February 9, 1999
Friday-Sunday, Feb. 12-14
at ASU Fiesta Bowl Tournament
Friday, Feb. 12
vs. Mississippi State
vs. New Mexico State
Saturday, Feb. 13
vs. Florida State
Sunday, Feb. 14
This Week in Cal Softball
Cal takes to the road for the first of two consecutive out-of-state tournaments as the Bears travel to Tempe, Ariz., for the ASU Fiesta Bowl Tournament Friday through Sunday. Cal will play six games over the three days, including first-ever match-ups with three Southeastern Conference schools - Mississippi State, Alabama and Georgia. Next weekend, the Bears go to Las Vegas for the UNLV Softball Classic Feb. 19-21.
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 445-252. 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.
Bears Open 1999 with Sweep of San Jose State
Cal jumped out to a 2-0 start to the 1999 season with a pair of 8-0 wins over San Jose State Feb. 3 on Levine-Fricke Field. In the opener, junior 2B Lisa Iancin socked a two-run homer in the first inning to lead a 10-hit attack. In the second game, senior C Megumi Takasaki homered to center field to back the three-hit pitching of senior Holly Yost and freshman Jocelyn Forest.
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."
Kirsten Drake to Try Fourth Position in Four Years
If ever there was a person on the Cal softball team who should be called a team player, that title should go to senior Kirsten Drake. A utility player in the true sense of the word, Drake is expected to be a starter at her fourth position in four year. As a freshman in 1995, Drake was Cal's starting shortstop, but she moved to second base with the arrival of Katie May a year later. After serving as Cal's starting right fielder as a junior, Drake sat out all of last season following shoulder surgery in June 1998. Now, she returns for her final campaign and is slated to start at first base.