Olympian Jessica Mendoza To Sign Autographs At Stanford Softball Sunday

March 3, 2009

Stanford, Calif. - Former Stanford softball great Jessica Mendoza '02 will make an appearance at the Stanford softball game on Sunday. The two-time Olympic medalist will sign autographs following the Stanford-UC Davis game, which begins at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Mendoza is scheduled to sign autographs on the turf field behind Smith Family Stadium immediately following the game. Free commemorative Jessica Mendoza posters will be available for fans during the signing, while supplies last.

Mendoza made her second Olympic appearance in Beijing last summer, after becoming Stanford's first softball Olympian in Athens four years ago. Mendoza helped Team USA to a silver medal at the 2008 Games, helping the team win its first eight games of the tournament, most by considerable margins, and outscore opponents 58-5 over nine games. Mendoza started every game in left field and went 8-for-24 (.333) with two doubles, four homeruns and nine RBI.

In 2004, Mendoza helped Team USA capture gold, going 5-for-20 (.250) with five runs and five RBI.

Arguably the most complete softball player in the world, Mendoza has been one of the top run producers on the USA National Team since the 2001 season. On the squad's 60-game Bound For Beijing Tour last year, Mendoza was the team's top hitter with a .495 average, 25 doubles, 21 homeruns and 107 RBI. In 2006, she played a major role in the U.S. winning its first World Cup title and hit the game-winning homerun in the gold medal game of the World Championships.

At Stanford, Mendoza was a four-time first-team All-American and led the Cardinal to its first appearance in the Women's College World Series in 2001. She was named the 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year, and still holds Stanford career records for batting average (.416), hits (327), doubles (70), homeruns (50), runs (230) and stolen bases (86).

Admission to all Stanford softball games, including Sunday's Jessica Mendoza Autograph Day, is free of charge.

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