Jessica Mendoza Plays First Games With USA Softball
June 11, 2001
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford's Jessica Mendoza, who is playing with one of two national softball teams, helped the USA Red team to two wins last weekend in the USA Softball Shootout. The USA Softball Shootout is a series of six games (three doubleheaders) with the USA Red versus the USA Blue at various locations on the west coast.
On Friday in Portland, Ore., the USA Red defeated the USA Blue 4-0 but lost the nightcap 2-1 in eight innings. In the opening game, which was Mendoza's first with USA Softball, she was hit by a pitch in the third and scored on a home run by Stacey Nuveman. The second game was scoreless until the eighth inning. The Red team rallied for its only run in the top of the eighth. It scored the first run of the game on Natasha Watley's RBI-single, and Mendoza followed with a base hit through the right side.
On Sunday in Spokane, Wash., the Red team pulled out a 2-1 win as Mendoza went 2-for-4 with a double. She led off the bottom of the third with a single through the right side. She stole second and scored on Amanda Freed's single. In the bottom of the sixth, Mendoza hit a two-out double to right center. It was her first double of the series.
In the second game at Spokane, the Blue team edged the Red 6-5 in a four-inning game that was called due to flight plans. Mendoza had a walk, stole second and later scored. She also had a sacrifice bunt in the game.
Stanford fifth-year head coach John Rittman is one of three coaches for USA Red, along with Kirk Walker and Jay Miller.
The USA Softball Shootout continues on Thursday, June 14 in Sacramento. Games are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.