Softball Opens Practice Monday
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  01/12/2007

Jan. 12, 2007

BERKELEY - The California softball program begins its official team practices for the 2007 season on Monday, Jan. 15, on the Levine-Fricke Field.

"I'm really excited about the 2007 season," said Cal head coach Diane Ninemire, who returns to the dugout for her 20th season. "We have a wealth of experience returning and a corps of exciting young players. It should be a high octane offense which possesses a balance of power and speed. Even though inexperienced, our pitching staff is very talented and will hopefully give us a good season."

The Golden Bears return seven position starters, including lone senior Alex Sutton. Sutton posted a .352 batting average last season and ranked second on the team in doubles (12) and RBI (36).

The 2007 squad also features seven freshmen (Brittany LaRosa, Shannon Houston, Christina Schallig, Marissa Drewrey, Vernae Sevilla, Bernice Masaniai and Taylor Kelly), four juniors (Julie Meyer, Erika Racklin, Jessica Moore, and Katie Vickers) and four sophomores (Lauren Frankiewicz, Morgan Siegel, Carly Winger, and Gina Leomiti).

California begins the season at the Campbell-Cartier Classic Feb. 9-11, hosted by San Diego State. The Bears open with Kansas on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m., followed by San Diego State at 7 p.m. Cal concludes the competition versus Massachusetts (11:30 a.m.) and UC Santa Barbara (7 p.m.) on Feb. 10.

The Bears went 48-14 last season, advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals in Corvallis, Ore., and finished with a No. 9 national ranking. California has appeared in seven of the last eight NCAA College World Series and captured a championship in 2002.