Illinois returns majority of offense, gains young talent in pitching rotation
Illinois finished the regular season 11-1 including a 10-game winning streak
Illini had four extra-base hits but struggled with runners on
Gay did not allow an earned run in back-to-back complete games on Senior Day
Katie Repole and Kylie Johnson each had two hits and an RBI
May 5th vs. Ohio State
Photos from the Illini's 5-4 extra-innings victory over Indiana on April 20, 2013.
Photos from the Illini's Big Ten game versus Nebraska on March 30
Photos from Illinois' game vs. Wisconsin on March 23, 2013
Photos from the Illini's 6-2 victory over Western Michigan at the Fighting Illini Invitational.
Career Notes: Played in 176 career games for the Illini, starting 171 ... Graduates ranked 15th in Illinois history with a career .277 batting average, finishing eighth with a .495 slugging percentage and ninth with a .378 on base percentage ... Ranked seventh with 26 home runs, sixth with 14 HBP, 11th with 98 runs scored, 12th with 97 RBI, 13th with 245 total bases, 10th with three triples, 11th with 68 walks and 15th with 24 doubles ... At shortstop, she finished her career in 10th with 166 assists and 15th with 432 chances.
2013 - Redshirt Senior: Academic All-Big Ten ... Appeared in 46 of 49 games, starting 42, primarily at shortstop ... Hit .273 with a .389 on base percentage and a .464 slugging percentage ... Tallied 30 hits, five doubles, two triples, four home runs, a team-leading 20 walks, 17 RBI and 21 runs scored in 110 at bats ... Ranked second in the Big Ten with two triples in Big Ten play ...Went 6-for-6 in stolen bases ...Hit a walk-off home run, the second of her career, to lead the Illini to a 5-4 extra-innings victory over Indiana on April 20, which kicked off the Illini's 10-game winning streak ...Walked and scored to take an early lead against No. 1 Alabama ... Got her first hit of the season against No. 6 Texas on Feb. 15, one of two hits allowed by the Longhorns ... Was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive in a run and also scored against Houston on Feb. 17 ... Came through with the game-tying RBI in the bottom of the sixth against No. 19 Kentucky to send the game into extra innings ... Went 1-for-3 with two runs against Maine ... Singled and scored against Providence ... Hit a double and a home run to lead the Illini past Saint Louis, 6-4 ... Reached base all three times in the final game of the Wisconsin series, scoring both of the Illini's runs ... Went 2-for-3 with a two-RBI triple in the first game against No. 24 Nebraska ... Was 3-for-3 with a walk against Indiana State, hitting a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to bring the Illini within a run of the Sycamores ... Picked up the Illini's lone RBI against Northwestern with a single in the first inning of the finale. Also walked in all three plate appearances in the series opener during Amy Letourneau's no-hitter ... Hit an RBI triple in the first game of the Minnesota series, her second in Big Ten play ... Tied the school record with two doubles in game two at Iowa ... Went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in the Michigan State series finale ... Walked twice, stole home for the first run of the game, then scored the game-winning run in the eighth to defeat SIU, 4-2, in extras ... Singled and scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh vs. Ohio State in the final game of the regular season.
2012 - Redshirt Junior: Academic All-Big Ten... Tallied 34 hits, 25 runs scored and 13 RBIs while appearing in all 53 games and making 52 starts - all at shortstop ... Also drew 20 walks and was struck by seven pitches to secure a .330 on base percentage, finding success in 5-of-6 stolen base attempts on the year ... Went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk in Illinois' 1-0 win over UAB on Feb. 11 ... Tallied her first home run of the season, a solo shot to right field, against Michigan State on Feb. 11 as part of a 2-for-3, two run, one RBI game ... Connected for a two-run single while scoring a run and her first collegiate stolen base against No. 10 Tennessee on Feb. 17 ... Drove an RBI-single to left field to create the winning run against Hofstra on Feb. 25, also scoring one run during the contest ... Earned a pair of hits in four at bats against Boston U. on Feb. 26, scoring one run ... Scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh against Minnesota on March 24, racing home from first on a Kelley Wedel double ... Added a pair of insurance runs with a two-RBI single at Eastern Illinois in the eighth inning en route to 4-1 on April 12 ... Finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI courtesy of a first-inning home run on April 15 against Wisconsin ... Knocked an RBI-double to the left field wall as part of a 2-for-3 game against Western Illinois on April 17, also scoring once ... Finished with two runs scored and a double in the rubber match against Purdue as Illinois tallied an 8-6 win on April 22 to secure the series win ... Tallied her first collegiate triple against Penn State on May 6, also scoring a run and securing an RBI in the two-run first inning ... Went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in game one against Northwestern on May 11 before adding her final home run of the season in the second contest of the day.
