April 10, 2007
Quickly The California Golden Bears (25-20, 2-4) have won two of their last three games and will take that momentum to the desert this weekend when they face Arizona State on Friday, Apr. 13 at 7:00 p.m., before playing two games at Arizona, Apr. 14-15. The Cal-ASU game will be televised on a tape-delay basis on Fox Sports Bay Area on Sunday, Apr. 15 at 11:00 a.m.
Breaking News: Sutton Earns Pac-10 Player of the Week Senior Alex Sutton of the California softball team was selected as the Pac-10 Softball Player of the Week for the period ending Apr. 9, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced on Tuesday (Apr. 10). This is the first Player of the Week honor for Sutton, who was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection last season. It is also the 59th Player/Pitcher of the Week all-time for California. Sutton was the hero on Thursday night at Stanford when her fifth inning three-run home run off of Missy Penna lifted the Bears to a 3-0 win over the Cardinal and help snap Cal's losing streak at six games. The win was also Cal's first Pac-10 victory. Sutton had another productive day at the plate in the series finale when she belted a two-run home run as part of a five-run second inning in Cal's 9-1 win over Stanford. Cal won the series, taking two of three games from its Bay Area Rival. For the week, Sutton hit .417 (5-for-12) with three runs scored, two home runs and five RBI.
Series Records, Arizona State/Arizona 411 Cal owns a 52-32 all-time series advantage over the Arizona State Sun Devils. Cal took 2-of-3 from ASU last season, with both wins in Tempe. Arizona, however, leads its series with Cal, 60-20. The Wildcats took 2-of-3 from the Bears in 2006. Cal defeated Arizona 5-1 in Berkeley last year. For the third consecutive game, the No. 7 Sun Devil Softball team fell in a 1-0 loss off of an unearned run, as they dropped their second game Saturday night to in-state rival, the No. 5 Arizona Wildcats at Hillenbrand Stadium in Tucson. The Sun Devils are now 36-10 overall and 2-3 in Pac-10 play while UA rises to 28-8 overall and 4-1 in conference play. In an old fashioned Pac-10 pitching duel, the game saw Katie Burkhart throw a four-hit complete game, with seven Wildcat strikeouts on the night, but Arizona's Taryne Mowatt bested the battle on the night as she had a two-hit complete game shutout with 10 Sun Devil K's. Burkhart is now 18-8 on the year with Mowatt improving to 21-8. The victory keeps sixth-ranked Arizona atop the Pac-10. In three career games against ASU, Mowatt has not allowed any runs and has given up just five hits in 21 innings pitched. Mowatt struck out 10 Sun Devils and did not allow a walk, and totaled 21 strikeouts in the two games against just one walk. Additionally, she pitched to just three batters over the minimum over the two contests. Mowatt's work in the circle just edged her counterpart Katie Burkhart (18-8) who was the tough-luck loser for the second consecutive day, drawing another one-run loss off of an unearned run. However, Burkhart's fielding played a role in UA's second-inning score that proved to be the difference.
California in the Polls Cal remained out of the ESPN/USA Softball Top 25 poll, but did collect six "receiving votes" in the latest poll released on Tuesday (Apr. 10). The Bears were picked to finish in a sixth place tie according to the annual Pac-10 softball preseason coaches poll released in January. Both California and Washington garnered 18 points to earn the sixth place tie. Last season's NCAA Champion, Arizona, was picked to win the conference after collecting five first place votes and 47 points overall. UCLA was a close second, earning 45 points and three first place votes. Arizona State earned the third place nod with 35 points. Oregon State was picked fourth with 32 points, followed by Stanford (fifth) with 21 points. Oregon rounded out the poll with eight points
Top 25 Poll News The weather this past week may have kept some teams from playing but it wasn't enough to stop No. 1 Tennessee (42-2) from stretching its current winning streak to 18-games with a three-game sweep of SEC Eastern Division rival Georgia. It was the first time a team from the SEC had swept a three-game series from Georgia in Athens since LSU accomplished the feat in 2001, helping Tennessee secure its spot in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 15 Collegiate Poll. No. 2 Oklahoma (41-4) and No. 3 Alabama (40-4) both joined Tennessee in the 40-win club this past week as they swept their respective conference series. The Sooners have already surpassed their win total from last season (40) and are one win away from matching their wins from last year's Big 12 season with nine games remaining in the conference season. No. 4 Arizona (28-8) moved back into the top five this week after sweeping a two-game series against arch rival Arizona State. The Wildcats posted back to back shutouts against one of the top hitting teams in the country to solidify their position in the top five. The Southeastern Conference and Big 12 each have three teams in the top 10 this week while the Pac-10 and Big 10 have two teams each in the top 10. The Pac-10 still leads all conferences with teams ranked in the Top 25 with seven of the eight Pac-10 teams appearing in the poll this week. The Big 12 is second with four while the SEC and ACC are tied for third with three each.
