May 3, 1999
Wednesday, May 5 at Sacramento State 1:00 p.m. Sacramento, CA Saturday, May 8 at Oregon State 1:00 p.m. Corvallis, OR Sunday, May 9 at Oregon 1:00 p.m. Eugene, ORThis Week in Cal Softball
The 16th-ranked Cal softball team makes its final road trip of the regular season when the Golden Bears visit Sacramento State, Oregon State and Oregon. Cal owns a 33-18 series lead over Sac State after sweeping the Hornets (8-0, 3-0) in the 1998 season opener in Berkeley. Cal has not visited Sac State since the 1995 NCAA regionals when the Bears won, 2-1, in the second round. Cal then travels to Oregon State to face the eighth-ranked Beavers. OSU swept a pair from the Bears April 11, winning both games 1-0 (first game went 11 innings). Still, Cal holds a 48-15 series lead. Cal and No. 18 Oregon split their two games in Berkeley April 10 with the Bears taking the first game, 9-1, and Oregon winning the second, 7-0. Cal is 43-25 all-time against the Ducks.
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 479-271. 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.
Bears Split with Both Arizona, Arizona State
Cal completed a 2-2 week after splitting doubleheaders against No. 3 Arizona (0-1 in 10 innings, 5-1) and No. 10 Arizona State (5-3, 0-4) in Berkeley. The Bears slugged three home runs in the victory over Arizona (C Megumi Takasaki, 3B Candace Harper and SS Katie May) to back the two-hit pitching of Nicole DiSalvio. Cal then came out against ASU and hit two more homers (Megumi Takasaki and DP Holly Yost) en route to a 5-3 win. Takasaki's home run broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth inning.
Cal Ranked 16th in USA Today/NFCA Poll
Cal, which entered the year unranked, has been in the Top 20 every week since the first regular-season poll was released March 3. The Bears hold down the 16th spot in the current poll, and updated rankings are announced on Wednesdays. Cal's rankings by week: Preseason (NR), March 3 (20), March 10 (16), March 17 (14), March 24 (13), March 31 (14), April 7 (14), April 14 (13), April 21 (13), April 28 (16).
Bears Set Season Home Run Record
With five home runs in their last three games, the Bears have eclipsed the team home run record with 25 on the season. The old mark of 24 was set in 1996. This year's squad does not have a true home run hitter, relying instead on balance throughout the lineup. Junior 2B Lisa Iancin leads the team with five home runs, with three others hitting four CF Amber Phillips, DP/P Holly Yost and C Megumi Takasaki.
DiSalvio Breaks Out of Slump with Two Big Wins
Sophomore P Nicole DiSalvio, who was mired in a personal eight-game Pac-10 losing streak, broke out of her rut with a pair of wins last weekend. First, she shut down Arizona on a complete-game two-hitter in a 5-1 victory over the Wildcats. Then, she tossed 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief to pick up a win over Arizona State in game one. In the ASU nightcap, DiSalvio did not allow a run in 4 2/3 innings of relief. For the weekend, she was 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA, surrendering just four hits in 14 innings pitched. DiSalvio improved her overall record to 12-10 with a 1.72 ERA and appears to be back in early season form when she tossed a pair of no-hitters in February.
Run Production Key to Cal's Success
Although it may sound a little obvious, when Cal scores enough runs, it usually wins. More specifically, the Bears are 30-2 when they total at least three runs in a game, but just 6-17 when they score less than three runs. In Pac-10 games, the trend is even more dramatic as Cal is 7-1 when scoring three or more runs and 0-13 when scoring two or less.
Golden Bear Notes
P Nicole DiSalvio, OF Pauline Due-as, 2B Lisa Iancin and OF Paige Bowie were named to the all-tournament team at the Hawaii Invitational both DiSalvio and P Jocelyn Forest were voted to the NIST all-tournament team SS Katie May has set a Cal record for career assists with 559; the old mark was 554 set by Roni Deutch from 1983-86 with 36 wins, Cal has already topped its victory total from last year when the Bears finished 35-27.