UPDATE (3/7/14): Cal's Friday games have been rescheduled due to rain in Hawaii. Cal will now play James Madison on Saturday, March 6 at 11 a.m. HT/1 p.m. PT and Hawaii at 3 p.m. HT/5 p.m. PT, and is now scheduled to play its final game vs. James Madison at 10 a.m. HT Sunday.
BERKELEY -- The California softball team heads to Hawaii this week with one goal in mind: get back on track in the tropics. The Golden Bears are coming off a rained out weekend in Riverside and have yet to sweep every single opponent in a weekend tournament, and with five games in this week's slate, Hawaii’s Jack in the Box Spring Fling is Cal’s best shot before the Bears head into Pac-12 play. The action begins Wednesday, March 5 at 8 p.m. PT against hosting Hawaii. On Thursday, the Bears will take on Pacific at 6 p.m., and follow up with a doubleheader on Friday with James Madison at 6 p.m. and Hawaii at 8 p.m. The Bears and the Dukes meet one more time for Cal’s final game of the tourney on Saturday at 2 p.m.
ALL BASES COVERED For complete coverage of this weekend’s games, follow @CalSoftball on Twitter for in-game updates, and access live stats via CalBears.com. All games will be streamed live at http://bit.ly/UHSBALL.
WHO TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND The Bears are batting .279 as a team, paced by junior Cheyenne Cordes’ .400 batting average, three doubles, 15 runs scored and 11 walks. Junior Danielle Henderson holds a .395 batting average with a team-high five home runs and 12 RBI while freshman Kylie Reed owns a .360 average with a team-leading 18 hits. Sophomore Nisa Ontiveros leads the Bears’ pitching staff with a 2.88 ERA and 5-3 record over 48.2 innings, with 28 strikeouts and a .289 opponents average. In her last three appearances, Ontiveros has thrown three consecutive complete games, allowing six earned runs on 26 hits and nine walks with 13 strikeouts. Katie Sutherland-Finch holds a 2-1 record in the circle with a 4.40 ERA over 28.2 innings pitched, striking out 22 batters with a .300 opponents average
LAST TIME OUT Heavy rain in Southern California cancelled all but one of Cal’s four games at the Mizuno Invitational in Riverside, Calif. The Bears were finally able to take to the diamond on Sunday against Loyola Chicago, eventually falling to the Ramblers 3-2 in extra innings. While Cheyenne Cordes and Jordan Wallace each keyed home runs, Cal tallied just three hits in the defeat, while Loyola Chicago used nine to ultimately fell the Bears at the bottom of the eighth with the international tiebreaker rule in play.
SCOUTING HAWAII Hawaii owns a 9-7 record after winning three of five games at the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic, finishing the Easton Desert Classic with a 4-2 record, and losing three of five games at the Bank of Hawaii Invitational. The Rainbow Wahine own a .289 team batting average, paced by Alyssa Villalpando’s .410 average. Leisha Li’ili’I leads the team with 7 homers and 17 RBI while Keiki Carlos has recorded a team-leading 18 hits and 14 runs scored. Heather Morales owns a 4.10 ERA and 6-4 record over a team-high 58.0 innings pitched, with 25 strikeouts and a .247 opponents average.
SCOUTING PACIFIC Pacific enters the Hawaii Spring Fling Tournament 6-8 after defeating UC Davis, losing four of five games at the Stanford Nike Invitational, finishing the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic 1-4, and winning three-straight at their own Libby Matson tournament. The Tigers own a .290 team batting average, paced by Taylor Petty’s .514 average, 19 hits and 15 walks. Megan Fogelsong leads the team with two home runs, 13 runs scored and 10 RBI. Tori Shepard owns a 3-2 record with a 4.76 ERA and .295 opponents average over eight appearances (five starts), striking out 20 batters in 32.1 innings.
SCOUTING JAMES MADISON The James Madison Dukes started the season 10-8 after losing four of five games at the Red and Black Showcase, winning four of five at the UCF Holiday Inn Classic, finishing the NFCA Leadoff Classic 3-2, and taking two of three games at the JMU Invitational. The Dukes own a .260 team batting average, paced by Hannah Hayes’ .426 average and 20 hits. Erica Field leads the team with six doubles and 13 RBI while their pitching ace, Jailyn Ford has scored a team-high 11 runs. Ford owns an impressive 1.66 ERA with a 6-4 record and .222 opponents average, striking out 67 batters over 71.2 innings pitched.
DUE UP Cal finally returns to the Bay Area to kick off its 2014 home opener against Ohio State on Wednesday, March 12 at 3 p.m. Afterwards, the Bears stay in the Bay to begin Pac-12 play against Stanford beginning March 14 at 5:30 p.m. Cal and Stanford will play a doubleheader on March 15 at noon and 2:30 p.m. Both of Saturday’s games will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
IN THE POLLS After receiving votes in both national polls in the past two weeks, the Bears dropped out of the polls completely this week. With a 7-7 record, Cal remains eighth in the Pac-12 in the last week before conference play begins, with UCLA sitting atop the polls as the only undefeated team left in the league.
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