May 17, 2007
Berkeley - Senior Alex Sutton of the California Golden Bear softball team earned second-team all-conference honors, while teammates Gina Leomiti, Bernice Masaniai, Christina Schallig and Vernae Sevilla landed honorable mention nods on the 2007 Pac-10 all-conference team announced today by the league office.
A second-team choice last year, Sutton (Morgan Hill) enjoyed one of her finest seasons in a Cal uniform in 2007. She was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Apr. 10, and owned a ten-game hitting streak from Mar. 3-Mar. 14. Sutton is currently hitting .296 (in all 63 games), with 34 runs, 11 home runs and 45 RBI - all career-highs for a season. She produced a .417 batting average in the Stanford series, including four runs, five RBI and two home runs (Apr. 5-7). She hit the game-winning three-run home run in the fifth inning at Stanford on Apr. 5, and notched a two-run home run as part of a five-run second inning for Cal in the series finale vs. the Cardinal on Apr. 7. Sutton launched her 11th home run of the season versus Oregon on May 11. She ranks eighth in the league in RBI, third in doubles (13) and eighth in home runs. For her career Sutton has tallied 181 hits, 111 RBI, 108 runs in 240 career games.
Leomiti (San Diego) also yielded a successful season for the Bears. The sophomore is tied for the team lead in batting average (.343), while adding 26 RBI and 23 runs in 54 games played. She even had a seven-game hitting streak from Mar. 9-14. Leomiti hit .500 at the Bank of Hawaii Invitational (Mar. 14-17), and went 3-for-5 with an RBI vs. Baylor on Mar. 14, while producing three hits with two runs and two RBI vs. Nevada on Mar. 17. She went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run at Washington on May 5.
Masaniai (Stanton) had a successful freshman campaign playing in a variety of roles for Cal. She was named Pac-10 Player of the Week (Mar. 20) and had a 12-game hitting streak (Mar. 9-Mar. 23) -- fourth longest in the league this season. Masaniai, who has posted a .294 average with 35 runs and 33 RBI this season, went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and a run vs. Baylor on Mar. 14 and went 3-for-4 with three doubles and two RBI vs. Nevada on Mar. 17. She scored three runs and belted her tenth home run of the season at Washington on May 5.
Schallig (Carson) added plenty of pop in the line up for Cal this season, registering a .343 batting average (tied for team-best) while adding 37 runs and 39 RBI. The freshman boasted a nine-game hitting streak (Feb. 18-28) and has had 11 multi-hit games since Mar. 10. Schallig delivered the game-winning three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning in Cal's 6-5 come from behind win over Northern Iowa on Mar. 11. She went a productive 4-for-5 with a run scored vs. Baylor on Mar. 14. She went 2-for-3 with two home runs, four RBI and two runs at Pacific on Mar. 28. She had two hits with three RBI, two runs, and a home run at UC Davis on Apr. 25.
Sevilla (Rancho Cucamonga) excelled in conference play and proved to be a tough out for opposing pitchers. The freshman went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI at Oregon on Mar. 30 and went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in the sixth inning versus Stanford on Apr. 6. She produced Cal's lone hit of the afternoon versus No. 7 Arizona State -- however it was the difference maker as her two-out solo home run just made it over the left field wall in the fifth inning giving the Golden Bears a 1-0 upset victory over the Sun Devils on Apr. 28. Sevilla notched a key two-run single in the sixth inning to give the Bears a 3-1 lead over Oregon on May 12.
The top conference award winners included Arizona State's outfielder Kaitlin Cochran, who was named the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year. Her fellow teammate, Katie Burkhart, was named Pitcher of the Year. Oregon freshman Jennifer Salling was named Newcomer of the Year and Arizona center fielder Caitlin Lowe received Defensive Player of the Year honors. Coach of the Year was awarded to Arizona's Mike Candrea.
Cal captured its 22nd straight postseason berth after the NCAA Division I Softball Committee announced the 64-team field on Sunday, May 13. Cal will begin postseason play in the Tuscaloosa Regional, May 18-20 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Bears (33-30) are seeded third and will face Florida State (44-23) on Friday at 3:30 p.m. CT.