three complete-game one-hitters
  • Placed on the All-Pac-10 second team and All-Freshman team
  • Possessed a 0.59 ERA in nonconference play prior to Supers

Bench Warmer: During her first years as a young softball player, Jolene was not very good, Her first coaches had to move her from the outfield, where she sat picking flowers, to the infield.

Not a Natural Pitcher? When Jolene first started pitching, she hated it because she wasn't very good, hurling the ball over the backstop on multiple occasions. She did that so much that her ball league made a limit to the number of times a pitcher could do that before being pulled. That did not matter to Jolene, who purposefully threw the ball over the backstop to be pulled.

Family Ties: Her father, Joe, coached her and her younger sister Danielle for years. Danielle was Jolene's teammate on multiple teams, as well, and joined her in Berkeley. Jolene often jokes that she demanded Danielle attend Cal so that the younger Henderson wouldn't hit home runs off Jolene. The middle sibling - David - also attends Cal.

Why I Have My Number: I wear 54 because it was my dad's football number. I've always been a lot like my dad and I look up to him because he and my mom have taught me so much and made me into the person I am today. My parents do so much for me and always have. I wear 54 to be like my dad - strong, caring, determined and controlled - and I braid my hair for my mom.

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