BERKELEY -- California softball looks to continue a solid start to Pac-12 play this weekend in Corvallis, Ore., where the Golden Bears will meet the Oregon State Beavers from March 28-30. The series opens Friday at 1 p.m., followed by another 1 p.m. game on Saturday before finishing off with a noon game on Sunday.
ALL BASES COVERED For complete coverage of this weekend’s games, follow @CalSoftball on Twitter for in-game updates. Live stats will be available at OSUBeavers.com
SCOUTING OREGON STATE Oregon State is batting .264 as a team after being swept by Arizona last weekend for a 2-4 start in Pac-12 play. The Beavers rank fourth in the NCAA for triples per game with 11 triples on the season, to add to 26 doubles and 11 homers. Dani Gilmore sits atop the charts with a .395 batting average, five home runs and 17 RBI. Not far behind here is Kori Nishitomi’s .388 average with 20 runs scored. Alexis Gonzalez owns another 19 RBI with a .274 average and six extra-base hits. Amanda Najdek (7-10) is Oregon State’s ace with a 3.68 ERA in 15 starts, 11 of which were complete game performances. Najdek has doled out 73 strikeouts, 55 walks and 50 earned runs in her 95 innings of work. Melanie Dembinski (2-5) has seen 45 innings with 26 strikeouts, 19 walks and 20 earned runs for a 3.11 ERA.
LAST TIME OUT Cal swept every opponent in last week’s games to go a perfect 6-0 and improve to an 18-11 record and eight-game win streak. The Bears hosted Grand Canyon in a doubleheader at home Thursday, then played Grand Canyon, Princeton and Santa Clara in four games at the Marriott Round Robin in Santa Clara, Calif. Nisa Ontiveros, Katie Sutherland-Finch and Stephanie Trzcinski all added a pair of wins to their records, and Trzcinski pitched her first collegiate no-hitter in a 9-0, six-inning rout of Princeton. It was Cal’s first shutout win of the season and one of three consecutive mercy-rule games that the Bears handed their opponents. The Bears also had terrific performances at the plate, highlight by 27 extra bases from juniors Cheyenne Cordes (two doubles, three homers), Breana Kostreba (four doubles, two homers) and Danielle Henderson (three doubles, one homer)
WHO TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND After a great week at the plate, Cal’s combined batting average has improved to a solid .302 overall, topped by Cheyenne Cordes’ .463 average. Cordes leads the team in doubles (9) and slugging percentage (.817). Kylie Reed is also above the .400 mark with a strong .411 in 107 at bats. Danielle Henderson continues to lead Cal in home runs, just one away from double digits with nine homers in 2014. Henderson is batting .352. In the circle, Stephanie Trzcinski leads with a 2.61 ERA and a 4-3 record after pitching a no-hitter this weekend. Trzcinski has struck out 37 batters and owns one shutout in three complete-game performances. Nisa Ontiveros is at a 3.17 ERA with a 9-5 record in 17 games after 75 innings of work and 39 strikeouts, while Katie Sutherland-Finch is 5-3 with a team-leading 40 strikeouts in 56.1 innings.
DUE UP Cal heads to Pacific Wednesday, April 2 at 6 p.m. to play a game previously rescheduled due to rain. After taking on the Tigers, the Golden Bears will host their first home Pac-12 series with Arizona State on April 4, 5 and 6 and Levine-Fricke Field.
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