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#20 Valerie Arioto
Position: Utility
Height: 5'7"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Pleasanton, CA
High School: Foothill HS
Experience: 3 Letters
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Arioto Set for the Long-Awaited Return to the Diamond (February 6, 2012)

ASA/USA Names Arioto to National Squad (January 11, 2012)

Arioto, USA Softball Beats Canada, Wins Pan Ams (October 24, 2011)

Arioto Leads Team USA to Gold at World Cup (July 26, 2011)

2011 Quick Hits:
-Sidelined due to injury after breaking her leg on the second day of spring practice
-Still traveled with the team to all games

2010 Quick Hits:
-Led the U.S. delegation to gold medals at the Japan Cup over the 2010 summer
-Played with the U.S. futures national team over the summer as well as in the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship
-Named to the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American First Team
-Also placed on the All-Pac-10 first team
-Split time between pitcher and first base
-Fourth in the Pac-10 and 31st in the nation with 19 homers
-Second in the nation and first in the conference with 81 walks
-Her .819 slugging percentage place her first on the Cal team, second in the Pac-10 and 11th in the country
-Played in all 63 games
-Paced the Bears in walks (81), homers (19) and runs (61)
-Went 21-9 in the circle with a 1.43 ERA in 205.2 innings of work, allowing her batters to hit just .169
-Named to the ASA Top-50, Top-25 and Top-10 watch lists

Athens Super Regional (2010):
-Scored Cal's final run of the year and earned two walks in game two
-Issued four strikeouts in the first game

Columbus Regional (2010):
-Homered in each of the three games
-Tied Elia Reid in hitting with a .571 batting average
-Slugged 1.857 with a .700 on-base percentage and a team-high seven RBI
-Had an RBI single and a two-run homer against Ohio State
-Pitched a seven-inning two-hitter against the Buckeyes, striking out seven
-Scored the lone run in the 1-0 win over UK with a home run to center
-Walked twice vs. the Wildcats
-Tallied a three-run homer to center and a walk against Bucknell

2009 Quick Hits:
-Third-team NFCA All-American, second-team Easton All-American
-First-team All-Pac-10 and first team All-Pacific Region selection
-Second-leading hitter on the team, posting a .325 average with a .425 on-base percentage
-Drove in three runs without getting a hit at Regionals

2008 Quick Hits:
-All-Pac-10 second-team and NFCA All-Pacific Region second-team selection
-Named to the Fresno All-Regional team and recipient of the Donna Terry Award (Team MVP)
-Scored three runs and tallied her 100th strikeout of the year in the regional championship against Fresno State
-Went 3-for-4 with two RBI against Florida in the first game of the Super Regional

Personal:
-Finished her degree requirements a semester early (December 2011)
-Took a laughter and mediation class spring semester
-Majoring in American studies with an emphasis on media, entertainment and technology
-Biggest sports thrill is being able to represent the U.S.
-Hopes to get into the communications field, such as TV broadcasting
-Fingers are double jointed

Mama and Me:
If Valerie Arioto is at a game, you can bet her mother is, too. Most of the time, both of Arioto's parents make the trip. Her mom has traveled with her twice to Japan when Arioto played with the U.S. Futures Team.

Why I Have My Number:
"I wear 20 just because I always have!"

My Walk-Up Song Is:
"Valerie" by Amy Winehouse and "I Want to Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston. I had to pick "Valerie" because of course it is my name! Whitney is just classic, and that song puts me in a good mood and makes me want to dance!

ARIOTO'S CAREER STATISTICS
Year	G	AB	R	H	AVG	2B	3B	HR	RBI	BB	K	SB
2008 	70	219	55	71	.324	17	4	2	29	48	51	14-16
2009	58	163	41	53	.325	6	1	10	37	41	36	15-16
2010	63	138	61	49	.355	7	0	19	60	81	40	12-12
Totals 	191	520	157	173	.333	30	5	31	126	170	127	41-44

Year APP GS CG W L SV ERA IP H R ER BB K 2008 30 8 2 8 3 1 1.93 87.0 60 37 24 57 105 2009 37 16 7 14 9 1 2.40 160.1 139 82 55 68 173 2010 35 26 19 21 9 0 1.43 205.2 126 49 42 66 264 Totals 102 50 28 43 21 2 1.87 452.3 325 168 121 191 542

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