Is healthy and coming off of redshirt season due to shoulder surgery ... Should be back in starting rotation ... Tough mentality ... Adds a different dimension with her presence in the circle.
Redshirted after making only eight appearances due to a season ending shoulder injury ... Started seven of those appearances ... Threw five complete games and two shutouts ... Recorded 40 strikeouts in just 44.2 innings pitched ... Picked up her first collegiate win on 2/5/05 against Coastal Carolina in a 1-0 shutout ... Was 4-2 when she exited the 2/20 game against Syracuse in the first inning ... Earned wins over Coastal Carolina, Charlotte, Wisconsin and SE Louisiana.
Four-year letterwinner in softball at Denver East H.S. ... Coached by Andy Mendelsberg ... As a senior, started all but two games ... Led the state in strikeouts and in strikeouts per inning ... Threw seven shutouts and four no-hitters ... Posted a 0.20 ERA ... During her junior year, she pitched a no-hitter in the League Championship to earn the title ... Also led the state in strikeouts and strikeouts per inning ... Had a 0.45 ERA, five no-hitters and nine shutouts ... Advanced to the semi-finals in the playoffs ... During sophomore season, started every game, recorded three no-hitters, six shutouts and led the state in strikeouts and strikeouts per inning ... Won the League Championship ... Recorded batting averages (Sr.) .325, (Jr.) .406, (So.) .389, (Fr.) .225 ... Final team records (Sr.) 17-4, (Jr.) 14-7, (So.) 16-6, (Fr.) 17-6 ... Three-time Denver Post all-state selection ... Three-time Rocky Mountain News all-state selection ... Denver Post Athlete of the Week ... East H.S. Female Athlete of the Year ... Two-time USSSA All-Star ... Four-time first team all-Denver Prep League ... High school team played in playoffs all four years ... Also advanced to regionals all four years ... Advanced to semi-finals in 2003 ... Played for the Colorado Stampede and won four consecutive state championships ... They also placed eighth of 145 teams at nationals in 2003 ... National Honor Society nominee, 4.0 GPA.
Full name is Jessica Lelia Barnes ... Nickname is "Barnesy" ... Parents are David and Mary Barnes ... Is the first member in her family to play a sport in college ... Chose USC over Penn State, Kansas, Northern Iowa, Illinois State and Tennessee-Martin ... Born Jan. 27, 1986 in Denver, Colo. ... Has an older brother John and an older sister Lindsay ... Major is journalism.TMTM
Extra-Innings With Jessica...
What is your goal for the team this season? To improve upon last year in every aspect of the game, and take the season one game at a time.
What is one thing you have always wanted to do? I would love to study abroad...probably in Japan.
What song pumps you up before a game? "Girlfight" by Brooke Valentine
What is the best gift someone could ever give you? A penthouse in NYC overlooking Central Park.
I'd like to be ... A college pitching coach.
What have you learned from softball you would like to pass along to others? Never underestimate your opponent!
What is the best advice you were ever given? A smile is contagious.