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Friday, April 10, 2015

Where Are They Now: Karlyn Jones

Who is she? Karlyn Jones, a former all-conference pitcher for the University of Nevada and the University of Pittsburgh.

Karlyn during her freshman season @ Pittsburgh
What is she known for? After transferring back to Nevada, her hometown school, for her final three seasons of eligibility, Jones was something of a workhorse for the Pack, leading the team in ten statistical categories in her junior year. In her senior season of 2014, she led the nation in walks per seven innings. She was an all-conference second-team selection in 2014.

Here's something interesting... Despite living in the desert, Karlyn has a paralyzing phobia of sharks. She offers an example of just how serious a fear it is… “During the time that Pirates of the Caribbean was being filmed, a friend of my mother asked me if I wanted to have a meet and greet with the cast at the Caribbean…. I said no. Flying over the ocean and any potential of sharks being involved equals a no go for me! Friends and family are constantly giving me gag gifts pertaining to sharks.”

Quotable quote [on what she misses most about playing softball]: "The thing I find myself missing the most are some of the things you don’t realize you may be taking for granted. The long bus rides, sitting at airports or on long flights home after a double header just to get home at 11 pm and have Monday morning class. I miss the comradery, the life long friends you make on your turf, and the ones you make from state to state. I miss the high, the rush I got when I stepped on that mound in front of some of the best hitters and all around players in the nation. Strapping on those cleats, and slipping on that uniform, the pop of the glove on a K, the ring of the bat on a walk off hit to win the game. Truth is I miss a lot about the game, the big things and the small things, everything that makes letting it go at the end that much harder, and looking back on it that much more rewarding."   

What's she up to now? Karlyn is currently finishing up her degree in criminal justice at Nevada; her original plans were to head to the police academy with the goal of becoming a patrol office, but a labrum tear that required surgery after her senior season ended has left her rehabbing and once a full recovery is made, she’ll look to continue her quest into the criminal justice system. In addition, she is the varsity pitching coach at Damonte Ranch High School and gives private lessons.

Contact information: You can find Karlyn on Facebook and Twitter.

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