Once again started all 46 games for the Gauchos...Posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, tying for first in the Big West...Led UCSB and the conference in sacrifice bunts (18) and sacrifice flies (5)...Led the team and tied fifth in BWC for triples with three on the season, all coming in the first three games of the year...Also had three doubles and a home run...Third on the team with 16 RBI...Opened the season strong going 3-for-3 with a double, a triple, one run and a season-high four RBI against Massachusetts on February 10...The same day she went 1-for-3 with a triple and a run against No. 2 UCLA...Was 2-for-3 with a run in narrow 4-3 win over Pacific on April 8...Had an impressive 3-for-5 showing with a season-high two doubles, two runs and three RBI in lone series win over Northridge on April 23...Her two doubles match the school record for the most in a game...In lone series win over Cal Poly, she was 1-for-2 with a run and three RBI...At Regionals she had a 2-for-4 performance with a homer in loss to Notre Dame on May 19.
One of five players to start all 48 games for the Gauchos last season, she continued to improve as the season went on...Led the team with a .364 batting average in conference play and hit .282 overall, which was third on the team...Was second on the squad with 142 at-bats and 40 hits...Her 24 runs and six doubles ranked third...Finished the year with three homeruns, 17 RBI and a .350 on-base percentage...Had a very strong second half of the season, leading the team with 24 hits, six doubles, 39 total bases and a .591 slugging percentage against Big West opponents, while her 66 at bats, 14 runs, three homers and 13 RBI ranked second on the squad in league competition... Went 2-for-4 with a run scored, a homer and three RBI April 10 at Utah State...Went 3-for-4 with two runs, a homer and a team season and personal career-high four RBI April 24 at Pacific... Recorded at least two hits in a team-high six straight games from April 24 to May 7...Was named the Big West Conference Player of the Week after hitting .636 (7-for-11) with six runs scored, a homer and four RBI in three games against Cal State Northridge April 30 and May 1.
Appeared in 44 games in her first year as a member of the Gauchos, placing her eighth on the team...Finished third on the squad with a .341 on-base percentage...Her 15 RBI were fifth best and she finished eighth with 24 hits...Led the Gauchos in fielding percentage, with a perfect mark of 1.000 and 0 errors...Posted five hits, four RBI, and two runs scored in a doubleheader at Nevada (3/23)...Went 2-for-2 and scored two runs May 14 against Cal State Fullerton.
Established a four-year career .402 batting average at El Modena High School under the guidance of coach Steve Harrington... Played with current teammate Liz Walters...Named Second Team All-Century League as a freshman and sophomore, and First Team All-Century League as a junior and senior...Helped lead the Vanguard to the CIF Division III Finals in '01...In 2003 she earned Second Team All-CIF and LA Times All-County honors...Also played tennis for the Vanguard.
Played with current teammate Jennifer Davis on the Orange County Batbusters back-to-back U-18 Gold National Championship teams in '02 and '03.
Jessica Leiah Hejna was born November 13, 1984 in Orange, California...She is entering her junior year at UCSB as a Communication and Sociology major and is pursuing her BA...Roots for the Los Angeles Angels...Enjoys watching "Grey's Anatomy," "Desperate Housewives" and "The O.C."...Her favorite movies are "My Best Friend's Wedding" and "The Notebook"...Can be found reading "People" and "US" magazines...The Harry Potter books are some of her favorite reads...Being so close to the beach is what she likes best about UCSB...Her friends call her "Jess", "Diva" or "Midge"...Has a younger sister, Alison...Daughter of Michael and Wendy Hejna.