Height: 5’6″ Bats: L Throws:RYears Pro: 4th year
Hometown: Camarillo, CA
2012 SEASON: Mendoza had a solid season in 2012 hitting .321, while smacking 5 HR and 19 RBI. Mendoza was also an at-large Nominee for the Combat All NPF Team.
PROFESSIONAL: In 2011: Named NPF MVP…Recognized as the Jenny Finch Award Winner…Had the 2nd best in the league batting average at .379 in the regular season…Had the 2nd most homeruns in the league with 10, breaking the USSSA Pride homerun record…Was 1st in the league in RBI with 35, breaking the USSSA Pride RBI record…Had the 3rd most walks in the league with 16, tying for the team lead…Stole the 2nd most bases in the league at 11…Had the 2nd best slugging percentage in the league at .690.Won an NPF Championship (2010). 2010: Returned to the NPF, joining the Pride…Had a .285 batting average…Had a .363 on-base percentage…Had a .523 slugging percentage…Had 7 homeruns. 2005: Debuted in the NPF, playing for the Arizona Heat…Made the All-Star Team…Had a .492 batting average…Had a .577 on-base percentage…Hit 8 homeruns.
NATIONAL TEAM EXPERIENCE: Joined the USA Women’s National Team in 2001…Won 2 Pan American Gold Medals (2003 and 2007)…Won 3 World Cup Championships (2006, 2007, and 2010)…Won 3 World Championships (2002, 2006, and 2010)…Won an Olympic Gold Medal (2004)…Won an Olympic Silver Medal (2008)…Named the USA Softball Female Athlete of the Year (2006)…Inducted in to the International Latin Sports Hall of Fame (2006)…Recognized as the Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year (2008)… 2010: Won the World Championship along with the USA National Team in Venezuela. 2008: Won an Olympic Silver Medal in Beijing, China…In the 60-Game Bound for Beijing Tour: Led the team with a .495 batting average…Led the team with 102 hits…Led the team with 25 doubles…Led the team with 107 RBI. 2004: Became an Olympic Gold Medalist in Athens, Greece where she started every game…Hit 5-for-20 (.250)…Had 5 runs…Hit for 5 RBI.
COLLEGE: Graduated from Stanford University in 2002…Recognized as an NFCA 1st Team All-American 4 times…Named to the 1st Team All-Pac 10 4 times…Named to the 1st Team All-Pacific Region 4 times…Named the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year (1999)…Named Pac-10 Player of the Year (2000)…Named Stanford Athlete of the Year 3 times…Owned the top 3 single season batting average records at Stanford when she graduated, as well as the career record with a .416 batting average…Held the single season records in hits, homeruns, runs, and stolen bases at Stanford when she graduated…Held career records at Stanford University in hits, doubles, homeruns, RBI, runs, and stolen bases when she graduated. SENIOR: Had a .367 batting average…Had 65 runs…Hit 14 homeruns…Had 44 RBI…Had a .471 on-base percentage…Had a .713 slugging percentage. JUNIOR: Led Stanford to their 1st NCAA Women’s College World Series Appearance… Had a .405 batting average…Had 70 runs…Hit 14 homeruns…Had 46 RBI…Had a .504 on-base percentage…Had a .737 slugging percentage. SOPHOMORE: Had a .475 batting average…Had 57 runs…Hit 13 homeruns…Had 41 RBI…Had a .527 on-base percentage…Had a .783 slugging average. FRESHMAN: Named the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.
PERSONAL: Born Jessica Ofelia Mendoza on November 11, 1980 to Gil and Karen Mendoza…Has 3 siblings, Alana, Elena, and Walt…Married to Adam Burks…Has a son, Caleb Ashton Burks … Received her Master’s in social sciences and education in 2003…Served as president of the Women’s Sports Foundation from 2009 to 2010…Visited Rwanda in March 2011 as a Global Ambassador for The Girl Effect.
“We’re perfectionists,” she said. “We expect to be good all the time. We just had to loosen up [in the sixth] and take a different perspective. I mean, you just look at all the people in the crowd and realize you’re playing professional softball for a living- it doesn’t get much better than that.”