Player Bio: Jessica McConnellPosition: Catcher/Third Base
Year: Grad Student
Hometown: Edwardsville, Ill.
High School: Edwardsville HS
Previous School: University of Illinois Springfield
Started all 27 games for the Stars, playing 3B...Played one of her best games of the season against York (3/16/13), hitting a pair of doubles and scoring three runs in the 9-5 loss...Had a three-hit performance in the final game of the season vs. Harris-Stowe State...Was one hit shy of batting .300 or above for the third time in as many seasons...Led the team in doubles (6) and triples (2), while finishing the season third in batting average (.297), hits (22), runs (11) and total bases (32)...Became a three-time AMC Academic All-Conference selection; also picked up her first Daktronics-NAIA Softball Scholar-Athlete award as a senior.
Appeared and started in all 43 games, helping the Stars to a 15-28 overall record...Hit her first career home run against Wartburg College (3/18/12)...Had a career day against Benedictine (Kan.) (3/14/12) going 4-for-4 at the plate with four runs and two RBI...For the second time in her career, McConnell led the team in batting average (.386), hits (54), triples (5) and total bases (79)...Recorded 15 multi-hit games including eight with 3+ hits...Finished among the AMCís top five in several offensive categories: batting average (5th), hits/game (2nd), triples/game (2nd) and total bases/game (5th)...Ranked 25th in the nation with five triples on the season...One of six Stars to earn AMC Academic All-Conference honors.
Spent a season playing basketball at NCAA Division II University of Illinois-Springfield.
Started all 33 games as a freshman...Led the team in several categories including batting average (.360), hits (31), runs (11), triples (2) and fielding percentage (.955)...Was a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts...At catcher, allowed just two stolen bases, while picking off 15 baserunners...Ranked among the AMCís top 10 in batting average (9th) and on-base percentage (6th)...Had 11 multi-hit games including a pair with 3 hits...Recorded triples in games against Greenville (3/8/10) and Judson (3/27/10)...One of 14 Stars on the AMC Academic All-Conference team...Named AMC All-Conference Honorable Mention as a freshman.
Currently a graduate assistant for the Stephens College Athletics Department...Working on her Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Stephens...Received her bachelorís degree in business & marketing with a minor in psychology...Was a standout on the Stephens College basketball team for three years; also played volleyball for the Stars in 2013.
Edwardsville High School
A three-time All-Southwestern Conference selection including first team honors in 2007-08 and 2008-09...Was the team leader in plate appearances, while batting .336; had a .394 on-base percentage and .457 slugging percentage...Lettered in both basketball and softball at Edwardsville.
Jessica Marie McConnell is the daughter of Kim McConnell...Born in Edwardsville, Ill.