Softball Team Returns to Road
March 1, 1999
Saturday, March 6 at UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 1:00 p.m. Sunday, March 7 at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA 1:00 p.m.
This Week in Cal Softball
California returns to the road this week when the Bears visit UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly over the weekend. Cal has played 17 games so far, and all but four of them have been away from Levine-Fricke Field. In fact, the Bears host only one doubleheader the entire month of March (March 9 vs. Tulsa), meaning that more than 30 of their first 36 games this season will be on the road. Cal is 8-3 all-time against UCSB, but has not faced the Gauchos since 1988. The Bears defeated Cal Poly, 7-3, on Feb. 21 at the UNLV Softball Classic and own an 11-5 series lead.
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 456-256. 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 Swept at Pacific, Win Two Over Santa Clara
Cal lost a pair of 2-1 decisions at Pacific last Saturday, with the first game extended to nine innings. The Bears broke on top in the first inning of game one with UOP on 1B Kirsten Drake's second home run of the season. However, Cal managed only four more hits the rest of the game. On Sunday, the Bears pounded out 11 base hits, including five for extra bases, in a 7-0 game one victory over Santa Clara. P Holly Yost tossed a one-hitter, striking out nine. In the second game, Cal won, 4-0, behind 3 RBI by 2B Lisa Iancin and the two-hit pitching of freshman Jocelyn Forest.
DiSalvio Tosses Perfect Game, No-Hitter in February
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.
DiSalvio continued her stellar pitching at the ASU Fiesta Bowl Tournament. In four games, she pitched 19 innings, allowed seven hits and did not give up a run. She even tossed her second no-hitter of the year in a 3-0 win over Georgia. For the season, DiSalvio is 4-2 with a 0.68 ERA. She has struck out 20 and walked just five in 41.1 innings of work.
Bears Put Up Big Offensive Numbers
After batting just .265 last season with two players hitting over .300, Cal is off to a much better start at the plate in 1999. Through 17 games, the Bears are batting .317 as a group, and seven starters are hitting .300 or higher. Amber Phillips tops the team with a .395 average (17-43), while 1B Kirsten Drake is at .391 and SS Katie May is batting .370.
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 17 games, Iancin his batting .345 with a team-leading three homers and 13 RBI. She had three home runs all of last year and a total of four in her first two seasons with the Bears. Iancin hit her most recent homer against Santa Clara last Sunday, a two-run shot the provided Cal's final runs in a 4-0 victory.
OF Amber Phillips hit her first career home run, a solo shot against Georgia Feb. 14; she added a second homer against Loyola Marymount Feb. 19 Cal's pitching staff has thrown nine shutouts in 17 games Kirsten Drake is starting at her fourth position in four years after playing shortstop as a freshman, second base as a sophomore, right field as a junior and now first base as a senior freshman P Jocelyn Forest has 55 strikeouts in 40.0 innings, an average of 9.63 per game Senior P Holly Yost is off to the best start of her career with a 5-0 record and a 1.63 ERA Cal batters are striking out an average of just 2.2 times per game, while Bear pitchers are striking out opponents at a 5.9 per game pace Sophomore UT Pauline Dueas returned last week after missing three weeks following a hernia operation.