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#22 Jessica Plaza
Position: Catcher
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 5'9"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.
High School: Edison
Major: Human Biology
Plaza Photos

Career Highlights | Career Statistics

  • Registered a perfect fielding percentage in three consecutive seasons (2014-16)
    • First player in Stanford history to record a perfect fielding percentage in multiple seasons
  • Two-time Pac-12 All-Defensive Team
    • 2015 (HM), 2016
  • Two-time All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention (2013, 2014)
  • 2013 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team
  • 2015 NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete
  • 2016 Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention

As a Senior in 2016 | Game-by-Game Statistics

  • Pac-12 All-Defensive Team selection
  • Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention
  • Recorded a perfect fielding percentage (1.000) for the third straight season
  • Went 1-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs against Washington (May 14)
  • Led Stanford with a .571 batting average (4-for-7) with two doubles and an RBI with a .857 slugging percentage over three games at Utah (April 22-24)
  • Hit a two-out RBI triple to erase a 2-1 deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning against Oregon State to send the game to extra innings (April 3) 
  • Hit .313 (5-for-16) two doubles, two RBIs, five runs and two walks over five games at the Malihini Aloha Tournament (March 4-6)
  • Went 6-for-15 (.400) with six runs, three RBIs, two doubles and four walks at the Mary Nutter Classic (Feb. 25-28)
  • Had a five game hitting streak, consisting of seven hits from Feb. 21-27
  • Hit .364 (4-for-11) with three walks, two RBIs and a run over five games at the Kajikawa Classic (Feb. 12-14)
  • Appeared in 41 games (41 starts) at catcher, designated player or pinch hitter

As a Junior in 2015 | Game-By-Game Statistics

  • Pac-12 All-Defense honorable mention
  • NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete
  • Had two four-game hitting streaks (Feb. 7-13, Feb. 21-27)
  • Caught seven baserunners of 27 trying to steal a base (26 percent)
  • Went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and a walk during a three-game series at No. 19/16 Arizona (April 24-26)
  • Batted .308 (4-for-13) with two RBIs and two runs at the Mary Nutter Classic (Feb. 20-22)
  • Hit .462 (6-for-13) with two home runs, four RBIs, seven runs and a .563 slugging percentage at the Kajikawa Classic (Feb. 5-8)
  • Appeared in 45 games (43 starts) at catcher, pinch runner or designated player

As a Sophomore in 2014 | Game-By-Game Statistics

  • All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention
  • Became the second player in program history to register a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000 with a minimum of 100 chances 
  • Hit .283 with a .496 slugging percentage and tied for the team lead with six home runs 
  • Registered 204 putouts and 18 assists 
  • Recorded nine multi-hit games and at least one hit in 20 games 
  • Produced a five-game hitting streak from March 1-8 
  • Went 2-for-3 with two RBI to help lead Stanford to victory against Oregon State (May 8) 
  • Recorded three RBI, going 2-for-3  with a walk against Washington (April 11) 
  • Registered a season-best four hits against Arizona State (March 22) 
  • Went 3-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI against Indiana (Feb. 8) 
  • Made 44 appearances and started 42 games at catcher or designated player

As a Freshman in 2013 | Game-By-Game Statistics

  • All-Pac-12 Conference honorable mention
  • All-Pac-12 Freshman Team
  • Played in and started 48 games at catcher
  • Hit .268 with 34 hits, including six doubles, a triples and three home runs
  • Second on the team with 27 walks
  • Recorded six multiple-hit games and six multiple RBI games
  • Hit her first collegiate home run against Indiana (2/9)
  • Also hit a homer against Cal State Northridge (2/15)
  • Drew a career high three walks against Florida Gulf Coast (3/8)
  • Tallied two hits and an RBI at No. 10 Oregon (3/23)
  • Hit her first career sacrifice fly at No. 10 Oregon (3/24)
  • Hit a two-run double in a win over No. 12 UCLA (3/28)
  • Hit an RBI double in a win at No. 14 Washington (4/21)
  • Was 5-for-8 (.625) with two runs scored and two RBI in the three game series against Utah (4/26-28)
  • Hit a two-run homer in her first NCAA postseason appearance against No. 24 Tulsa (5/17)


  • Selected to the 17-player Team USA Softball Women’s National Team roster in June 2014 to compete in multiple events throughout the summer, including the International Softball Federation Women’s World Championships in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • Earned a silver medal with the U.S. Junior National Team at the 2013 International Softball Federation Junior Women's World Championship
  • Won a silver medal with the U.S. National Team at the International Softball Federation XIV Women's World Championship in Amsterdam

High School

  • A 2012 graduate of Edison High School in Huntington Beach, Calif.
  • A four-year letterwinner, captained the team her senior year
  • Sunset League champions in 2009
  • Reached the semifinals of the CIF championships in 2012
  • Four-time first team all-league selection
  • Holds single season and career home run records
  • Participated in two all-star games as a senior
  • Four-year scholar-athlete and four-time academic letterwinner


  • Played for the So Cal Athletics
  • Two-time Premier Nationals tournament champions


  • Daughter of Mike and Vickie Plaza
  • Has a younger brother, Matthew
  • Majoring in human biology
  • Plans on pursuing a career in medicine as a physician assistant
  • Stanford Sports Performance intern during the summer of 2015
  • Did research in the psychophysiology lab looking at the relationship of physical activity and emotion regulation
  • Co-founder of the Stanford Pre-Physician Assistant Club
  • Working as an Anatomy Scholar in the Clinical Division of Stanford Medicine
  • Member of Cardinal RHED, a group working on providing more mental health resources for student-athletes 
  • Enjoys riding bikes, going to the beach and hanging out with friends
  • Full name is Jessica Taylor Plaza