April 10, 2012
Wednesday, April 11
3 p.m. - No. 1 California (36-1) at Saint Mary's (15-19)
Cottrell Field - Moraga, Calif.
Series Record Versus the Gaels - 47-0
Last Meeting With SMC - W 9-1 In Five Innings (4/13/11)
Coverage: Live Stats, Twitter
Promotions: Free Admission, Free Parking
Just the Basics
The No. 1 California softball team makes the short trip over to Moraga, Calif., for a midweek match-up at Saint Mary's on Wednesday, April 11. The Golden Bears (36-1) and Gaels (15-19) will get underway at 3 p.m. at SMC's Cottrell Field. Admission and parking are free at Saint Mary's.
The Pac-12 continues to dominate the rankings with eight of the nine teams owning spots in both polls. Three of those eight teams are in the top 10 - No. 1 Cal, No. 3/4 ASU and No. 8/7 Washington - with No. 13 Arizona, No. 15/19 Oregon, No. 17/16 UCLA, No. 18/15 Stanford and No. 23/25 rounding out the competition. Cal is the only team to go undefeated in conference play over the first three weeks. Arizona State is not far behind, owning a 7-1 Pac-12 record. Oregon State (3-3) and Oregon (4-4) are tied for third, both sitting at an even-keeled .500. Washington (4-5) and Arizona (4-5) are tied for fifth.
Bear Quick Hits
Cal brings a 13-game winning streak into the match-up with Saint Mary's
The Bears swept Utah - by scores of 10-0 (5), 11-3 (5) and 12-3 (6) - last weekend
Diane Ninemire notched career wins 1,093-95 last weekend in Utah
In Salt Lake City, Danielle Henderson, Victoria Jones and Cheyenne Cordes all hit a team-high .571
Henderson slugged an unbelievable 1.857 with three homers and seven RBI
Over the three games, Cal outhit Utah 34-12 and outscored them 33-6
Additionally, the Bears played errorless ball while the Utes made seven errors
Cal Remains Atop National Poll Leader Board
The California softball team hold steady at No. 1 in the two national polls for the third consecutive week. The Golden Bears (36-1, 9-0 in the Pac-12) are the unanimous top pick in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and garnered 29 of the possible 30 first-place votes for top billing in the USA Today/NFCA poll. In the USA Today/NFCA poll, the Bears garnered 29 of the 30 first-place votes in this week's rankings. No. 2 Alabama (37-2) picked up the remaining first-place vote this week, despite dropping its second game on the year to previous No. 24 LSU (29-10). Cal, with 20 first-place votes, remains the top team in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top-25 poll. It marks the second-consecutive week that the Bears have swept the No. 1 votes. The Crimson Tide is still playing second fiddle to the Bears in this poll, as well.
Scouting Saint Mary's
Saint Mary's owns a team batting average of .283
Michelle Mounts (.387), Rebecca Sabatini (.339) and Brittany Sabatini (.318) pace the Gaels
Jessica Lemmon (8-8, 3.29 ERA) and Brittany Linton (6-7, 4.32 ERA) split pitching duty
Saint Mary's is coming off a 1-3 weekend in San Diego though the Gaels had 15 hits in their 11-1 win on Sunday
Last Time Against Saint Mary's
Almost exactly a year ago - on April 13, 2011 - Cal continued its dominance of the East Bay rivalry with Saint Mary's, downing the Gaels, 9-1. The Bears knocked in five runs in the bottom of the first and added two in the second to remain in control. Saint Mary's got on the board in the top of the fifth, but the Gaels would not have any more at bats thanks to an RBI single by Alex Robben to give the Bears the needed eight-run lead. Jolene Henderson earned the win, pitching the first four innings, striking out seven and giving up three hits. Arianna Erceg pitched the top of the fifth. Jessica Lemmon starter the game but lasted 0.1 innings before Audrianna Solari came in, allowing six earned runs. Ashley Decker paced the Bears in hits with two while Britt Vonk scored a team-high three runs. Victoria Jones led Cal with two RBI. In all, 15 Bears saw time on the field.
Later This Week on the Diamond
The rival Wildcats of Arizona come to town, beginning the three-game series Friday, April 13 at 3 p.m. Things continue with a special alumni day on April 14 at 1 p.m. The series closes April 15 at noon at Levine-Fricke Field.