Jessica Mattia joined the Delaware State softball program in the Fall of 2014.
In her first season, she helped the Hornets finish 2015 with a 21-23 overall mark, featuring a program-best 14-game winning streak. Notable victories for the Hornets throughout 2015 included a six-inning 15-3 victory at the ACC's Virginia, in addition to picking a 2-0 win over Villanova out of the Big East. In conference play, Delaware State went 14-4 to secure its second-straight MEAC North division crown, while six Hornets earned All-Conference honors (the most of any team), headlined by Vanessa Washington garnering Rookie of the Year recognition.
DSU, however, saw its season come to an end in the MEAC Tournament with back-to-back losses to No.2 Bethune-Cookman and No. 3 Hampton after beating No. 4 North Carolina A&T to open post-season play. Despite the loss, the Columbia Blue & Red finished 2015 second in the MEAC batting (.316 - 41st nationally), slugging (.455), on-base percentage (.372), runs (256 total | 5.89 runs per game - 44th nationally), hits (366), RBI (226), doubles (61) and total bases (527).
Before accepting the position, Mattia was a four-year softball standout at Virginia State, earning First Team All-CIAA honors in her final three seasons. As a senior, she amassed 600 career strikeouts, in addition to maintaining a 2.91 ERA and .421 batting average. With these numbers, she went on to receive CIAA Softball Player of the Year, CIAA Pitcher of the Week, Team Most Valuable Player and VSU Female Student-Athlete of the Year recognition.
Mattia is a native of Accokeek, Md., by way of Gwynn Park High School.