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    Jessica Rigas
    Jessica Rigas

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    River Forest, Ill.

    High School:
    Oak Park River Forest

    Height:
    5-6

    Position:
    IF

    B/T:
    R/R



    2009: Appeared in 13 games as a pinch hitter, slugging a pinch hit home run against Southern Utah (2/14) ... Notched a pinch-hit single in a win over No. 19 DePaul (4/28) ... Academic All-Big Ten and Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.

    2008: Started 22 games at first base, one as the designated player and appeared in nine others as a pinch hitter ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Northwestern's win over No. 1 Arizona (2/16) ... Drove in a pair of runs in NU's win over No. 6 LSU (2/23) ... Recorded an RBI double against California (3/21) ... Was hit by a pitch and drew a walk in pinch hit appearances during both games of a doubleheader sweep of Minnesota (3/30) ... Drew a pinch-hit walk at No. 24 Ohio State (4/6), then did it again versus Notre Dame (4/15) ... Picked up an RBI with a pinch-hit, bases-loaded walk against Indiana (4/19) ... Drew a walk as a pinch hitter against Michigan State (5/3).

    2007: Started 55 games as the designated player, one game at third base and appeared in five others as a pinch hitter/defensive substitute ... Second-team All-Big Ten selection ... Hit her first-career home run against Cal Poly (2/24), a two-run jack in the bottom of the sixth that gave NU a come-from-behind, 3-2 win ... Launched another home run, this one in the sixth inning of an 11-3 win against No. 9 Stanford that ended the contest due to the mercy rule (3/3) ... Finished with four RBIs in that game ... Went 2-for-2 with two doubles and an RBI against Louisville (3/23) ... Went 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored on 3/25 against No. 25 California ... Launched a two-run home run against Michigan State on 4/1 ... Hit the game-winning home run with a two-run, fourth-inning blast in a 2-1 win at Purdue (4/6) ... Walked three times, singled and drove in two runs in the first game of a doubleheader at Indiana (4/8) ... Went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the second game of the double-dip ... Hit a solo home run in a 5-3 win against Ohio State on April 14 ... Walked in all three of her plate appearances at Minnesota (4/22), recording one RBI and a run scored ... Stole her first-career base during a 1-for-1 performance including a walk at Notre Dame (4/24) ... Hit solo home runs in both ends of a doubleheader against Illinois (4/29) ... Was 2-for-2 with a two-run home run against Wright State in the NCAA Regional (5/18).

    2006: Appeared in 11 games as a pinch-hitter ... Notched her first career RBI with a groundout against Massachusetts (2/24) ... Rapped a double for her first-career hit, driving in the final run in Northwestern's 8-0, five-inning win against Loyola (Chicago) (4/20).

    High School: Named an all-conference, Illinois Coaches Association All-State third-team, IHSA State Finals All-Tournament team and academic all-conference selection in 2005 ... Led Oak Park River Forest to Illinois class AA state title in 2005, earning tournament MVP honors ... Chicago Tribune Super 60 selection ... High school finished second in the state in 2004 ... High school teammate of current Northwestern sophomore Aly Euler ... Played eight years with the Oak Park Windmills, placing at the ASA Nationals in 2004 ... Also an accomplished swimmer in high school, was a NISCA All-American in the 200 free relay and earned NISCA All-America consideration in the 200 medley relay as a junior ... Earned all-conference and academic all-conference accolades for swimming ... Dean's list, honor roll and scholar athlete honoree all four years of high school ... Member of the Cum Laude Society.

    Personal: Born Jessica Ann Rigas ... Daughter of John and Therese Rigas ... Attended same high school as Dani Tyler of the 1996 U.S. Olympic softball team and Ernest Hemingway ... Chose Northwestern over Lehigh ... Grandfather is a PhD in chemical engineering ... Majoring in industrial engineering.

    RIGAS' CAREER STATISTICS

    Year	Avg	GP	GS	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	BB	SO	SB	ATT
    2006	.091	11	0	11	0	1	1	0	0	2	0	3	0	0
    2007	.224	61	56	134	15	30	3	0	9	23	33	51	1	1
    2008	.131	32	23	61	4	8	1	0	1	8	13	27	1	1
    2009	.154	13	0	13	1	2	0	0	1	1	0	6	0	0
    TOTAL	.187	117	79	219	20	41	5	0	11	34	46	87	2	2