On the Horizon Cal takes a break from league action when it travels to Sacramento State on Apr. 18 at 2 p.m., before resuming Pac-10 play vs. Washington on April 20 and UCLA on Apr. 21-22 in Berkeley.
Apr. 5-7 Highlights
Apr. 5 ... Senior Alex Sutton's fifth inning three-run home run over the right field wall in Smith Family Stadium helped boost California to a 3-0 win over Bay Area rival Stanford on Thursday night. The victory snapped the Golden Bears' six-game losing streak, and gave them their first Pac-10 win of the season. It was just the second loss for Stanford at home this season. Lauren Frankiewicz collected her first victory in the circle since Mar. 23, allowing three hits with five strikeouts in seven innings of work
Apr. 6 ... The tenth-ranked Stanford Cardinal spoiled California's Pac-10 home opener with an 8-6 win over the Golden Bears on Friday evening in Levine-Fricke Field. Stanford grabbed the early momentum of the contest when it posted two runs off of Cal starting pitcher Marissa Drewrey in the top of the first inning Rosey Neill had the clutch hit in the frame when her double plated both Shannon Klopitz and Alissa Haber, giving the Cardinal a quick 2-0 lead. Both Klopitz and Haber drew walks in their respective at bats. Cal stormed right back in the bottom half of the inning to take a 4-2 lead courtesy of a Katie Vickers grand slam off of Stanford starting pitcher Missy Penna. Alex Sutton reached on an error by the Cardinal short stop Klopitz, and advanced to second courtesy of an Erika Racklin sacrifice bunt. After Christina Schallig struck out swinging, Gina Leomiti drew a walk, which was followed by Bernice Masaniai's single to left field to load the bases. Then Vickers drove Penna's offering over the center field wall to give the Bears the upper hand. It was Vickers' third home run of the season and first career grand slam. Vickers had three home runs last season. The Cardinal, however, regained the lead, 5-4, after a three-run second inning. Haber was involved once again, this time with her bat as her triple to left field scored Jackie Reinhart and Tricia Aggabao to knot the score at 4-4. Koplitz later produced a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Haber, putting Stanford back on top.
Apr. 7 ... The California Golden Bears flexed their offensive muscle, generating nine runs on 11 hits, including three home runs to defeat Stanford, 9-1 (six innings) in the series finale in Levine-Fricke Field on Saturday afternoon. Cal took two-of-three from the Cardinal. The win also gave 20th year head coach Diane Ninemire career victory No. 880. The Bears received another solid pitching effort from sophomore Lauren Frankiewicz as she improved her record to 12-9 on the season after allowing one run on five hits in six innings of work. Frankiewicz also earned the win in the circle in Thursday's 3-0 win at Stanford. Alex Sutton produced two hits on four plate appearances including a two-run home run in the second inning. It was her ninth home run of the 2007 campaign, and second in her last three games. Julie Meyer connected for her fifth home run of the year after her blast over the center field wall plated two runs. Bernice Masaniai also got involved in the home run department as she connected for her sixth of the season - a solo shot in the third inning. After a scoreless first inning, Cal exploded for five runs (all with two outs) in second inning to seize the early momentum. Gina Leomiti drew a lead off walk and would later advance to second after Katie Vickers grounded out to Tricia Aggabao. Leomiti then moved to third on a passed ball, before producing the game's first run after Cardinal starting pitcher Becky McCullough's pitch rolled to the backstop.
