Melendez Plays for Puerto Rican National Team

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MAYAGUEZ, Puerto Rico – Penn outfielder Jessica Melendez, a native of Miami, Fla., competed for the Puerto Rican National Softball Team in the 21st Central American and Caribbean Games hosted by Mayaguez, Puerto Rico last week. Going 4-3 during the week of July 18-Aug. 1, Puerto Rico placed fourth in the games in which 13 countries participated.

Melendez, a rising sophomore, competed in every contest, seeing time in right field, as well as a pinch runner. Puerto Rico won its first four preliminary games, topping El Salvador, 8-0, Netherlands Antilles, 2-0, Guatemala, 7-0, and Mexico, 12-0. In the rout over Mexico, Melendez went 1-for-3 at the plate, knocking in two runs and scoring one herself.

Unfortunately, after putting up 29 runs in the first four games, Puerto Rico managed just one more in the final three contests, falling to the Dominican Republic, 2-1, Venezuela, 2-0, and Guatemala, 1-0 in the medal round.

Defending champion Venezuela earned gold, the Dominican Republic silver, and Guatemala bronze.

In her freshman campaign at Penn, Melendez proved to be a solid defender in left field, starting 30 games. The first year hit .243 with a home run and owned a perfect fielding percentage in League play.