15 Vanessa Renae Leija
15 Vanessa Renae Leija
Height: 5-4
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Milpitas, Calif.
High School: Milpitas
Position: INF

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2011: Started in 14 games as a first-year player at Santa Clara and nine more as a sub … started nine games at third base and four others as the designated player … totaled 41 at-bats and had four hits … had hits in back-to-back early-season games at the Colorado State Classic in Fort Collins against Northern Illinois (Mar. 5) and Colorado State (Mar. 6).

HIGH SCHOOL: Starred at Milpitas High School as a four-year letterwinner ... 2008 and 2007 first team all-league honoree and 2009 second team all-league performer ... has played softball since she was seven years old ... travel ball teams included Renegades, Sizzle, Heat and the Aces.

PERSONAL: Born in Santa Clara, Calif ... daughter of Andy and Mary Leija ... has two older siblings, Michael and Teresa ... also enjoys biking, shopping and the TV show Grey's Anatomy ... Business Management major.