`07 Team Quick Notes Diane Ninemire collected victory No. 880 after Cal's 9-1 win over Stanford on Apr. 7 ... the Bears are 20-4 when scoring first this season, and an impressive 22-2 when leading after four innings ... the 18 runs scored by the Bears vs. Liberty on Mar. 23 were the most runs scored since 1993 when Cal defeated Stanford 22-2 ... Cal posted back-to-back come from behind victories over Iowa State and Northern Iowa (Mar. 10 and 11) ... the Bears pounded out 71 hits from Mar. 9-14 ... Also in that span, Cal produced 47 runs and 42 RBI ... Cal had at least one home run from Mar. 9-15, a span of seven straight games ... Cal produced 40 hits from Mar. 17-23 ... the Bears drew a season-high nine walks vs. UConn on Mar. 9 ... the Bears had a season-high 18 hits vs. Baylor on Mar. 14 ... Cal equaled its highest RBI output (14) vs. Liberty on Mar. 23 ... Cal recorded a season-high seven stolen bases vs. Liberty on Mar. 23 ... the Bears have been involved in 14 games this season that have been called due to an implemented run rule -- Cal is 9-5 in such games ... Cal has outscored its opponents 97-69 in the first two innings this season ...Vernae Sevilla is hitting .467 in league play ... Bernice Masaniai had a team-best 12-game hitting streak (Mar. 9-23) ... Alex Sutton had a ten-game hitting streak (Mar. 3-14) Sutton was also named the Muscle Milk Student Athlete of the Week (a Cal student athlete honor) on Apr. 9 for her performance in the Stanford series ... Erika Racklin scored 16 runs from Mar. 9-23 and has seven multi-hit games from Mar. 9-23 as well
Cal on TV Cal's match-up at Arizona State will be televised (on a tape delay basis) on Fox Sports Bay Area on Sunday, Apr. 15 at 11:00 a.m.
Sutton Drafted by New England Riptide Senior Alex Sutton was selected in the third round by the New England Riptide in February's National Professional Fastpitch draft. Players selected in the NCAA draft will be permitted to pursue any available roster spot on their assigned team after completing their college season, according to league bylaws.
"The NPF showcases the nation's best softball players, and the draft gives us the opportunity to tap into the elite softball talent from the college level and bring it to our fans," said newly appointed NPF Commissioner Cheri Kempf. "We are excited at the prospect of adding the hottest college players to our teams and bringing even more electricity to our 2007 season."
Sutton, who hit .352 as a junior and was team was announced this season as one of 50 players on the Amateur Softball Association's Top-50 Preseason Watch List for Player of the Year honors, joins other Golden Bear alumnae, Jocelyn Forest and Lisa Iancin on the Riptide squad. "She's a welcome addition to the Riptide rebuilt outfield," said Riptide General Manager Joe Adlman. "We're happy we were able to draft her when we did."
Led by Forest, New England captured the 2006 NPF Championship. Forest was named MVP of the series, pitching all 16 innings of the playoffs without allowing a run and striking out 15. The NPF season begins in June.
Sutton on Player of the Year Watch List Senior Alex Sutton was announced as one of 50 players on the Amateur Softball Association's Top-50 Preseason Watch List for its sixth annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award released in January.
The 2007 Preseason Watch List is comprised of 50 players representing 33 schools and 11 different NCAA Division I Conferences. A complete list of the players with photos and links to their collegiate bios can be found in the "College Corner" on the USA Softball website -- www.usasoftball.com.
Sutton hit a personal-best .352 last season, led Cal in on-base percentage (.464) and finished second on the team in slugging percentage (.497), RBI (36) and doubles (12).
The ASA will announce the 25 finalists on April 4 (Sutton did not make it on the finalist ballot). A player does not have to appear on the initial watch list to be considered as a Top-25 finalist, but once the Top-25 is named the remaining finalist must be selected from that list. Just days before the start of postseason play, a list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 9. The final three finalists will be announced May 23 while the winner of the 2006 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of the 2007 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.
The `07 Schedule The 2007 California softball schedule has the Golden Bears traveling throughout the country, facing 18 opponents that made postseason appearances in the 2006 season. Of those 18 opponents, 14 finished the season ranked in top-25 national polls (ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA). The 2007 schedule also includes 15 home games at Levine-Fricke Field, including 11 Pac-10 Conference match-ups.
