Bears Dominate Pac-10 All-Academic Softball Team
June 3, 1999
BERKELEY - California, fresh off a tie for third at the College World Series, has placed six players on the Pac-10 All-Academic softball teams, more than any other school in the conference.
Sophomore outfielder Paige Bowie and senior outfielder Maiko Bristow were first team selections, while senior first baseman Kirsten Drake, senior utility player Valerie Nicklas, senior catcher Megumi Takasaki and senior pitcher/designated player Holly Yost were voted to the second team.
Bowie, who also earned GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District in softball and first team Pac-10 All-Academic in basketball, has the highest GPA in the Pac-10 with a 3.79 GPA in business administration. Bristow has a 3.51 GPA in American studies.
On the second team, Drake has a 3.06 GPA in mass communications, Nicklas a 3.24 GPA in social welfare, Takasaki a 3.03 GPA in biology and Yost a 3.01 GPA in sociology.
Yost and Takasaki were honored for the third time in their careers, while Nicklas, Bowie and Bristow were academic choices last year, as well.
In addition, sophomore utility player Pauline Dueas and sophomore pitcher Nicole DiSalvio were honorable mention academic selections.
Cal completed its season last week with a 51-22 overall record and was ranked fourth in the final USA Today/NFCA poll.