Bears in hitting
with a .417 average.
No. 13 Cal Seeks First Pac-10 Win at No. 7 Stanford
Bears softball looking to halt three-game skid.
March 30, 1999
This Week: Saturday, April 3 at Stanford 1:00 p.m. Stanford, CA
This Week in Cal Softball
After going 0-3 last week against a pair of Top 5 Pac-10 teams, 13th-ranked California aims for its first conference win of the year when the Golden Bears visit No. 7 Stanford Saturday afternoon. Cal owns a commanding 35-5 all-time series lead, but the Cardinal won three of four games in 1998. Last year at Stanford, the Bears and Cardinal split two extra-inning games. Cal took the first contest, 3-2, in 11 innings, while Stanford came back to win the nightcap, 3-2, in 10 innings.
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 470-260. 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 Lose Three Tight Games to Start Pac-10 Season
Cal opened the 1999 Pac-10 season on the road, losing twice at No. 1 UCLA (4-3, 3-1) and once at No. 5 Washington (2-1 in 8 innings) last weekend. The second game at Washington was called due to rain in the seventh inning of a scoreless ballgame. At UCLA March 27, the Bears jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first game, but UCLA tied the score in the fifth inning and took a 4-2 lead in the sixth. Cal rallied for one run in the seventh, but left the bases loads when the game ended. The three-game losing streak is Cal's longest of the year.
Home Games Finally in Sight for Road Weary Bears
There are just two more games to go on Cal's 14-game road trip before the Bears return to Levine-Fricke Field at last next Wednesday, April 7 when the Bears host St. Mary's. Through the first two months of the season, Cal has played just six home games to date, and only one home doubleheader in March - against Tulsa March 9 - with 31 of the Bears first 37 games either on opponent home fields or at neutral-site tournaments.
Bowie Goes from Basketball to Softball with Little Trouble
Sophomore left fielder Paige Bowie missed the first 19 games of the softball season while completing her commitment to the Cal women's basketball team. She joined the softball squad one day after the basketball season ended, flying down to meet her softball teammates for a doubleheader at Cal Poly March 7. And after leading the basketball squad in scoring with 11.9 ppg, Bowie has taken over the top spot in softball with a .417 batting average (20-48) with two doubles and two triples. She has also moved into the lead-off spot in the order after hitting in the No. 6 position most of last year. As a freshman, Bowie was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick after batting .290 with two homers and 20 RBI.
Iancin Hits for Both Power and Average in '99
Junior 2B Lisa Iancin has been known as a strong hitter and steady fielder throughout her Cal career. She entered her junior season this spring with a career .316 average and completed the Pac-10 schedule last year without committing an error in the field. This season, she has added power to those numbers. Through 35 games, Iancin his batting .342 with a team-leading nine doubles, four home runs and 25 RBI - all career highs. She had 3 home runs all of last year and a total of 4 in her first two seasons with the Bears. Iancin's other previous bests were a .323 average in 1998, 7 doubles in '98 and 22 RBI in '97.
Sophomore P Nicole DiSalvio has already tossed two no-hitters (vs. San Jose State Feb. 3 and vs. Georgia Feb. 14) and nearly had a third at Hawaii March 19 when she did not give up a base hit until there was one out in the seventh inning DiSalvio, OF Pauline Dueas, 2B Lisa Iancin and OF Paige Bowie were named to the all-tournament team at the Hawaii Invitational Cal has won two in-season tournaments this year - the National Invitational Softball Tournament in Sunnyvale and the Hawaii Invitational Sophomore OF Amber Phillips has picked up her power numbers this year with five triples and three home runs; last year, she did not hit a homer and had only one triple freshman P Jocelyn Forest is averaging 8.17 strikeouts per seven innings with 105 Ks in 90.0 innings pitched senior 1B Kirsten Drake has been out the last four weeks with a sprained knee, while senior OF Valerie Nicklas returned to action two weeks ago after suffering a broken hand in early March Cal's three pitchers - DiSalvio, Forest and senior Holly Yost - have combined for a 1.05 team ERA and are limiting opponents to a .186 batting average Cal won 10 consecutive games from Feb. 28 through March 12.