10 Jessica Pledger
10 Jessica Pledger
Year: Senior
Hometown: Pearland, Texas
High School: Pearland
Position: Catcher
Bats/Throws: R/R
House Affiliation: Eliot

Senior • 2010
Received All-Ivy League honorable mention … Recorded a double and two RBI in a game against Bucknell March 16 … Went 4 for 6 from the plate with a double and an RBI in a doubleheader against Princeton Apr. 2 … Went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored in game one of a doubleheader against Penn Apr. 10 … Was 2 for 3 against Boston College Apr. 15 and against Brown Apr. 19 … Had a season-high six assists against the Bears … Picked up a pair of hits and a walk in a win over Yale Apr. 24 … Recorded a season-high 12 putouts against the Bulldogs … Had a hit in each game of the regular-season ending doubleheader against Dartmouth May 2 … Went 1 for 3 from the plate in all three games of the Ivy League Championship series against Cornell.

Junior • 2009
Started 42 games, splitting time between designated hitter and catcher … Had a .279 batting average and .364 on base percentage … Named to the Ivy League Honor Roll March 10 … Recorded 11 putouts as catcher in 7-2 win over Toledo March 21 in the Highlander Classic … Went 2 for 3 with one RBI in 10-5 win over UNC Greensboro March 24 … Went 2 for 3 in 10-3 win over Rhode Island April 2 … Compiled a nine game hitting streak from April 9-19.

Sophomore • 2008
Started 13 games at catcher and five at DP and appeared in 42 total games ... Had a .972 fielding percentage and threw out two runners from behind the plate ... Batted .307 with 23 hits, 13 RBI, three runs scored and a .350 on-base percentage ... Batted .318 (14 for 44) with runners on base, .353 (12 for 34) with runners in scoring position and .300 (12 for 40) with two outs ... One of two players to record four hits in a game when she went 4 for 4 with two runs and two RBI in a 17-2 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff March 21 ... Was 2 for 4 with two RBI at Princeton March 30 ... Recorded a pinch-hit, two-run single against Boston College April 17.

Freshman • 2007
Played in 31 games, starting 16 at catcher, as a rookie ... Did not commit an error while recording 71 putouts, notching eight assists and throwing out two would-be base-stealers ... Knocked in go-ahead run with pinch-hit in 12-9, comeback win at Boston College (April 26) ... Went 1 for 2 with two runs scored and one driven in against Holy Cross (April 10) ... Recorded first career hit with pinch-hit RBI single against St. Joseph’s (March 4) ... Made Harvard debut with start against Michigan State in second game of season (March 3).

Before Harvard
A four-year starter for the Pearland High School softball team ... all-state academic award recipient, NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete, team captain and team’s Offensive Player of the Year as a senior ... Earned selection to TGCA All-Star Team and all-district and all-county first teams that season ... Also made the all-district first team in 2003 and 2005 ... Earned all-district honorable mention in 2004 and all-county honorable mention in 2004 and 2005 ... Member of the National Society of High School Scholars ... HOBY nominee ... Involved in extensive community service work, including work at a hospital, hurricane and tsunami relief, volunteer softball coaching and preparing items for troops, nursing home residents and the homeless.

Hobbies include painting and long-distance running ... Concentrating in either Sociology, Economics or both ... Involved with Pets as Therapy and Harvard Women in Business.