Mendoza and Beeson Named To USA Softball Squads

June 4, 2002

OKLAHOMA CITY, Ok. - Seniors Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.) and Sarah Beeson (Tucson, Ari.) have been selected to compete on two 2002 USA Softball squads. Mendoza joins the roster of the Women's World Championship National Team, while Beeson earned a spot on the Women's Elite Team.

In addition, Cardinal head coach John Rittman was named an assistant coach to the National Team squad. Rittman guided the Cardinal to its fifth straight NCAA Regionals appearance in 2002 and a 44-20 overall record.

Mendoza was awarded a spot on the 17-player National Team roster after participating in the Women's World Championship Tryout Camp last weekend in Chula Vista, Calif. The National Team is attempting to win an unprecedented fifth consecutive title at the ISF Women's World Championship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, July 26-August 4.

Mendoza turned in a tremendous final year for the Cardinal in 2002, garnering First Team All-America honors for the fourth straight season and starting 63 of the team's 64 games. Stanford's starting centerfielder led the club in the following offensive categories: runs scored (65), hits (69), triples (3), home runs (14), total bases (134), slugging percentage (.713) and stolen bases (29). In addition, Mendoza finished second in batting average (.367), doubles (17) and on base percentage (.471). Her RBI total of 44 ranks third on the Cardinal roster. Perhaps even more impressive are Mendoza's career numbers; she is currently the all-time Stanford leader in batting average, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, runs scored and stolen bases.

Beeson will be competing for the 17-player Elite Team, which will help prepare the World Championship team for the upcoming international events by competing in scrimmages and exhibition games prior to these events. The Elite Team will compete at the Canada Cup in Surrey, B.C., Canada, July 12-21.

Beeson completed her Cardinal career with yet another consistent season, earning All-America honors for the third straight year. The two-time All Pac-10 First Team selection and Academic All-District VII awardee led the team with a .376 batting average, and was tops in walks (33) and on base percentage (.474). She finished second on the team in hits (67) and RBI (45) and hit six home runs. Beeson led the club with a .291 batting average (16-55) in conference play, and was also first in hits (16), homers (3), RBI (12) and slugging percentage (.527).

The World Championship roster includes also includes: Arizona's Leah O'Brien-Amico, Jennie Finch, Nicole Giordano and Lovie Jung; Fresno State's Laura Berg and Nina Lindenberg; UCLA's Lisa Fernandez, Amanda Freed, Keira Goerl, Lyndsey Klein, Tairia Mims, Stacey Nuveman and Natasha Watley; Stanford's Jessica Mendoza; UNLV's Lori Harrigan; Oklahoma State's Michele Smith and Cal State Fullerton's Jenny Topping.

Players selected to the USA Softball Elite Team include: Alana Addison, Sarah Beeson, Crystl Bustos, Selena Collins, Courtney Dale, Lindsay Gardner, Missy Hixon, Kelly Kretschman, Gina Oaks, Catherine Osterman, Trena Peel, Kristen Rivera, Britni Sneed, Jamie Southern, Nichole Thompson, Mackenzie Vandergeest, and Kellie Wilkerson.

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