Feb. 28, 2006
Date: Thursday-Sunday, March 2-5
Place: Honolulu, Hawaii
Scheduled opponents: Mississippi Valley State, Florida International, Mercer, UC Riverside and Hawaii
ON DECK FOR THE GOLDEN BEARS
The No. 8/9 Cal softball team (10-2) is scheduled to play five games in the first three days at the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament this week against opponents including Mississippi Valley State, Florida International, Mercer, UC Riverside and Hawaii. Sunday will feature bracket play.
BEARS IN THE POLLS
After picking up three wins last week - vs. San Jose State and two against Sacramento State - the Bears are ranked No. 8 in the most recent ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and No. 9 in the USA Today/NFCA rankings from Feb. 22.
CAL'S OPPONENTS IN HAWAII
Mississippi Valley State, a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference has gone 0-10 so far this season. Florida International (6-9) is a member of the Sunbelt conference. The Panthers went 2-3 in their Golden Panthers adidas Invitational, with wins over Notre Dame and St. John's.
Mercer (4-6) enters tournament play after losses to Jacksonville State and Auburn. The Bears compete in the Atlantic Sun conference. UC Riverside is 7-2 on the season, with the two losses coming against UCLA and Nevada. Saint Mary's and San Jose State are among the teams the Highlanders have defeated.
Hawaii, which hosts this week's tournament, is 7-6 on the season. The Rainbow Wahine, who are led by Brandi Peiler's .351 batting average, have losses against Texas-Arlington and Southern Utah as well as Tennessee and Oregon.
Cal's seniors lead the Bears in nearly every offensive category - with catcher Haley Woods pacing the Bears in slugging percentage (.868), RBI (15), doubles (6), home runs (4) and total bases (33). She is tied with freshman Carly Winger in runs scored (11). Left fielder Lindsay James leads Cal in batting average (.457), on base percentage (.486) and hits (16).
NEW BEARS MAKE THEIR MARK
Cal has been getting a great deal of its offensive production from a group of first-year Bears. Freshman Morgan Siegel is second in batting average (.429) and third in on base percentage (.455). Sophomore transfer Katie Vickers is second in RBI (7) and fourth in hits (11) and total bases (16). Freshman Carly Winger is tied with Haley Woods for the lead in runs scored (11). She is second for Cal in slugging percentage (.676) and total bases (25), and third in hits (14) and RBI (6).
WOODS STILL CLUTCH FOR CAL
Senior catcher Haley Woods has remained true to her role as power hitter this season, providing steady offensive production for the Bears. In Cal's three wins last week, Woods went 5-for-9 (.556), finishing with six RBI, two doubles, three runs and one home run to help Cal improve to 10-2 on the season.
The Burlingame, Calif., native has recorded at least one hit in all but two of the Bears' 12 games, including six doubles and four home runs. She has 15 RBI and 11 runs.
COUNTING ON CARLY
Freshman shortstop Carly Winger has been consistent for the Bears since the season opener. Winger, a native of Orlando, Fla., has had a hit in all but three of Cal's 12 games. Winger is tied with Haley Woods for the lead in runs scored (11). She is second for Cal in slugging percentage (.676) and total bases (25) and third in hits (14) and RBI (6). After 12 games, Winger has scored 11 runs, tallied six RBI, hit three doubles, one triple and two homers.