April 17, 2007
Quickly The California Golden Bears (25-23, 2-7) take a quick break from league play when they travel to Sacramento State for an afternoon tilt versus the Hornets at 2 p.m., before hosting Pac-10 foes at Levine-Fricke field, beginning with Washington on Friday (3 p.m.) and two games versus UCLA on Saturday and Sunday. Both games are slated for 1:00 p.m.
Marketing Announces New Promotions for Fans The Cal marketing department announced its weekend promotions for weekend home games. Saturday Bear Den Days -- Join other Cal fans in the left field and be CRAZY! Gold pon-poms, gold rally towels and the Golden Bears - wear a gold t-shirt and you'll fit right in. Everyone wants to be in the Bear Den - come early, space is limited! Pizza Giveaways, Rally Towels, Biggest Growl Contest, pon-poms, T-shirt giveaways, and much more. On Sunday's its a chance to meet the Golden Bears up-close-and-personal with a cool autograph session after each Sunday Game. Bring your posters, bats, balls, caps or a jersey and have all your favorite players sign them. The marketing department also invites kids (and adults) to run the bases after each Sunday home game. Get right on the field and see if you can run all the way around and score!
Series Records, Washington/UCLA 411 Cal owns a 30-23 all-time series advantage over Washington, and won all three games over the Huskies last season. In fact Cal has won five of its last six meetings vs. UW. The Oregon State Beavers scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to upset 12th-ranked Washington softball, 5-4 Sunday afternoon at the OSU Softball Complex. Washington falls to 27-11 overall and 4-4 Pac-10. The Huskies posted a run in the top of the first when All-American Ashley Charters led off with a triple and was driven in by All-American Dominique Lastrapes. Charters triple marked the ninth of her career, which moves her into the No. 5 spot on the UW all-time list. Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie faced the minimum in the fifth and sixth frames but got into trouble in the seventh, giving up a leadoff single to Dani Chisholm before hitting the next three batters with pitches to bring a run in. Lawrie then gave up a two-run single through the right side to DeAnn Young to tie the game at 4-4 and trigger a UW pitching change. The Bruins of UCLA hold a 70-18 all-time series edge over the Golden Bears. The Bruins took two of three from Cal last season. UCLA collected nine hits including home runs from Jodie Legaspi and Lisa Dodd as UCLA defeated Oregon, 5-1, on Sunday (Apr. 15) in Eugene, Ore. UCLA improves to 28-11 (4-4 Pac-10) with the win. A Lisa Dodd home run with two outs in the top of the first inning opened the scoring on the day, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead after an inning of play. In the third, UCLA added another pair of runs on a Tara Henry single followed by a Krista Colburn home run, her fifth of the season, to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead. That was more than enough offense for Megan Langenfeld, who did not give up an earned run on the day, striking out a career-high eight batters and walking one on three hits.
California in the Polls Cal remained out of the ESPN/USA Softball Top 25 poll, but did collect three "receiving votes" in the latest poll released on Tuesday (Apr. 17). 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 Tennessee Lady Volunteers (47-2) extended their winning streak this week to 22 games and have now tied the record for consecutive weeks ranked at No. 1 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Poll after being voted as the top team in the country for a 10th consecutive week according to the latest poll released by the Amateur Softball Association. Tennessee joins Arizona, who was ranked No. 1 for 10 consecutive weeks back in 2004, as the current record holder. While there is no doubt who is the No. 1 team in the country, the next four spots continue to shuffle this week. Alabama (42-4), riding an eight-game win streak, moved back into the No. 2 slot which it last held on March 20th. Arizona (31-8) moved up a spot to No. 3 to garner its highest ranking since March 6, while Oklahoma (43-5) slipped two spots to No. 4 after a weekend split at Missouri (30-18). Missouri earned the voting panel's recognition, receiving 30 points after receiving only one in last week's poll. Baylor (39-9) moved up two spots this week to No. 7 after beating in-state rival Texas (28-13) in Austin on Wednesday and then sweeping Oklahoma State at home. The Lady Bears are the only undefeated team in conference play remaining in the Big 12 Conference. The Pac-10 Conference dominates the middle of the poll this week with UCLA (28-11), Washington (27-11), Oregon State (33-13), Oregon (37-8) and Stanford (27-12) ranked 12th-15th respectively. UCLA, Washington and Oregon State made moves up the poll while Oregon and Stanford both dropped four spots after being swept in conference play over the weekend.
On the Horizon Cal takes another conference break with a double-header at UC Davis on Apr. 25, before returning home to entertain Arizona State and Arizona, Apr. 28-29
Apr. 13-15 Notes
Apr. 13 ... Katie Burkhart tossed a one-hit shutout to help lift the No. 10-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils to an 8-0 win (in five innings) over the visiting California Golden Bears in Pac-10 action in Farrington Stadium on Friday night. ASU scored eight runs on seven hits, including a four-run first inning. Ashley Muenz provided the clutch hit in the inning with a three-run home run off of Cal starter, Lauren Frankiewicz, putting the Sun Devils up 4-0.
