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SACRAMENTO -- Sacramento State outfielder Suzy Brookshire is currently representing Mexico at the 2018 Women's Softball World Championship in Chiba, Japan.
The 16-team tournament, which began on Aug. 2 and runs through Aug. 12, serves as the first qualifier for the 2020 Olympics. The winner will punch its ticket to Tokyo in 2020, the first Olympic Games to include softball since 2008. As the host nation, Japan has already qualified for the 2020 Olympics, so if it wins this week's tournament, the second-place finisher will earn a bid.
Brookshire, who will enter her junior season at Sacramento State in the spring, was named the Big Sky Conference MVP a year ago after batting .371 while setting the program record with 18 home runs. She also helped the Hornets to a Big Sky championship and the team's first NCAA Tournament berth since 2008.
Brookshire has helped lead Mexico to a 4-2 record thus far at the event, and has started every game in the No. 5 position in the lineup. She has started games at right field, left field and catcher, and is currently batting .375 (6-for-16) with four runs scored, a homer and a 1.037 ops.
In fact, it was Brookshire that scored both runs today in Mexico's 1-0 victories over the Netherlands and New Zealand. Those two victories allowed Mexico to clinch a spot in the tournament's playoff round, which is set to begin on the 10th. In the 1-0 win over Netherlands, Brookshire doubled in the fifth inning and later came around to score on a wild pitch. In the 1-0 victory against New Zealand, Brookshire cranked an opposite field homer in the fourth.
Chiba, Japan is 16 hours ahead of Sacramento, and Mexico's final tournament game before the playoffs begin will take place against Chinese Taipei at 8:30 p.m. tonight Sacramento time.
Brookshire also played for Mexico in the International Cup last month in Irvine, Calif.
Despite playing just two seasons thus far for Sacramento State, Brookshire is first in school history in career slugging percentage (.775), second in home runs (33), third in on-base percentage (.452), fourth in batting average (.364) and fifth in RBIs (88).
For stats, results, standings, box scores and links to live video of every game, please click here for the tournament home page.