Jessica Mapes returns for her senior season, after three seasons that saw her contribute a vital role in the Sun Devils success. Hitting a .273 clip in the 2008 season, Mapes scored 25 runs on the year with six RBIs and tying the team lead for stolen bases going a perfect 6-for-6. Mapes collected three games where she scored two runs. Jessica also scored two integral runs in the College World Series en route to their title run. She returns to the outfield for her senior season looking to lead ASU to back-to-back titles.
Her sophomore campaign saw her take the reigns as the Sun Devils' regular lead-off hitter. Mapes hit .208 on the season with 35 runs scored as well as five stolen bases. In her freshman season of 2006, Mapes went from walk-on utility player to the Sun Devils' leadoff hitter by the Women's College World Series. Mapes went .272 at the plate with 31 runs scored for the Devils along with 12 stolen bases and a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
A local product, Mapes had four successful seasons at Tempe's Marcos de Niza High School. Jessica was a three-time All-Arizona selection who was voted Team MVP in 2003, 2004 and 2005. She was named to the All-5A First Team three times, as well as the First Team All-Region three times. In 2003, she helped lead Marcos to a second place finish in the state of Arizona. Jessica is also attending ASU on a Presidential Academic Scholarship.
Jessica was born to Dan and Nancy on February 9, 1987 in Boise, Idaho and has one younger sister, Kristin (18).
At the plate with Jessica Mapes: The best part about this year's ASU Softball team will be... getting to know the new faces on the team.
One word to describe Coach Myers: intense
If I could have lunch with anyone, it would be... Karl Kuehl
The most interesting thing I did this summer was... vacation in Hawaii
My favorite music group is... Taylor Swift
If I could live anywhere, I would live in... Austrailia
My advice to youngsters would be... Get involved and Dream Big
My favorite course in college is... Early Childhood Intervention
My most prized possession is... My family & friends
My favorite restaurant is... Sushi Ken
The best place I have traveled to is... Hawaii
My ideal job would be...Child Life Specialist (work in hospitals with kids)
Something most people don't know about me is... I love kid movies...almost all the movies I own are Disney/Pixar
My favorite pro team is...The Phoenix Suns
Before every game I... run down to the fence and back twice.
My superstitions include... wearing sleeves during games, no matter how hot it is.