Apr. 14 ... Chelsie Mesa had three RBI and Caitlin Lowe scored two runs to help lead the No. 4-ranked Arizona Wildcats to a 6-4 win over the California Golden Bears on Saturday night. Katie Vickers and Julie Meyer both produced two hits each for Cal. Meyer also added a run and an RBI. Alex Sutton and Christina Schallig both had one RBI each. Cal unlocked a scoreless tie in the top of the third with a pair of runs to take an early lead. Meyer led off the inning with a double down the left field line off of Arizona starter Taryne Mowatt. Taylor Kelly then reached safely on a bunt single, which allowed Meyer to advance to third. Shannon Houston was inserted as a pinch runner for Kelly, and stole second base. Meyer would then score on wild pitch, putting the Bears up, 1-0. Three batters later, Schallig connected for a double to center field to plate Sutton, who reached on a fielder's choice, boosting the Cal lead to 2-0. Arizona cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom half of the inning as Mesa's double to right field plated Lowe. The Wildcats added three more runs in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead. Laine Roth drew a lead off walk and eventually scored on Lowe's RBI single. Mesa's double to left field scored two more runs for Arizona.
Apr. 15 ... The fourth-ranked Arizona Wildcats overcame a deficit and winds close to 40 mph to come away with a 5-2 win over the visiting California Golden Bears on Sunday afternoon. Just like Saturday's contest, Cal gained an early advantage over the Wildcats, this time putting a run on the board in the top of the fourth, courtesy of Christina Schallig's solo home run (her fourth of the season) off of Arizona starter Sarah Akamine. But just like Apr. 14, the Wildcats erased the deficit to take the lead right back. Adrienne Acton's RBI single in the bottom half of the fourth squared the game at 1-1. Arizona took a 3-1 lead with two more runs in the inning. The Bears cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the fifth when Alex Sutton belted a solo home run (her tenth of the year) over the left field wall.
`07 Team Quick Notes Diane Ninemire collected victory No. 880 after Cal's 9-1 win over Stanford on Apr. 7 ... the Bears are 20-6 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 on Apr. 13 was 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 437-169 (.721), including a 178-65 mark (.733) 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 seventh in hits (49), tenth in on-base % (.464) and seventh in walks (27) ... Morgan Siegel ranks tenth in stolen bases (13) and fourth in walks (29) ... Alex Sutton is sixth in the league in RBI (40), sixth in doubles (10), sixth in total bases (85), and fourth in home runs (10) ... Lauren Frankiewicz ranks sixth in strikeouts (140), tenth in wins (12), and seventh in innings pitched (146.0) ... Erika Racklin ranks No. 2 in sacrifice bunts (12) and eighth in stolen bases (14) ... Cal is third in runs scored (257), fourth in doubles (50), third in RBI (221), third in walks (147), and second in sacrifice flys (11)
'07 CALIFORNIA Player Notes
#00 Brittany LaRosa (Fr., Diamond Bar, CA): Has posted a 4-8 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 .247 batting average this season ... has scored 32 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 21 of her last 28 games ... she had a four-game hitting streak (Apr. 1-7), and has hit three home runs in her last five games ... hitting .324 this season with 29 runs, 10 HR (career-high for a season) and 40 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 ... had a run and an RBI vs. Arizona on Apr. 14 ... went 2-for-3 with a home run vs. Arizona on Apr. 15
#4 Shannon Houston (Fr., New Egypt, NJ): Has scored 19 runs this season ... has been primarily used as a pinch runner ... is 12-for-16 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 seven of her last 13 games ... currently hitting .240 on the season ... has five home runs, with 16 RBI and 19 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) ... went 2-for-3, including an RBI double and a run scored vs. Arizona on Apr. 14
#7 Christina Schallig (Fr., Carson, CA.): Leads the team with a .363 batting average ... has also scored 33 runs, while posting 35 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 ... had two hits and two RBI vs. Arizona (Apr. 14-15)
#8 Lauren Frankiewicz (So., Vienna, VA): Named to the NIST All-Tournament team (Mar. 9-11) ... has posted a 12-11 record with a 3.40 ERA and two shutouts this season ... leads the pitching staff with 140 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 4.56 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 .318 in conference play ... had a six-game hitting streak (Mar. 28-Apr. 6) ... has had at least one hit in nine of her last 14 games ... has posted a .277 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 .298 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 .264 with 35 RBI ... had six RBI Apr. 5-7 ... 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 ... had two hits, including a double, at Arizona, Apr. 14-15
#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 nine 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 ... scored a run vs. Arizona on Apr. 15
#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 .302 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 33 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 39 games with 91 plate appearances ... ranks second on the team with a .341 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 16 of her last 24 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