|Full name||Jessica Ofelia Mendoza|
November 11, 1980 |
Camarillo, California, USA
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|College team||Stanford Cardinal|
Jessica Ofelia Mendoza (born November 11, 1980) is an American, former collegiate 4-time First Team All-American softball player and sportscaster of Mexican descent originally from Camarillo, California. She played at Stanford University from 1999-2002, and was a member of the United States women's national softball team from 2004-2010. Mendoza wears the #2, plays outfield and owns numerous Cardinal records.1234
Mendoza, a graduate of Adolfo Camarillo High School, was named Los Angeles Times "Player of the Year" in 1998. During her junior and senior year, she was named Camarillo High School "Female Athlete of the Year." Mendoza was also a member of the high school basketball team and was the team MVP in both her junior and senior years.5
Mendoza began her career as a 1999 First Team All-American and All-Pac-10 honoree.6 Included with her recognition, she was named conference "Newcomer of The Year." She broke the Cardinal records for season batting average and RBI totals while ranking top-10 for her hits.
On March 6 in defeating the Illinois State Redbirds, Mendoza hit a single game career high 4 hits off pitchers Corey Harris, Tammy Millian and Jamie Bagnall.7 Later that month, for the week of March 8, she was named National Fastpitch Coaches Association "Player of The Week" after hitting .631 (12/19) with 11 RBIs, 4 home runs, a triple and two doubles for a slugging percentage of 1.473.8
The sophomore's season saw her again earn First Team citations for the NCAA Division I and the Pac-10.9 She added conference "Player of The Year" to her collection and broke her own record for batting average with a then school and career best .474 statistic, which also led the NCAA.10 She also claimed new records for hits, home runs, doubles, slugging and stolen bases, which all still rank top-10 for a season at Stanford.11
February 19 through March 22, 2000, Mendoza went on a school record 20 consecutive game hit streak. She batted .561 (32/57) to accompany 15 RBIs, 4 home runs, doubles and base on balls, striking out just once with a slugging of .842.
Mendoza continued her success for the Cardinal with her third All-American and All-Pac-10 citations.12 She posted top-10 season records in virtually every category, still currently ranking second in home runs and stolen bases.13
For the March 14 week, she earned NFCA "Player of The Week" recognition for her performance of .461 (12/26) with 4 RBIs, three home runs, a double, three walks and a .846 slugging.
Mendoza helped lead Stanford to their first ever Women's College World Series appearance. The Cardinal were ousted on May 27 by the Arizona Wildcats despite wins over California Golden Bears and LSU Tigers.14 The outfielder, however, was named to the All-Tournament Team for hitting .250 with an RBI and a double to her credit. It was her only appearance at the series.
For a final season, Mendoza earned First Team citations for both conference and the NCAA.15 With her fourth straight honor from the NCAA, Mendoza joined elite company as only the fifth player to accomplish the feat then. That year she also tied her home run record and ranked top-10 in almost every other category.16
The week of March 4, she was named NFCA's "Player of The Week" for a third time. She had hit .647 (11/17) with a home run, 5 doubles and 1.117 slugging. Later that season on May 8 with a 10-2 victory over the San Jose State Spartans, Mendoza drove in a career best 6 RBIs, 4 coming off her 50th career home run swing with Carol Forbes pitching.17
In her four years Mendoza currently holds the career records in average, hits, home runs, slugging, runs and stolen bases. Her career doubles (ranked 5th in the NCAA all-time), triples, RBIs and walks are still top-10 records.18 She was named the Stanford Athlete of the Year three times.19 She was also named Pac-10 Player of the Week three times, a top 25 finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, and the Speedline Invitational Tournament MVP.20 Mendoza graduated from Stanford with a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences and Education.21
In 2004, Mendoza was a starting outfielder for Team USA at 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Prior to the tournament, Mendoza hit .380 on the "Aiming For Athens" tour with 42 RBIs and 10 home runs.22 On August 14, Mendoza had two hits and two RBIs with a triple vs. Italy.23 She repeated her performance on August 19 against host Greece, with a double in that game.24 Team USA won the gold medal on August 23, Mendoza was shut out by Australia.25 Overall she went 5/20 (.250) scoring five times herself and hitting in 5 RBIs with a .400 slugging.
In 2008, Mendoza was again an outfielder for Team USA and led in almost every category on the "Bound 4 Beijing" Tour. She hit .495 with 107 RBIs and a .971 slugging.26 At the Beijing Olympic Games, she drove in 4 RBIs vs. Chinese Taipei on August 14.27 In the finale, Mendoza was again shut out and her team won the silver medal, losing to Japan on August 21.28
In addition, straight out of college, Mendoza went directly onto the US team. In 2003 and 2005, she was a gold medalist at the Pan American Games. She also won the silver medal at both the World Cup and Japan Cup. In 2006, Jessica was named the USA Softball "Female Athlete of the Year." She played for Team USA in the World Cup again in 2007, this time bringing home that gold medal. She went 11/18 with a double, three home runs, and 16 RBIs. Mendoza won the ISF Women's World Championship, hitting .500 with 5 home runs and 16 RBIs. In 2008, she was named to the Canada Cup All-Star Team. Mendoza declined an invitation to play for the US in 2011 to focus on National Pro Fastpitch.29
Mendoza joined the National Pro Fastpitch in 2005 with the Arizona Heat. She hit a league best (though in limited playing time) .491 her rookie year.30 After returning from maternity leave and a role with Team USA, Mendoza signed with the USSSA Pride.31 In her two season with the Pride, Mendoza hit .284 and .377 respectively. The same two years her teams made the Cowles Cup Championship, winning the title in 2010. Mendoza was shutout vs. the Chicago Bandits's trio of Kristina Thorson, Nikki Nemitz, and Jessica Sallinger.32 In the other finale, Mendoza was 2/4 with a double off Monica Abbott in a rematch with the Bandits who ultimately won 10-3 on August 21.3334 Once again Mendoza and the Pride made the Cowles Cup Championship but lost to the Chicago Bandits. Mendoza was shutout but walked twice.35
A daughter of Karen and Gil Mendoza, Jessica has one brother, Walt, and two sisters, Elena and Alana. Her father played football for 4 years for Fresno State University. Mendoza is married to Adam Burks and they have two sons named Caleb Ashton and Cayden Adam.
- NCAA Division I softball career .400 batting average list
- NCAA Division I softball career 50 home runs list
- http://www.nbcolympics.com/athletes/athlete=127/bio/ NBC Olympics Bio
- http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/03/sports/olympics/biomendoza.html NY Times
- http://www.nikeusmedia.com/olympics/Jessica-Mendoza_55.html Nike Media
- http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/sports/17727849.html Philly
- JMendoza.com (Official Site)
- Interview on "Role Models" from CaptainU