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Oklahoma's Nicole Mendes (ACL) To Miss Start Of 2020 Season

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Oklahoma senior outfielder Nicole Mendes will miss the start of the 2020 season with an ACL injury, Sooners head coach Patty Gasso announced on Tuesday.

Mendes, who has a career batting average of .357 through three college seasons, has been a starter at Oklahoma since her freshman year. Last season, Mendes posted a .348 batting average with 48 hits, 39 RBIs and six home runs. She helped the Sooners reach the championship series at the 2019 Women's College World Series, where she was named to the All-Tournament team.

During her career at Oklahoma, Mendes has also contributed in the circle, pitching in 27 games and posting a 2.47 ERA. She is one of just three Sooner seniors on this year's team, along with Giselle Juarez and Shannon Saile.

Mendes also helped the Mexican national softball team qualify for the 2020 Olympics back in August. She is set to become an Olympian in Tokyo this coming July.

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