In Other News... Jennifer Deering was hired as an assistant coach at Boston University this season. A member of the 2002 national championship team, Deering most recently served as the head varsity softball coach at Piedmont High School. In her first season at the helm, Deering led the 2006 Piedmont softball team to its first Bay Side Athletic League championship in thirteen years. The team also earned its first-ever North Coast Sectional first place seeding. Deering was named the East Bay Coach of the Year by the Oakland Tribune after the team went 19-4 in her tenure. Deering's responsibilities as an assistant will include working with the pitching staff and spearheading BU's recruiting efforts.
The Ninemire Effect No coach in the history of California athletics has won more games than Diane Ninemire (880). Since her first year in the dugout in 1988, Ninemire has continually taken the Bears to new heights as one of the winningest and most successful softball programs in the nation, especially over the past eight seasons. Under the guidance of Ninemire, California has earned a place among the nation's elite. With a national championship, nine Women's College World Series trips, and 19 straight NCAA Regional appearances to her credit, it is no wonder that Cal enters every season as a national contender.
Since the 1999 season, California is an impressive 437-166 (.725), including a 178-62 mark (.742) over the last three seasons. Since 1999, Ninemire's teams have won at least 48 games each year, including five 50-win seasons.
Since Ninemire's tenure at Cal, 34 All-America, 80 all-region, and 129 all-conference certificates have been issued to Golden Bear athletes. Two of Ninemire's former players - Michele Granger and Gillian Boxx - were four-time All-Americans and helped the United States to win a Gold Medal as members of the 1996 Olympic Team in Atlanta.
The 2006 campaign was no different in terms of success. With a roster that had lost four, four-year starters, Ninemire assembled a group that produced 48 wins, an appearance in the NCAA Super Regional, and a final No. 9 national ranking. The veteran coach logged her 850th career victory on May 13 with a 10-inning victory over Washington.
Pac-10 Leaderboard Christina Schallig ranks No. 10 in batting average (.373), third in RBI (33), sixth in hits (47), ninth in on-base % (.478), and fourth in walks (27) ... Morgan Siegel ranks seventh in stolen bases (13) and No. 2 in walks (29) ... Alex Sutton is sixth in the league in RBI (38), fifth in doubles (10), fifth in total bases (80), and fourth in home runs (9) ... Katie Vickers is eighth in RBI (25) ... Lauren Frankiewicz ranks sixth in strikeouts (131), tenth in wins (12), and sixth in innings pitched (136.2) ... Erika Racklin ranks No. 1 in sacrifice bunts (12) and sixth in stolen bases (14) ... Cal is third in runs scored (251), third in doubles (47), third in RBI (216), third in walks (142), and second in sacrifice flys (11)
'07 CALIFORNIA Player Notes
#00 Brittany LaRosa (Fr., Diamond Bar, CA): Has posted a 4-7 record and two shutouts this season ... in her collegiate debut vs. Kansas (2/9) LaRosa allowed just two hits in five innings of work for her first complete game and shutout ... she scattered four hits in seven innings for her second win and shutout vs. UCSB on 2/10 ... From Feb. 18-20 (6.1 innings pitched) LaRosa gave up just one run on two hits and two strikeouts ... LaRosa collected the win vs. Delaware State on Mar. 2 after recording a season-high six strikeouts ... pitched the first three innings and gave up just one hit at UNLV on Mar. 3 ... Collected her first career save in Cal's 3-2 win over Loyola-Chicago on Mar. 7, allowing just one hit with a pair of strikeouts in three innings of work
