Softball Heads to the UNLV Softball Classic
February 16, 1999
Friday-Sunday, Feb. 19-21 at UNLV Softball Classic Las Vegas, NV Friday, Feb. 19 vs. Loyola Marymount 12:30 p.m. vs. UNLV 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 vs. Utah State 10:00 a.m. vs. Bowling Green 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21 vs. Cal Poly 12:30 p.m.
This Week in Cal Softball
After playing in the ASU Fiesta Bowl Tournament last weekend, the Bears stay on the road for the UNLV Softball Classic this week. Cal will play five games in three days, starting with Loyola Marymount and host UNLV Friday. After meeting Utah State and Bowling Green Saturday, the Bears will face Cal Poly Sunday before returning home. Last year, Cal went 4-1 in the UNLV tournament, including wins over Utah State (9-5) and UNLV (4-2).
Head Coach Diane Ninemire
Diane Ninemire, the winningest softball coach in Golden Bear history, is in her 11th year as head coach at Cal with a school and career record of 450-253. The 1991 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, she has led Cal to 10 NCAA Tournament berths and a pair of College World Series appearances (1992, '96). Ninemire is assisted by John Reeves, who is in his sixth season, and Teri Johnson, who is in her first.
DiSalvio Perfect in Season Opener
Sophomore right-hander Nicole DiSalvio couldn't have asked for a better start to the 1999 season. In pitching the first game of Cal's season-opening doubleheader against San Jose State Feb. 3, DiSalvio tossed a perfect game, shutting out the Spartans, 8-0, in a game shortened to six innings due to the mercy rule. She struck out three and did not allow a ball out of the infield. The perfect game was the ninth in Cal history and the first since Michele Granger tossed a perfect game in an 8-0 victory over Nebraska on March 21, 1993. The no-hitter was the 53rd ever at Cal and the first since Whitney Floyd performed the feat in a 1-0, 10-inning win over Oregon State on April 5, 1998.
DiSalvio continued her stellar pitching at the ASU Fiesta Bowl Tournament. In four games, she pitched 19 innings, allowed seven hits and did not give up a run. She even tossed her second no-hitter of the year in a 3-0 win over Georgia. For the season, DiSalvio is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA and opponents are batting just .085 against her.
Bears Go 5-1 in ASU Fiesta Bowl Tournament
Cal faced three ranked teams its first road trip of the year, and the Bears emerged with a 5-1 record at the ASU Fiesta Bowl Tournament in Tempe, Ariz., last weekend. The Bears opened with a 6-4 win over Mississippi State and a 7-0 shutout of New Mexico State. Cal then upended No. 21 Florida State, 4-0, before falling to seventh-ranked Texas, 6-3, despite forging a 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Bears wrapped up their play with a pair of shutouts, 2-0 over No. 19 Alabama and 3-0 over Georgia.
Bears Take to Road in February, March
Cal will play only three home dates during the first two months of the season, as the Bears are schedule to participate in four tournaments and five away doubleheaders. Other the Feb. 3 season-opener against San Jose State, Cal will only play at home on Feb. 28 against Santa Clara and on March 9 versus Tulsa during the months of February and March. The tournaments scheduled during that span are at Arizona State, UNLV, Hawaii and Sunnyvale for the National Invitational Softball Tournament.
May Gets First Jeff Kent Scholarship
Senior SS Katie May is the first recipient of the Jeff Kent Women Driven Scholarship for softball. Kent, a former Cal baseball player who now plays second base for the San Francisco Giants, organized an effort to raise money for Cal women's athletic scholarships based on his RBI total. In 1998, Kent knocked in 128 runs and personally donated more than $75,000 to Cal (Giants sponsors added to the total). May, who was honored along with the six other Kent scholarship winners before a Giants game last summer, was featured with Kent on the Fox Sports TV show, "In the Zone."
OF Amber Phillips hit her first career home run, a solo shot against Georgia Feb. 14 - Cal's pitching staff has thrown six shutouts in eight games Kirsten Drake is starting at her fourth position in four years after playing shortstop as a freshman, second base as a sophomore, right field as a junior and now first base as a senior - through 8 games, six players are batting .400 or better, including 1B Kirsten Drake (.476, 10-21), C Megumi Takasaki (.474, 9-19) and 2B Lisa Iancin (.462, 12-26).