Pac-12 alum Jessica Mendoza makes history on ESPN
After breaking softball records at Stanford University, ESPN anchor Jessica Mendoza made history again on Monday night when she joined Dallas Braden and Dave O'Brien in the booth of the Cardinals-Diamondbacks game and became the first woman ever to call a Major League Baseball game for the network.
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Before joining ESPN as a broadcaster, Mendoza impressed down on The Farm as a member of the Stanford softball team. She owns a .416 career batting average with 50 home runs and 327 hits - all Stanford records. Mendoza was also a first-team All-American all four years.
After graduating with a degree in American Studies, she went on to become one of the best softball players in the game. She won two medals (one gold, one silver) on the United States olympic team and three more gold medals at the world championships in 2002, 2006, and 2010. She retired from playing in 2014.
Mendoza is no stranger to making history. After joining ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" in 2014, she became the first woman to call a College World Series game last year. When she's not shattering glass ceilings on ESPN, she can be found calling softball games for the Pac-12 Networks.
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