#2 Morgan Siegel (So., Anitoch, CA): Has posted a .250 batting average this season ... has scored 31 runs and has recorded 13 stolen bases ... had five stolen bases in from Feb. 18-23 ... has been issued a team-high 29 walks ... went 1-for-3 with a pair of runs in the season-opening win against Kansas (2/9) ... went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the 6-1 win over San Diego State (2/9) ... went 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI vs. Florida International (2/18) ... scored two runs vs. Utah State (2/18) ... hit .545 from Feb. 20-25 ... went 2-for-2 with two runs vs. Notre Dame on Feb. 23 ... scored two runs vs. Ohio State (2/24) and three runs vs. Maryland (2/25) ... scored a total of four runs with a stolen base at the UNLV Invitational, Mar. 2-4 ... logged three walks and a stolen base at the Bank of Hawaii Invitational, Mar. 14-17 ... scored two runs and had a stolen base vs. Liberty on Mar. 23 ... hit .375 in the Stanford series (Apr. 5-7) with three hits and two runs
#3 Alex Sutton (Sr., Morgan Hill, CA): Named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Apr. 10 ... Named the Muscle Milk Athlete of the Week (a Cal student-athlete award) on Apr. 9 ... had a ten-game hitting streak (Mar. 3-Mar. 14), and has at least one hit in 20 of her last 25 games ... she currently has a four-game hitting streak (Apr. 1-7), and has hit two home runs in her last three games ... hitting .328 this season with 27 runs, nine HR (career-high for a season) and 38 RBI (career-high for a season) ... has drawn 16 walks ... has a .983 fielding percentage ... went 3-for-3 with three runs and four RBI vs. Utah State on Feb. 18 ... Sutton broke out in a big way at the Palm Springs Classic, Feb. 23-25 ... she blasted a grand slam in the first inning to help lift Cal to a 7-5 win over Notre Dame (2/23)... the next game Sutton delivered two solo home runs vs. Oklahoma State ... despite suffering a tough 10-7 loss to Ohio State (2/24), Sutton helped keep Cal in the contest with four RBI ... also recorded a 1.133 slugging percentage, hit 10 RBI, and scored three times in the tournament ... delivered a clutch hit in the top of the seventh inning when her single thru the left side scored Christina Schallig to put Cal up 5-4 at UNLV on Mar. 3 ... went 1-for-3 with three RBI, including a two-run home run in the fifth inning vs. UConn (Mar. 9) ... went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI vs. Ea. Illinois on Mar. 10 ... went 2-for-4 with three runs and three RBI, including a two-run home run in the seventh inning in Cal's 15-5 win over Iowa State on Mar. 10 ... went 2-for-4 with a run vs. Northern Iowa in Mar. 11 ... hit .389 in the Bank of Hawaii Invitational (Mar. 14-17) ... went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and a run scored vs. Baylor on Mar. 14 ... connected for her seventh home run of the season with a two-run shot at Hawaii on Mar. 14 ... went 1-for-3 including an RBI double that scored two runs in the second inning vs. Nevada on Mar. 16 ... went 2-for-5 with two runs vs. Liberty on Mar. 23 ... had two RBI and an a double vs. Louisville on Mar. 24 ... hit .417 in the Stanford series, including four runs, five RBI and two home runs (Apr. 5-7) ... hit the game-winning three-run home run in the fifth inning at Stanford on Apr. 5 ... 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
#4 Shannon Houston (Fr., New Egypt, NJ): Has scored 19 runs this season ... has been primarily used as a pinch runner ... is 11-for-15 in stolen bases ... had two stolen bases with a run scored at San Diego State (2/9) ... recorded three stolen bases and went 1-for-1 with three runs and two RBI vs. Florida International (2/18) ... scored a run vs. Ohio State (2/24) and went 1-for-1 vs. Maryland (2/25) ... scored a pair of runs at the UNLV Invitational, Mar. 2-4 ... produced a .375 batting average with four runs and three RBI from Mar. 7-11 ... went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI including a key hit which unlocked a 5-5 tie to score Bernice Masaniai and Gina Leomiti vs. Iowa State on Mar. 10 ... scored a run vs. Michigan on Mar. 23 and had a stolen base and a run vs. Liberty also on Mar. 23 ... scored a run vs. Stanford on Apr. 7
