SIU returns key pieces, will try to replace five starters
Ten players earn All-America Scholar Athlete honors from NFCA
Six earn presigious President's Council Academic Award
SIU searching for first tournament title since 1991
SIU to host Senior Day on Saturday at conclusion of second game
2015 / Sophomore
Played in 24 games and started 21, primarily at catcher ... Went 2-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs in six-run comeback at Indiana State ... One of two players on the team with a four-RBI game (Shaye Harre) ... Two-out double started a three-run rally to overcome a three-run deficit vs. UMBC....Earned the MVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award.
2014 / Freshman
Played in nine games and started eight at catcher ... Went hitless in five plate appearances ... Did not commit an error ... Caught two runners stealing.
At Johnston City High School
Earned All-Conference all four seasons at Johnston City with All-South honors in 2011, 2012 and 2013.. Earned All-State honors in 2011 and 2013...Held a career batting average over .400 with 163 total RBI... Recorded 40 home runs to rank eighth all-time in IHSA...Helped Johnston City to a runner up finish at the 2010 Illinois Class 2A state championship...2013 Southern Illinoisian Athlete of the Year.
Full name is Jessa McClaine Thomas...Born on August 9, 1994 in Carbondale, Ill...Daughter of Wade and Melinda Thomas..Has one brother, Cade...Undecided major.