June 10, 1997
Boxx Earns Spot on U.S. National Softball Team
Former Cal catcher Gillian Boxx, who played for the Bears from 1992-95 and was a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic softball team, has been selected to play on the U.S. team that will compete in the American Challenge Series this summer.
The series of games begins with a Bay Area appearance when the U.S. squad, which captured the gold medal in Atlanta last summer, will face Olympic silver medalist China in a doubleheader on Sunday, June 29 in Hayward. The United States will also meet the Chinese on June 30 in Fresno and July 2 in Sacramento.
The series then shifts to Oklahoma City July 4-6, pitting the United States against Australia.
The U.S. team features all but two Olympians from last summer: Dionna Harris and former Cal All-American pitcher Michele Granger, who recently gave birth to a daughter.
Boxx, a four-time All-American at Cal, owns several school records, including highest batting average for a season (.466) and most base hits in a career (274). Her career batting average of .369 is the second highest in Cal history. After spending 1996 with the U.S. Olympic team, she served as an assistant softball coach at Notre Dame this past spring.
Tickets Available for American Challenge Series: The U.S. National softball team, which features former Cal All-American catcher Gillian Boxx, will make three California appearances this summer. The squad, which includes most of the 1996 gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic team, will play against the Chinese national team in Hayward June 29, in Fresno June 30 and in Sacramento July 2. To order tickets, please call the following numbers:
Hayward 510-881-6723 Fresno 805-466-8505 Sacramento 916-264-5500