#6 Julie Meyer (Jr., Yardville, NJ): Has had at least one hit in six of her last 10 games ... currently hitting .227 on the season ... has five home runs, with 15 RBI and 18 runs scored ... scored three runs in two games (Feb. 18-20) ... went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored in the season-opening win vs. Kansas (2/9) ... went 1-for-2 with two runs vs. St. Mary's on Feb. 20 ... scored a run in Cal's 9-4 win over Santa Clara on Feb. 28 ... connected for her second home run of the season with a three-run shot over the left field wall in the second inning in Cal's 3-2 win over Loyola-Chicago on Mar. 7 ... hit a solo home run vs. Baylor on Mar. 14 ... went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI vs. Nevada on Mar. 16 ... hit .364 at the Women 4 Women Softball Invitational (Mar. 23-25) ... went 2-for-4 with a run vs. Liberty on Mar. 23 ... hit her fourth HR of the season vs. Northwestern on Mar. 25 ... had an RBI at Oregon (Mar. 30) ... had a double at Oregon State (Apr. 1) ... belted a two-run home run in the second inning in the series finale vs. Stanford on Apr. 7 (finished the game 2-for-3 with a run, a double, and two RBI)
#7 Christina Schallig (Fr., Carson, CA.): Leads the team with a .373 batting average ... has also scored 32 runs, while posting 33 RBI ... owned a nine-game hitting streak (Feb. 18-28) ... has had eight multi-hit games since Mar. 10 ... went 3-for-4 with a run scored in the 6-1 win over San Diego State (2/9) ... went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run vs. Florida International (2/18) ... scored two runs vs. Utah State (2/18) ... went 1-for-1 with four RBI vs. St. Mary's on Feb. 20 ... hit a team-best .571 from Feb. 20-25 ... went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI vs. Ohio State (2/24) ... went 1-for-1 with two runs and two RBI vs. Maryland (2/25) ... went 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBI in Cal's 14-6 win over Delaware State on Mar. 2 ... scored what would be the game winning run in the in the top of the seventh in Cal's 5-4 win over UNLV (3/3) ... went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI vs. Iowa State on Mar. 10 ... 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 ... went a productive 4-for-5 with a run scored vs. Baylor on Mar. 14 ... went 2-for-4 with two runs vs. Nevada on Mar. 17 ... went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs vs. Michigan on Mar. 23 ... drew four walks and scored twice vs. Liberty on Mar. 23 ... went 2-for-3 with two home runs, four RBI and two runs at Pacific on Mar. 28 ... went 2-for-3 with a run scored vs. Stanford on Apr. 7
#8 Lauren Frankiewicz (So., Vienna, VA): Named to the NIST All-Tournament team (Mar. 9-11) ... has posted a 12-9 record with a 3.02 ERA and two shutouts this season ... leads the pitching staff with 131 strikeouts ... had 23 strikeouts from Feb. 14-23 ... had 30 strikeouts from Feb. 28-Mar. 4 ... allowed just one run, which came in the sixth inning, in the 6-1 win over San Diego State on Feb. 9 ... earned the win against Notre Dame (2/23) after striking out three in 6.2 innings of work ... picked up the victory at UNLV with seven strikeouts ... went 3-0 with 2.13 ERA and 31 strikeouts from Mar. 7-11 ... allowed one run on five hits with seven strikeouts for her fifth win of the season vs. Iowa on Mar. 9 ... recorded a season-high 10 strikeouts for her sixth win vs. Eastern Illinois on Mar. 10 ... allowed one run on six hits with nine Ks vs. Northern Iowa ... recorded nine strikeouts and allowed just four hits for her ninth victory in Cal's 1-0 win over Liberty on Mar. 15 ... collected her 10th win of the season after allowing four hits with six strikeouts in 3.2 innings of work vs. Liberty on Mar. 23 ... tossed a three-hit complete game shutout in Cal's 3-0 win at Stanford on Apr. 5 ... allowed just one run on five hits in Cal's 9-1 series finale win over the Cardinal on Apr. 7
#11 Marissa Drewrey (Fr., Oakdale, CA): Is 9-4 with a 4.64 ERA ... despite suffering the loss to UMass (2/10), Drewrey was still impressive in her first collegiate start, allowing just one run on two hits with a strikeout in six innings of work ... had three strikeouts vs. St. Mary's on Feb. 20 ... went 3-1 from Feb. 20-25 ... picked up the win after allowing one run on four hits in 3.2 innings of work vs. Maryland (2/25) ... registered the win vs. Santa Clara on Feb. 28 ... compiled a 2-0 record with a 2.00 ERA from Mar. 7-11 ... alllowed one run on four hits in six innings of work for her seventh victory of the season vs. Iowa State on Mar. 11 ... recorded a solid outing for her eighth win of the season (nine hits, one run, four strikeouts) vs. Nevada on Mar. 16 ... registered a season-high six strikeouts to help Cal defeat Nevada for a second straight time on Mar. 17
