DSU Softball BIO
23 Vanessa Washington

2017: Former All-MEAC Rookie-of-the-Year (2015) and All-MEAC Second Team (2005, '16) ... batted .246 with ... four home runs and 14 RBI in injury-plagued 2017 season ... tied for second on the Hornets in home runs in '17 

2016: Second Team All-MEAC selection... Second Team All-MEAC Preseason selection... Named MEAC Player of the Week (March 28)... Appeared in 46 games, making 45 starts… Batted .341 (fourth best on the team) in 135 at-bats (fifth most on the team), while leading the MEAC in home runs (10) and totaling a team-high 23 walks (fifth most in the MEAC)… Her 10 homers were the fourth most in DSU single-season history… Totaled 46 hits (fourth most on DSU), 42 RBI (10th most in DSU single-season history - second most in the MEAC), 29 runs (fourth most on DSU), one sacrifice fly and 86 total bases (sixth most in the MEAC)… Finished third on the team in on base percentage (.444) and second in slugging percentage (.637 – sixth best in the MEAC)… Tallied 13 multi-hit games, highlighted by registering at least three on three different occasions… Scored two or more runs eight times, including a season-high three twice… Totaled two or more RBI 10 times, highlighted by driving in a season-high five three times… Drew two or more walks four times, highlighted by a season-high three in DSU’s 15-5 win over Coppin State (April 2)… Held a season-long 11-game hit streak (March 26 – April 16)… Defensively, finished with a team-best 250 putouts (fifth most in the MEAC), 11 assists and committed three errors for a .989 fielding percentage… On DSU’s all-time list, sits eighth in RBI (93) and third in homers (21)… Best Game(s): Went 3-for-4 with five RBI, two runs scored and a homer in DSU’s 12-10 win over Bucknell (March 5)… Went 3-for-4 with five RBI, two home runs and a walk in DSU’s 6-5 win over Northern Illinois (March 11)… Went a perfect 2-for-2 with four RBI, two runs, a homer, a sacrifice fly and a walk in DSU’s 10-2 win at UMES (March 22)… Went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, two RBI, one homer and a walk in DSU’s 18-2 win over Coppin State (April 2)… Went a perfect 3-for-3 with two doubles and three runs scored in DSU’s 14-2 win over Coppin State (April 3)… Went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a home run in DSU’s 14-1 win at Howard (April 23)… Went 2-for-4 with five RBI and two home runs in DSU’s 10-2 win over Norfolk State (May 13) in the MEAC Tournament. 

2015: Earned MEAC Rookie of the Year and Second Team All-MEAC (Utility Player) recognition… Named MEAC Rookie of the Week three times (April 13, April 20, May 4)... Earned ECU Pirate Classic All-Tournament Team honors (Feb. 6 - 8)... Started all 44 games… Batted .387 (third best on the team) in 137 at-bats (second most on the team), while leading DSU in hits (53 - sixth best in the MEAC), RBI (51 – tops in the MEAC), homers (11 – third best in the MEAC), doubles (15 – second best in the MEAC), total bases (101 – second most in the MEAC) and slugging percentage (.737 – third best in the MEAC)… Her 51 RBI were the second most in DSU single-season history… Her 11 home runs were the third most in DSU single-season history… Her 15 doubles were the ninth most in DSU single-season history… Scored 33 runs (fourth most on the team), maintained a .423 on-base percentage (third best on the team), went 2-for-2 in the stolen base department and drew 10 walks… Recorded 140 putouts, seven assists and committed two errors for a .987 fielding percentage… Totaled 15 multi-hit games, including closing the season on a nine-game hit streak (April 25 – May 8)… Tallied 12 multi-RBI games, including a season-high six in DSU’s 20-4 win at Coppin State (April 12)… Best Game(s): Went 3-for-5 with two RBI, a double and a homer in DSU’s 5-4 loss to Oakland (Feb. 7) during ECU’s Pirate Classic… Went 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and a homer in DSU’s 12-11 loss at NCCU (Feb. 14)… Went 2-for-3 with three runs, six RBI, a double  and a home run in DSU’s 20-4 win at Coppin State (April 4)… Went 3-for-5 with two runs, four RBI and a homer in DSU’s 19-12 win at Coppin State (April 13)… In DSU’s 14-9 win at Norfolk State (April 18), went 4-for-5 with two runs, a double and a home run… In the Hornets’ 8-0 five-inning win over NCAT (May 7) in the MEAC Tournament, hit first-career grand slam and tallied a stolen base… In DSU’s season-ending 7-4 loss to Hampton (May 8) in the MEAC Tournament, went 2-for-3 with four RBI, two home runs and a walk… On DSU’s all-time career list, sits eighth in home runs (11).

High School: As a freshman, earned Second Team All-Delta River League honors… As a sophomore, received First Team All-Delta River League recognition, along with being Team Offensive Player of the Year… In her junior season, was named to the Cal Hi Sports All State Underclassmen Team, First Team Sacramento Bee Metro All-City, First Team All-Area Sacramento River Cats, Sure West Verizon Sports All-City First Team and All-Delta River League First Team selection… Was also named Offensive Player of the Year… Broke Pleasant Grove High School single-season home run record (10)… Also, led San Joaquin Section Division I in home runs…  Team went on to win the San Joaquin Section Division I Championship…  As a senior, earned Sac Joaquin All-League First Team honors and Sacramento Boo Female Athlete of the Year... Academically, has been on the Honor Roll list every semester, seven-time Academic Award winner and is a member of the National Honor Society.

AAU/Club Team: Has played two seasons for the Lady Magic Gold… In 2012, team placed fifth in Nationals competition, while leading all age group hitters in extra base hits and doubles… In 2013, led team in home runs and RBI.

Personal: Born Feb. 4, 1996 in Elk Grove, Calif., where she currently resides... Daughter of Leland and Christna Washington... Sister to Elinor... Majoring in Political Science with a minor in Law Studies. 

Position: Utility Player
Height: 5'6"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Elk Grove, Calif.
High School: Pleasant Grove H.S.
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