Jessica Mendoza To Compete At USA Softball Women's National Team Camp

Sept. 13, 2001

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. - Stanford's Jessica Mendoza has been selected as one the nation's fifty-two finest women's fast pitch softball players that will participate in the USA Softball Women's National Team Camp, September 27-30 at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. USA Softball will select a core group of athletes to return to the 2002 National Team Camp in May and will also select a team to represent the USA at the 2002 South Pacific Classic in Perth, Australia.

The players invited to the September camp are a combination of 2000 Olympic gold medallists, the two USA Softball teams that were fielded in 2001 (USA Red and USA Blue) and other top players from across the country.

Mendoza, who competed on the USA Red Softball Team this summer, made her mark in Stanford's all-time career record books with a memorable 2001 season. The All-American senior outfielder became the Cardinal's all-time hit leader last year and has 258 career hits during her time on The Farm. She enters this year as the school career record for stolen bases (57), home runs (36) and runs scored (165). The 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year was among the nation's leaders with a .405 batting average and 14 home runs. For the third straight year, Mendoza earned First Team All-American and All-Conference honors. She led the Cardinal with 24 multiple-hit games and also had a 12-game hitting streak earlier this year. Mendoza's .737 slugging percentage and .504 on-base percentage were also team-highs last season.

Head coach John Rittman will be also represent Stanford University, as he will be one of six coaches for the camp. Rittman guided the Cardinal softball team to its first appearance at the College World Series, going 2-2 to tie for third nationally . The Cardinal closed out the 2001 season with a school-best 54 wins (54-16-1) and finished 11-10 in the Pac-10.

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