#12 Vernae Sevilla (Fr., Rancho Cucamonga, CA): Hitting .429 in conference play ... had a six-game hitting streak (Mar. 28-Apr. 6) ... has had at least one hit in nine of her last 11 games ... has posted a .295 batting average this season ... had a five-game hitting streak from Feb. 18-23 ... had three hits, two runs, and an RBI at the Campbell-Cartier Classic ... went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the season-opener vs. Kansas (2/9) ... went 2-for-2 with three RBI and a run scored vs. Utah State on Feb. 18 ... had an RBI vs. Notre Dame (2/23) ... had two hits vs. Oklahoma State (2/23) ... went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored vs. Delaware St. (3/2) ... went 1-for-4 with an RBI vs. Iowa on Mar. 9 ... went 1-for-3 with a run scored at Hawaii (3/14) ... went 2-for-4 with three RBI and notched her first career home run vs. Liberty on Mar. 23 ... went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI at Oregon on Mar. 30 ... went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in the sixth inning vs. Stanford on Apr. 6 ... scored a run vs. the Cardinal in Cal's 9-1 victory in the series finale on Apr. 7
#13 Erika Racklin (Jr., Pittsburg, CA): Hitting .317 this season ... scored 16 runs from Mar. 9-25 ... also had seven multi-hit games in that span ... produced two hits and a run scored at the Campbell-Cartier Classic ... had a stolen base a scored the game's first run in the 2-0 win over UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 10 ... scored a run vs. San Jose State on Feb. 14 ... went 3-for-3 (season-best) with two runs vs. Maryland on Feb. 25 ... hit .348 for the week Feb. 28-Mar. 4 with seven runs, three RBI and a triple ... went a productive 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBI with a stolen base vs. Santa Clara on Feb. 28 ... went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI vs. Delaware State (3/2) ... went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs at UNLV on Mar. 3 ... hit .400 with five runs scored, Mar. 7-11 ... went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs vs. Northern Iowa on Mar. 11 ... hit .316 at the Bank of Hawaii Invitational (Mar. 14-17) ... went 3-for-5 with five runs scored vs. Baylor on Mar. 14 ... went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs vs. Nevada on Mar. 17 ... hit .500 at the Women 4 Women Softball Invitational (Mar. 23-25) ... went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI vs. Michigan on Mar. 23 ... had three hits on five plate appearances with three runs and two stolen bases vs. Liberty on Mar. 23 ... went 1-for-2 with a run at Oregon State on Mar. 31
#16 Katie Vickers (Jr., San Diego, CA): Hitting .257 with 35 RBI ... has six RBI in her last two games ... opened the season with a five-game hitting streak (Feb. 9-14) ... has had two six-game hitting streaks (Feb. 18-24 and Mar. 9-Mar. 14) ... was real active at the plate at the Campbell-Cartier Classic, with five hits, three RBI, and a run scored ... was 2-for-3 and had an RBI single in the sixth inning to plate Shannon Houston to put Cal up 2-0 vs. Santa Barbara (2/10) ... went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs vs. Utah State (2/18) ... hit her first home run of the season (a two-run shot) vs. St. Mary's on Feb. 20 ... hit .368 from Feb. 20-25 ... went 2-for-2 with an RBI vs. Oklahoma (2/24) ... hit a first inning grand slam and finished 2-for-3 with five RBI vs. Maryland on Feb. 25 ... went 1-for-4 with two runs and an RBI vs. Delaware State on Mar. 2 ... had an RBI vs. Iowa State on Mar. 10 ... had an RBI vs. Baylor on Mar. 14 ... went 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs vs. Liberty on Mar. 23 ... connected for her second career grand slam in the first inning in Cal's 8-6 loss to Stanford on Apr. 6 ... produced a two-run single in the sixth inning in Cal's 9-1 win over the Cardinal on Apr. 7
