May 6, 2010
BERKELEY - With a two-game winning streak thanks to an 8-0 mercy victory over then-No. 3 Arizona on May 2 and a 7-0 win at Saint Mary's on Saturday, the No. 15/13 California softball team heads south for three games at No. 6/5 UCLA (36-9/10-5 Pac-10). The Bears and Bruins will battle on Friday, May 7 at 7 p.m. with the next game on Saturday, May 8 scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The two schools will close out the weekend on Sunday with a noon first pitch. The Southern California branch of the University of California holds a 76-21 all-time program record against Cal. The Bruins won the last meeting between the two squads, 2-1, on March 7, 2009. CalBears.com caught up with Cal softball head coach Diane Ninemire to get her thoughts on this upcoming weekend for the Bears.
CalBears.com: Does beating Saint Mary's on Wednesday give the team confidence heading down to UCLA this weekend?
CalBears.com: Against Saint Mary's, the team committed no errors. After errors had plagued the squad in recent weekends, is playing error-free ball something on which you have been focusing?
CalBears.com: UCLA, just like Cal, is a perennial powerhouse. Last season, the Bears took two of three from their Southern California brethren, does the team looked poised to do that again?
DN: I hope that we can get at least two out of three, but we're going to go down there and play just one game at a time. We know all three games are going to be very tough games. We need to go in and play excellent defense and then we need to hit against them. We can play and beat any team in the country - we just have to play well.
CalBears.com: The team has had mixed results on the road - being swept at Oregon and then sweeping Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz. After seven straight home games, how is the team feeling heading into its final Pac-10 Conference road trip?
CalBears.com: The Pac-10 is one of the most, if not the absolute top, conference in the country for softball. How does playing conference opponents prepare your team for the postseason?