February 1, 1999
Wednesday, Feb. 3 San Jose State at California Levine-Fricke Field 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 Alumnae Game Levine-Fricke Field 2:00 p.m.This Week in Cal Softball
California opens the 1999 season with a home doubleheader against San Jose State Wednesday at 1 p.m. on Levine-Fricke Field. The Bears swept the Spartans in a twinbill in San Jose last year by scores of 5-0 and 7-0. In the second game, pitchers Holly Yost and Nicole DiSalvio combined on a two-hitter. Overall, Cal leads the series, 30-5.
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 443-252. 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 Take to Road in February, March
Cal will play only three home dates during the first two months of the season, as the Bears are schedule to participate in four tournaments and five away doubleheaders. Other than Wednesday's games against San Jose State, Cal will only play at home on Feb. 28 against Santa Clara and on March 9 versus Tulsa during the months of February and March. The tournaments scheduled during that span are at Arizona State, UNLV, Hawaii and Sunnyvale for the National Invitational Softball Tournament.
1998 Recap - Cal Earns 13th Straight NCAA Regional Berth
Cal finished the 1998 season with a 35-27 overall record and a 12-14 mark in the Pac-10 (fourth place). The Bears made their 13th consecutive appearance in an NCAA Regional - the longest on-going streak in the Pac-10 - when they placed third in a regional held in Fresno. In that tournament, Cal beat Cal State Northridge in the opening round, but fell to both Fresno State and Minnesota. Second baseman Lisa Iancin led the Bears in hitting with a .323 average and was voted second team All-Pac-10 and first ream all-region. Other Bears to earn postseason honors who are returning for this season include: OF Paige Bowie - honorable mention All-Pac-10, 2nd team Pac-10 All-Academic; OF Maiko Bristow - 2nd team Pac-10 All-Academic; P Nicole DiSalvio - honorable mention All-Pac-10; SS Katie May - honorable mention All-Pac-10; UT Valerie Nicklas - 2nd team Pac-10 All-Academic; C Megumi Takasaki - 2nd team Pac-10 All-Academic; and P/DP Holly Yost - 1st team Pac-10 All-Academic.
May Gets First Jeff Kent Scholarship
Senior SS Katie May is the first recipient of the Jeff Kent Women Driven Scholarship for softball. Kent, a former Cal baseball player who now plays second base for the San Francisco Giants, organized an effort to raise money for Cal women's athletic scholarships based on his RBI total. In 1998, Kent knocked in 128 runs and personally donated more than $75,000 to Cal (Giants sponsors added to the total). May, who was honored along with the six other Kent scholarship winners before a Giants game last summer, was featured with Kent on the Fox Sports TV show, "In the Zone."
Bears Add Top Freshmen to 1999 Roster
Cal has added five freshmen to its 1999 roster, including U.S. National Team pool member Jocelyn Forest. Forest, a pitcher from Santa Maria, was a first team prep All-American last year and posted a 24-5 record with a 0.17 ERA at Righetti HS. Other newcomers to the Cal squad are C Shauna Chapin (Riverside), IF Candace Harper (Stockton), 2B/OF Kristen Morley (Mission Viejo) and OF Laura Power (Northridge).
Kirsten Drake to Try Fourth Position in Four Years
If ever there was a person on the Cal softball team who should be called a team player, that title should go to senior Kirsten Drake. A utility player in the true sense of the word, Drake is expected to be a starter at her fourth position in four year. As a freshman in 1995, Drake was Cal's starting shortstop, but she moved to second base with the arrival of Katie May a year later. After serving as Cal's starting right fielder as a junior, Drake sat out all of last season following shoulder surgery in June 1998. Now, she returns for her final campaign and is slated to start at first base.