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Danica Mercado
Player Profile:
Danica Mercado 818185
Position: Infielder
Height: 5'4"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Temecula, Calif.
High School: Great Oak HS
Club: So Cal Athletics
Experience: 2 Letters

CAREER STATS 

USA NATIONAL TEAM
Played second base on the USA Softball Junior National Team along with fellow Duck LHP Cheridan Hawkins in the summer of 2013...Helped the United States to a silver medal finish at the ISF Junior Women's World Championships in Brampton, Ontario...Hit a solo home run in her first game with the junior national team in a 7-0 win over New Zealand to open the tournament...Ended up hitting .500 while playing in four of the team's nine games at the tournament...Scored six runs while driving in three runs with a double, triple and the home run.

UPCOMING AS A JUNIOR
Will likely be Oregon's starting second baseman in 2016 but could play other positions due to the Ducks' tremendous depth of infielders.

AS REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE (2015)
Second Team Pac-12 All-Academic...Appeared in 53 games with 48 starts while hitting .345...Scored 38 runs on 41 hits with 42 RBIs and had six doubles with four homers and a .496 slugging percentage...Went 8-for-9 on stolen bases and maintained a .455 on-base percentage...Had a homer and went 3-for-3 in a win over Nevada on Feb. 8...Homered and doubled in a win at Utah on Mar. 22...Scored and had a hit in each of Oregon's super regional games against NC State...Started both games at the Women's College World Series. 

AS A SOPHOMORE (2014)
Redshirted her sophomore season after suffering a broken leg in preseason practices.

AS A FRESHMAN (2013)
Hit .211 in her first season with the Ducks while making 27 starts in 42 games played...Scored 17 runs while driving in five more..Drew four walks while going 3-of-6 on stolen bases.

HIGH SCHOOL
The four-year letterwinner at second base was an all-state pick in 2011 and an all-league choice from 2010-12...As a junior, she paced the team in hitting .522 (47 hits, five doubles, two triples and two home runs), and swiped 23 stolen bases...Likewise, as a sophomore she topped the squad in batting (.476 average, six doubles, three triples and two home runs) and stolen bases (16)...Her squad has won Southern Section and Southwestern League titles...was rated the No. 27 recruit in the nation in 2012 by ESPN.com, and sixth overall among infielders.

CLUB
Her So Cal Athletics club team won the 2011 18U Premier Girls Fastpitch tournament, and the 2010 ESPN Rise National Tournament...Earlier in her club career, her Victory USA club was the 2009 14U ASA National Champion, 2008 National Runner-up, and 2007 12U ASA National Champions.

PERSONAL
Parents are David and Jill...Has one younger sister, Mo, who plays softball at Arizona...Major is undeclared.

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