The Mavs are more confident than ever and that is in large part due to the mentality of the corner infielders.
Compiling 71 hits on the season, Mendoza is the Mavericks new single-season hits leader, passing Katie Jones 70 hits in 2007.
The Mavericks lead the all-time series with the Trojans 4-3, but are looking to avenge a two-game sweep by Troy in a weather-shortened series last season.
The Mavericks have won their last seven meetings with the Cardinals, dating back to 1986.
The Mavs sit 40th in the nation and second in the Sun Belt in winning percentage at .692.
2004: Started 31 games in the circle for UTA... made 34 appearances and tossed 22 complete games as UTA's starting pitcher... recorded eight shutouts in 191.0 innings pitched... compiled a 14-13 record and a 1.61 earned-run average.
2003: Named second-team all-SLC after 12-10 mark... tossed three complete-game shutouts...struck out 95 batters in 137.2 innings with five home runs and a 1.83 ERA... struck out a career-high 10 batters vs. McNeese State on Feb. 22.
Prior to UTA: Graduated from Smithson Valley High School in 2002... named to the All-District 27-5A first team for four years... named All-Greater San Antonio 4A MVP in 2002... earned Academic All-State honors and was named to the Texas Sports Writers Association All-State Team as a senior... a 4A Texas state softball finalist and Academic All-State selection the same year...named to the All-Greater San Antonio "Super Team" as a junior and senior... named to the UIL Class 4A All-State Tournament Team en route to earning MVP honors at the 4A Texas State Tournament... led her team to the 4A state championship title in 2001... as a sophomore, was named to Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State team and a first-team All-Greater San Antonio selection in 2000.... named to the second team all-district and All-Greater San Antonio teams as a freshman... listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students... earned National Scholar Recognition... an Academic all-district pick all four years in high school.
Personal: Born June 6, 1984... is the daughter of Kay and Arthur Garro... interdisciplinary studies major.