2011 - Redshirt Sophomore: First Team All-Big Ten ... NFCA Midwest All-Region Second Team ... Getterman Classic All-Tournament Team ... Big Ten Co-Player of the Week (4/11) ... Academic All-Big Ten... Played in and started all 49 games on the season, seeing time in left field and at shortstop ... Was a consistent contributor in the heart of the Illini lineup, hitting .336 with eight doubles and a team-leading 14 home runs ... Finished with an Illinois-best 46 RBIs while scoring 30 runs and earning a team-high 98 total bases ... Earned a .426 on-base percentage, third-highest among all Illini, courtesy of 20 walks and four hit by pitches ... Finished among the leaders for Big Ten-only games with seven home runs (1st), a .783 slugging percentage (2nd), 47 total bases (2nd), 23 RBIs (2nd), four doubles (T-5th) and 22 hits (tied-ninth) ... Totaled five hits, including two doubles, to go with three RBIs and two runs scored during the Getterman Classic ... Hit a two-run homer and a grand slam against Temple to earn a career-high six RBIs on March 4 ... Went 2-for-4 with two walks, an RBI-double and one run scored during a two-game series with Michigan State on March 26-27 ... Earned Big Ten Co-Player of the Week honors for her work against Illinois State and Ohio State during the week of April 4-10. Davis finished the three-game stretch with a .667 batting average (6-for-9) with eight RBIs and six runs scored on four homers, a double and three walks. Davis did not record an out throughout the series with Ohio State - providing four hits, three walks and reaching base on an error in eight plate appearances ... Went 4-for-6 against the Michigan pitching staff with two homers, two runs scored and three RBIs during the April 17 doubleheader ... Went 4-for-7 (.571), including two doubles, at Iowa over both games of Illinois' May 4 doubleheader, also driving in five runs and drawing a walk ... Tallied a run-scoring single in the ninth inning against Minnesota on May 13 to help secure a 2-0 extra-inning victory.
2010 - Redshirt Freshman: Started and saw time in 28 games before suffering a season-ending lower-leg injury against Indiana State (3/31) ... Fourth among regular starters with a .298 batting average ... Accumulated 46 total bases, 25 total hits, 22 runs, 21 RBIs, six doubles and five home runs ... Stepped to the plate 84 times ... Went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and one run scored against UNLV on Feb. 12 ... Scored two runs on three hits against Mississippi Valley on Feb. 26 ... Went 1-for-3 with a three-RBI double against Bradley.
2009 - Freshman: Did not compete after suffering a season-ending knee injury in preseason practice.
High School: Tampa Tribune First Team ... All-county honoree ... Four-year starter in softball and volleyball ... Earned all-state and academic all-conference honors in softball and volleyball.
Personal:Born Jan. 15, 1990 ... Daughter of Keith and Carol Davis ... Has two siblings, Tyler and Sarah ... Majoring in Kinesiology ... Earned National Scholar Athletic Award by the United States Army ... Honor roll student ... Three-sport high school athlete (softball, volleyball and basketball).
Getting to Know Jessica:
Favorite Food: Chicken
Favorite Pro Team: New York Yankees
Favorite TV Show: Modern Family
Favorite Movie: The Notebook
Favorite Quote: "The only time you will find success before work is in the dictionary."
Favorite Pregame Meal: Pasta
Career Goals:Become a physical therapist
Dream Job: Astronaut
Pregame Superstitions: "Listening to my I-pod and always wearing a headband and my Phiten."