2007: Making 33 starts in the circle and 138 appearances at the plate, Jen Bruck was a key player in helping take the Tigers to their 11th NCAA Regional Tournament. Finishing the season with 21 wins to her name, Bruck came on strong in Big 12 Conference play, notching a 1.45 ERA and an 11-4 record. Bruck struckout a season-high 10 batters April 6 against Oklahoma State. Throughout the year, Bruck shut out three of the nation's top-ranked programs, Texas (1-0), Texas A&M (5-0) and Southern Illinois (8-0), and struckout 138 batters. Throwing in game one of the NCAA Regional in Carbondale, Ill., Bruck hurled five innings of work, allowing the Salukis only two hits. Bruck followed Missouri's game against the Saluki's with a seven inning outing against Women's College World Series competitor, DePaul. Facing some of the best bats in the nation, Bruck held the Blue Demons to only four hits, a regional and super regional low for DePaul. Making her way up the Missouri career pitching record book, Bruck ended the season sixth in appearances (128), seventh in innings pitched (566.2), strikeouts (416) and wins (60) and 10th in complete games (34). Batting in the middle of the Tiger lineup, Bruck set the Missouri home run record May 18 against Southern Illinois. Leading off the fifth inning, Bruck crushed her 33rd career home run deep over the center field wall. Bruck finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate, ripping a first inning single off of Saluki pitching ace Cassidy Scoggins. Earlier in the campaign, Bruck knocked two home runs against Wichita State, Feb. 24. Playing No. 8 Baylor in Waco, Texas, April 28, Bruck drove in three of Missouri's four game-winning runs with her second inning two-run home run to left center and fourth inning fielder's choice. Honors: All-Big 12 First Team, Big 12 All-Tournament Team.
2006: Missouri's starting pitcher in 34 games, Bruck hurled 260.2 innings and finished the season with a 24-21 record. Pitching 19 complete games, Bruck threw a complete-game shutout May 10 in Missouri's second game of the Big 12 Championships, striking out eight Nebraska Cornhuskers on the way to a 3-0 win. For her work at the tournament, Bruck was named to the All-Big 12 Tournament team. Throughout the course of the campaign, Bruck was named Big 12 Player of the Week on two occasions, the first coming March 28 after completing a two-game sweep of No. 15 Oklahoma. At the plate, Bruck was 5-for-6 including a home run over the wall in centerfield to lead off the fourth inning of game one. Bruck scored four runs, tallied a 1.33 slugging percentage took eight bases for a .875 on-base percentage and notched three RBI. From the circle, Bruck stuck out eight batters in 11.2 innings of work. Bruck threw one complete game and started the second before being relieved by Megan Dennis. Bruck later reentered the game to halt the OU offense. On May 3, Bruck was honored again after going 9-for-14 at the plate in games against Texas A&M, Iowa State and Texas Tech. With a .643 batting average and 1.214 slugging percentage, Bruck managed 17 bases on nine hits including five doubles and a home run. From the circle, Bruck twirled 31.3 innings and struck out 16 batters. In addition to her Player of the Week honors, Bruck was named to the All-Big 12 first team. By the end of the season, Bruck led the Tigers in batting average (.387), slugging percentage (.704), on base percentage (.482), runs scored (37), hits (55), home runs (10), total bases (100), walks (23) and stolen bases (10). Bruck also ranked among the top-10 in the Big 12 with her 13 doubles (fifth), 100 total bases (ninth), 13 walks (seventh), .482 on base percentage (third), .704 slugging percentage (third), 24 wins (third), 260.2 innings pitched (second) and 171 strikeouts (eighth). Among her teammates, Bruck recorded the longest hitting streak (14 games) and had the most multiple hit games with 14. Honors: All-Big 12 First Team, All-Big 12 Tournament Team, Two-time Big 12 Player of the Week.
2005: As a freshman, Bruck made her collegiate debut in the circle on Feb. 11, against Nicholls State at the Seminole Classic, earning her first career win, and combining for her first of 11 season shutouts, 6-0. Bruck earned her first save of the campaign against No. 10 Florida State on Feb. 12 and tossed relief in Missouri's May 21 NCAA Regional game against Robert Morris for her first combined no-hitter. In her 22 starts in the circle, Bruck fanned 104 batters, 31 in relief, blowing past a season-high nine batters in five innings of work on Feb. 18 against Maryland at the Crimson Classic. Strong at the plate, Bruck led the team in slugging percentage (.812), setting a new Missouri single season high, and doubles (15) and was second in runs scored (48). Two of Bruck's 15 doubles were crushed to deep left field off of then-No. 6 Alabama pitching ace Stephanie VanBrakle on Feb. 19 and two of her 16 home runs were grand slams (March 5-SEMO, March 13-Drake). Bruck ripped her 10th double of the season on April 9 in a two-out situation against Texas Tech and hit a two-run home run versus Kansas on April 13. On April 16, Bruck punched the game-winning hit, a double to left field, in Missouri's 3-2, 13-inning victory over No. 4 Texas. Bruck ripped two homers in one inning against Drake on March 13 and crushed back-to-back home runs against North Dakota State in the second and third innings of the first of two games against the Bison on April 27. With 16 home runs on the season, Bruck jumped to second in the Missouri single-season home run record book and seventh on the career list. Bruck broke into the top-10 of six Missouri single season records: runs scored (seventh with 48), RBI (sixth with 44), doubles (second with 15), slugging percentage (first with .812) and season win-loss percentage (eighth with a 15-4, .790 average). Honors: Big 12 All-Tournament Team.
Ft. Zumwalt West: A member of the Ft. Zumwalt West softball team, Bruck was a four-time all-district and all-conference player, earning all-region honors as a junior in 2003 and all-state recognition as a senior in 2004. Bruck was named the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Player of the Year and the Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year for her role as both pitcher and utility player on the Jaguar team. A two-time Most Valuable Player and Student of the Week, Bruck was coached by Gay Herman and earned six letters as a member of both the softball and basketball teams. Academically, Bruck was a four-year member of the Honor Roll. Bruck also played with the St. Louis Espirit club team under Head Coach Sue Guenzler.
Personal: Jen Bruck is the daughter of Chris and Dee Bruck and was born Oct. 4, 1985 in St. Louis, Mo. The older of two children, Bruck has a sister Angela (16) and is majoring in hotel and restaurant management with a minor in business. Bruck is also the mother of Ashanti Bruck (one).