Olympian Jessica Mendoza To Sign Autographs At Stanford Softball On March 20

March 12, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. - Former Stanford softball great Jessica Mendoza '02 will make an appearance at the Stanford softball games on Saturday, Mar. 20 as the Cardinal hosts the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic (Mar. 19-21). The two-time Olympic medalist will sign autographs following Stanford's double-header with Princeton and Saint Mary's, which begins at 2:30 p.m.

Free commemorative Louisville Slugger Jessica Mendoza posters will be available for fans during the signing, while supplies last.

Mendoza made her second Olympic appearance in Beijing in 2008, after becoming Stanford's first softball Olympian in Athens during the 2004 Games. Mendoza led Team USA to a silver medal in Beijing, 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 home runs 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 in 2008, Mendoza was the team's top hitter with a .495 average, 25 doubles, 21 home runs 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 home run 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), home runs (50), runs (230) and stolen bases (86).

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

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