#17 Carly Winger (So., Orlando, FL): Hit the walk-off home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to seal a 9-1 victory over St. Mary's on Feb. 20 ... is hitting .267 this season with eight runs scored ... owned a four-game hitting streak (Feb. 25-Mar. 3) ... hit .300 from Feb. 20-25 with four runs, two home runs and two RBI ... hit a solo home run vs. Oklahoma on Feb. 24 ... had an RBI vs. Iowa on Mar. 9 ... had two hits vs. Eastern Illinois on Mar. 10 ... scored a run at Oregon on Mar. 30
#21 Bernice Masaniai (Fr., Stanton, CA): Named Pac-10 Player of the Week (Mar. 20) ... had a 12-game hitting streak (Mar. 9-Mar. 23) ... hitting .317 with 26 runs and 24 RBI this season ... had a five-game hitting streak (Feb. 18-23) and had nine RBI from Feb. 18-28 ... posted three hits with an RBI and a run scored at the Campbell-Cartier Classic ... went 1-for-3 including the season's first RBI that scored Morgan Siegel in the first inning vs. Kansas (2/9) ... went 2-for-3 including a three-run home run vs. Florida International on Feb. 18 ... scored two runs vs. Utah State on Feb. 19 ... went 2-for-3 vs. SMC on Feb. 20 ... went 2-for-3 with an RBI vs. Oklahoma State (2/23) ... went 1-for-3 with two RBI vs. Maryland (2/25) ... hit .400 with seven runs, four RBI and two home runs from Mar. 7-11 ... went 2-for-4 with three runs and a double vs. UConn on Mar. 9 ... went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run vs. Eastern Illinois on Mar. 10 ... went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI and a home run vs. Iowa State on Mar. 10 ... hit .526 at the Bank of Hawaii Invitational (Mar. 14-17) ... went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and a run vs. Baylor on Mar. 14 ... hit a solo home run (her fifth) in the second inning to give Cal a 1-0 victory over Liberty on Mar. 15 ... went 3-for-4 with three doubles and two RBI vs. Nevada on Mar. 17 ... had two hits vs. Michigan on Mar. 23 ... had three RBI and two runs vs. Liberty on Mar. 23 ... hit her sixth home run of the season when her solo shot cleared the center field wall vs. Stanford on Apr. 7
#23 Taylor Kelly (Fr., Santee, CA): Has played in 30 games this season and has five stolen bases, 10 runs and 13 RBI ... had two hits with a run scored and an RBI at the Campbell-Cartier Classic ... went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored vs. Kansas on Feb. 9 ... went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI vs. Utah State on Feb. 18 ... went 1-for-3 with a run and RBI vs. Santa Clara on Feb. 28 ... had her best game of the season by going 4-for-5 with five RBI vs. UConn on Mar. 9 ... scored two runs vs. Eastern Illinois on Mar. 10 ... scored a run vs. Nevada on Mar. 16
#45 Gina Leomiti (So., San Diego, CA): Has played in 36 games with 84 plate appearances ... ranks second on the team with a .357 batting average ... had a seven-game hitting streak from Mar. 9-Mar. 14 and a five game hit streak from Mar. 16-23 ... she has had at least one hit in 14 of her last 18 games ... came up with the season's first big hit when her two-out double in the second inning scored three runs in Cal's 8-0 victory over Kansas (2/9) ... had a solid game vs. Delaware State (3/2) with three hits on four plate appearances, two RBI and a run scored ... scored three runs vs. UConn on Mar. 9 ... went 4-for-5 with three runs and an RBI on Mar. 10 vs. Iowa State ... had two hits vs. Northern Iowa on Mar. 11 ... hit .500 at the Bank of Hawaii Invitational (Mar. 14-17) ... went 3-for-5 with an RBI vs. Baylor on Mar. 14 ... went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI vs. Nevada on Mar. 17 ... had two hits vs. Michigan on Mar. 23 ... had a double, run, and RBI vs. Liberty on Mar. 23 ... went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in the first inning at Oregon State on Mar. 31 ... was walked twice and scored two runs vs. Stanford on Apr. 6 ... went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI vs. the Cardinal on Apr. 7