Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

SS PODCAST: OU softball champion Nicole Mendes on faith as guiding light, playing for bigger purpose

THIS IS THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
WITH JASON ROMANO, FEATURING NICOLE MENDES

Nicole Mendes is a two-time softball national champion with the Oklahoma Sooners. As the Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2017, she led the Sooners in batting average and stolen bases on the way to a Women’s College World Series title. After her junior year in 2019, Mendes had knee surgery and missed most of the 2020 season.

She returned to the Sooners lineup this past season as a redshirt senior, and helped lead OU to the 2021 World Series title. During the tournament, she hit .318 with five extra-base hits and scored a team-high eight runs. For her efforts, she was named to the All-WCWS Tournament team.

Mendes is also a member of the Mexican Olympic softball team and will be competing for a gold medal later this month in Tokyo, Japan.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Mendes about her faith in Christ, getting baptized and growing in her walk with the Lord. She also shares her emotions on winning a second national title with OU and preparing for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

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