April 19, 1999
BERKELEY, Calif. - The 13th-ranked California softball team starts the second half of the Pac-10 season with four consecutive home doubleheaders, beginning with this weekend's action against No. 1 UCLA and No. 4 Washington. The Bruins own a commanding lead in the Pac-10 race and have held in the top spot in the national poll all year. Cal lost a couple of close games to UCLA in Los Angeles March 27, falling, 4-3 and 3-1. Cal and Washington played just one game of their scheduled doubleheader in Seattle March 28, a contest the Huskies won, 2-1, in eight innings. The second game was rained out with the score tied a 0-0 in the top of the seventh inning. Washington plays three doubleheaders before facing Cal Sunday.
Saturday, April 24 UCLA (45-2, 12-2) 1:00 p.m. Levine-Fricke Field
Sunday, April 25 Washington (31-11, 7-6) 1:00 p.m. Levine-Fricke Field
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 476-266. 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.
Bears Beat Both Arizona, Arizona State on Road
Cal completed a 2-2 week on the road with doubleheader splits at third-ranked Arizona (4-2, 2-3) and No. 7 Arizona State (7-6, 0-1). Freshman P Jocelyn Forest picked up both wins for Cal to improve her record to 16-4 on the year. In the win over Arizona last Friday, senior DP Holly Yost hit a two-run homer to tie the game, and single runs in the fifth and seventh innings provided the final margin. The victory was Cal's first over Arizona in Tucson since the Bears swept a doubleheader there in 1991. Cal also won the first game at ASU Saturday, hitting three home runs in the process. 2B Lisa Iancin had a three-run shot, while Yost and 3B Candace Harper socked solo blasts. In the second game, sophomore P Nicole DiSalvio took the loss despite tossing a four-hitter.
Cal Breaks Offensive Drought in Arizona
After getting shut out in three consecutive games at home against the Oregon schools two weeks ago, the Cal players were beginning to wonder when their next run would come. Fortunately for the Bears, they re-discovered their hitting stroke in Arizona, batting a combined .291 with four doubles, four home runs and 13 runs scored. Cal came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Arizona Friday in game one. Although they lost the second game, the Bears still banged out 10 hits in a 3-2 loss. At ASU the next day, Cal pounded out three home runs in a 7-6 victory, then out-hit the Sun Devils, 6-4, in the nightcap.
Iancin Hits for Both Power and Average in '99
Junior 2B Lisa Iancin has been known as a strong hitter and steady fielder throughout her Cal career. She entered her junior season this spring with a career .316 average and completed the Pac-10 schedule last year without committing an error in the field. This season, she has added power to those numbers. Through 47 games, Iancin his batting .340 with a team-leading 12 doubles, five home runs and 29 RBI all career highs. She had 3 home runs all of last year and a total of 4 in her first two seasons with the Bears. Iancin's other previous bests were a .323 average in 1998, 7 doubles in '98 and 22 RBI in '97.
Freshman Forest Pitches Her Way to the Top
Starting with a three-hit shutout of New Mexico State in her first collegiate start, freshman P Jocelyn Forest has shown that she is one of the top pitchers in the country. Three months into her rookie season, Forest is 16-4 with a team-leading 1.06 ERA. She has 137 strikeouts in 132.0 innings (7.27/7 innings) and has thrown 12 shutouts (8 complete games, 4 shared). Forest has led Cal to a pair of tournament titles, going 3-0 in the National Invitational Softball Tournament and 1-0 at the Bank of Hawaii Invitational. She also has Cal's four Pac-10 victories this season, beating Stanford, Oregon, Arizona and Arizona St.
Sophomore P Nicole DiSalvio has already tossed two no-hitters (vs. San Jose State Feb. 3 and vs. Georgia Feb. 14) and nearly had a third at Hawaii March 19 when she did not give up a base hit until there was one out in the seventh inning DiSalvio, OF Pauline Due-as, 2B Lisa Iancin and OF Paige Bowie were named to the all-tournament team at the Hawaii Invitational Cal has won two in-season tournaments this year the National Invitational Softball Tournament in Sunnyvale and the Hawaii Invitational Sophomore OF Amber Phillips has picked up her power numbers this year with two doubles, five triples and four home runs; last year, she did not hit a homer and had only one triple Cal's three pitchers have combined to throw 19 shutouts.