Vanessa Alvarez
Vanessa Alvarez

Player Profile

San Jose, Calif.

High School:
Archbishop Mitty HS






Cordes Goes Yard to Deal Oregon State Run-Rule Shutout

Cheyenne Cordes hit a two-RBI home run in the fifth inning to shut out Oregon State 8-0


Total Team Effort Shuts Out Broncos 5-0

Cal used all 17 of its healthy players to shut out Santa Clara


California Tops Saint Mary's 10-2

The No. 9/8 Golden Bears beat the Gaels 10-2 in six innings


Henderson Breaks Wins Record in Series Sweep Over Utah

The Bears beat Utah 4-1 for the series sweep as Jolene Henderson pitched her 120th win


Cal Dishes Out 9-4 Win Over Utah

With win, Jolene Henderson matched Michele Granger's all-time wins record of 119

Career Highlights:
Pac-12 All-Freshman Honorable Mention

As a Freshman (2013):

Started in all 49 games she appeared in, playing mostly at right field but also pitching in three games...Starting right fielder for all four games of the Ann Arbor Regional...Earned first collegiate start in the circle vs. Stanford (5/5), pitching 5.1 innings with two strikeouts, three walks, nine hits and seven runs... Went 2-for-2 and hit her first collegiate home run vs. Arizona State (4/28); the only Cal freshman to hit a home run in 2013... Hit an RBI double against Hawaii hurler Kaia Parnaby to drive in Cal's only run against the ranked Rainbow Wahine (3/14)...Started in the season opener vs. Kentucky (2/8).

High School:

As a senior, was named the Ms. Softball State Player of the Year and named to the All-State First-Team...Led Archbishop Mitty High School to the 2012 Central Coast Section Division II Championship with a 28-3 record...Also in 2012, Alvarez posted a 25-1 record with an 0.86 ERA with14 shutouts and 197 strikeouts...Closed her prep years by hitting .450 and scoring 27 runs as Mitty earned its second straight section title and 10th since 1990...Was the pitcher and player of the year as well as MVP of her prep team as a junior...Named sophomore of the year and first-team all-league in 2010...Was second-team all-league and freshman of the year...Led the team to finish first in league play all three years and first in the CSS as a freshman and junior...The Mitty squad was ranked first in the nation her freshman year...Mentored students at junior high and elementary schools...Manager for the boy's varsity basketball team at Mitty - kept stats, ran drills, organized tournaments

Club Ball:

Played with the Lady Sharks from 12U-14U...Spent a year with the Sorcerers...Played with San Jose Sting


Interested in pursuing a career in sport medicine ...Is passionate about art, music and dance...Parents are Jorge Alvarez and Lisa Rodriguez...Mother Lisa attended Evergreen Valley College

Why I have my number:

No. 9 was my size and was actually my club ball coach's (Haley Woods) number when she attended Cal. I'm proud to wear the same number as a Hall of Famer.

Pre-game Ritual:

I write one word that keeps me focused on my left wrist, and a name of someone who inspires me to play harder during the game. This year, the word is "relax," and the person is my brother.