Jennie Ritter (born June 1, 1984) is an American, former collegiate All-American, right-handed softball pitcher originally from Dexter, Michigan. She is a Women's College World Series National Champion with the Michigan Wolverines, whom she played for from 2003-2006. In addition to numerous other records, she is the all-time career leader in strikeout ratio for both the Wolverines and the Big Ten Conference.
Ritter saw limited playing time as a freshman, only getting 7 decisions for a 5-2 record. She made her second appearance in the NCAA Regionals, shutting out Wright State for three innings to collect her last win that season.
Ritter had a golden season as a junior earning All-Big Ten and First Team All-American honors. She was named conference "Pitcher" and "Female Athlete of The Year" to go along with USA Softball Player of The Year and University of Michigan's "Female Athlete of The Year. She threw three no-hitters and a perfect game on April 17, 2005 vs. the Indiana Hoosiers. She also broke and set the school records for wins (38) and innings pitched (288.2). Her 417 strikeouts and 16 shutouts still rank top-5 all-time for a Wolverine season.
Ritter would lead the Michigan Wolverines to the No. 1 seed at the Women's College World Series and opened her first and only appearance with a shutout of the DePaul Blue Demons. After escaping elimination, Ritter led the way into the Championship Finals against defending champs, the UCLA Bruins. Ritter toughed out a 10-inning battle in the third game of the series to win the National Championship and the distinction of being the first team east of the Mississippi River to accomplish the feat. She also earned All-Tournament Team honors for her 5-1 record and 60 strikeouts in 54-innings (a new series record).
Ritter's senior season saw her repeat all-season honors: All-Big Ten, First Team All-American and Michigan "Female Athlete of The Year." She threw a no-hitter and broke her own record for strikeouts with 451; her 17 shutouts was also a new record, the strikeouts total remains tops for a single season. Ritter also posted her best ERA to accompany a pair of top-5 records for innings and wins at Michigan.
Ritter would graduate as the all-time Michigan Wolverines record holder in strikeouts, shutouts, innings pitched and strikeout ratio. As well she also put up some of the best wins and ERA numbers all-time for the Wolverines. She currently still holds the records for strikeout ratio and shutouts. She is also the strikeout ratio leader for the Big Ten Conference and ranks top-10 in almost every other pitching category. Ritter is also a top-20 strikeout ratio pitcher all-time for a career in the NCAA Division I.
She currently performs training camps for youth and works for the Big Ten Network (color commentary) during the softball season.
On February 15, 2006, Ritter was selected 6th overall in the National Pro Fastpitch draft by the Akron Racers. Ritter however joined and continues to play on the PFX Tour where she was originally drafted fourth overall.