April 13, 1999
This Week in Cal Softball
The 14th-ranked California softball team continues its trek through the Pac-10 schedule with a pair of doubleheaders on the road. The Bears begin at No. 2 Arizona Friday night. The Wildcats own a 38-10 series lead and have won eight straight over Cal. The Bears then travel up the road to Tempe for a Saturday night twinbill at Arizona State. Cal and ASU split their four games last season, with each team sweeping on its home field. Overall, Cal owns a 34-20 all-time edge.
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 474-264. 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 Go 3-3 in Soggy Week
Cal opened last week with a doubleheader sweep of St. Mary's April 7, beating the Gaels, 2-1 and 9-0. In the second game, freshman P Jocelyn Forest nearly had a no-hitter, giving up just a fifth-inning single. Over the weekend, Cal and No. 12 Oregon played through a rainy Saturday and split their two games. The Bears batted around in both the first and second innings en route to a 9-1 win in game one. The second game was shortened to five innings, and this time the Ducks prevailed, 7-0. Sunday's scheduled doubleheader with No. 13 Oregon State was moved to Monday due to rain. The change in date, though, did not wake up Cal's bats as the Bears were shut out twice, 1-0 (11 innings) and 1-0.
Bowie Goes from Basketball to Softball with Little Trouble
Sophomore left fielder Paige Bowie missed the first 19 games of the softball season while completing her commitment to the Cal women's basketball team. She joined the softball squad one day after the basketball season ended, flying down to meet her softball teammates for a doubleheader at Cal Poly March 7. After leading the basketball squad in scoring with 11.9 ppg and earning first team Pac-10 All-Academic honors, Bowie has smoothly moved into her softball role, ranking second on the team with a .365 batting average (27-74). She has also taken over the leadoff spot in the order after hitting in the No. 6 position most of last year. As a freshman, Bowie was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick after batting .290.
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 43 games, Iancin his batting .349 with a team-leading 12 doubles, four home runs and 26 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 14-4 with a team-leading 0.71 ERA. She has 128 strikeouts in 118.0 innings (7.59/7 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 two Pac-10 victories this season, beating Stanford, 3-2, and Oregon, 9-1. She has allowed only one earned run in her last three starts against St. Mary's, Oregon and Oregon State.
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 Dueas, 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 a double, five triples and four home runs; last year, she did not hit a homer and had only one triple senior 1B Kirsten Drake (.383 BA, 2 HR, 12 RBI) returned to action last week after missing four weeks with a sprained knee Cal won 10 consecutive games from Feb. 28 through March 12 Cal's three pitchers have combined to throw 19 shutouts.