No. 5 Softball Goes To Sac. St. Before Three-Game Pac-10 Battle With No. 4 Stanford
April 9, 2001
On The Horizon
Just when you thought the non-conference schedule was over, the Bears head to Sacramento for a mid-week doubleheader versus the Sacramento State Hornets, (14-24, 2-7 Big West) this Wednesday. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 2 p.m. Cal has an impressive 37-19 record over Sac. State, taking the last match up, 4-0, on May 3, 2000. Following Wednesday's doubleheader, Cal heads across the Bay for a Pac-10 battle versus the Stanford Cardinal (35-3-1, 5-1 Pac-10) on Friday at 3 p.m. Saturday, the Cardinal come to Berkeley for a doubleheader to begin at 1 p.m. Game one on Saturday will be featured on taped delay locally on Fox Sports Bay Area at 4 p.m. Check local listings for areas outside of the Bay Area.
Scouting the Opposition
This past weekend, the Hornets were swept in a three-game series by Cal State Northridge. Jillian Bivert leads Sac. St. with a .303 batting average and a 4-8 record from the circle, including a team-leading ERA of 1.70. Sac. St. has a team batting average of .238 and a team ERA of 2.79. The Cardinal find themselves in a first-place tie atop the Pac-10 with a 5-1 record, 35-3-1 overall. Prior to this weekends match up versus Cal, Stanford travels to Fresno State on Tuesday for a non-conference doubleheader. Thus far, the Cardinal is led by the 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year Jessica Mendoza who carries a .449 batting average and Sarah Beeson who has a .441 AVG, good enough for second and fourth in the conference, respectively. In the circle, Dana Sorenson anchors the Stanford pitching staff, holding a Pac-10 leading 0.22 ERA and a 19-1 record.
Head Coach Diane Ninemire
Diane Ninemire, the winningest softball coach in Golden Bear history, is in her 14th year as head coach at Cal with a school and career record of 583-303. The 1991 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Ninemire has led the Bears to 13 NCAA Tournament berths and four College World Series appearances (1992, '96, '99, 2000). She is assisted by John Reeves, who is in his eighth season, and Kim Maher, who is in her second.
What A Week It Was
After losing to the rain on Friday in a game that was supposed to feature the No. 16 Oregon State Beavers, the Bears defeated the Oregon Ducks on Saturday and Sunday, 4-0 and 9-4, respectively. Junior Jocelyn Forest picked up her 21st win in 2001 on Saturday, pitching seven strong innings, allowing just two hits while striking out 15 and walking only one. Senior Paige Bowie led the offensive attack, going 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Sunday, the offense came to life, scoring nine runs on 10 hits. Sophomore Kristen Morley, junior Candace Harper and sophomore Veronica Nelson each had two hits apiece, with Morley and Harper scoring two runs each and Nelson driving in three runs, including her 14th homer on the year. Senior Nicole DiSalvio pitched six innings for her 15th win on the year with only one loss. DiSalvio allowed four runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and only two walks. Sophomore Jen Deering pitched a hitless seventh inning including a strikeout.
Forest earned her second Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor after going a perfect 3-0 at the Georgia Tech Buzz Classic, including her first career perfect game, March 23-25. Forest allowed no earned runs while striking out 30 opposing batters in 18 innings. Forest earned the same honor after going 5-0 with two saves at the National Invitational Softball Tournament, March. 9-11. A week later, senior Pauline Dueï¿½as earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors, the first such honor in her career. Dueï¿½as earned the distinction after she batted .375 (6-for-16) at the Capital Classic in Sacramento, CA, with two doubles, six runs and six RBI, March 15-18.
Forest Remains Fantastic
Forest had 22 wins in 1999 and another 23 in 2000. The junior from Santa Maria, CA has 21 already in 2001 and is showing no signs of letting up. At 21-3, Forest won her first 20 games in consecutive fashion, before stumbling a bit towards the end of the non-conference schedule, dropping a heartbreaker, 1-0, to No. 13 Iowa in eight innings, on March 17. Forest then won her next four games, including a perfect, 8-0, five-inning win over Harvard in the championship game of the Georgia Tech Buzz Classic on March 25. Forest began the Pac-10 schedule with a pair of losses, a 2-0 defeat to No. 15 Washington, followed by a 5-1 loss to top-ranked UCLA. This past weekend, the righty bounced back on Saturday, defeating Oregon, 4-0, for her 16th shutout and 19th complete gameon the year. In striking out 15 Ducks over the weekend, Forest currently has a Pac-10 leading 258 strikeouts in 164.2 innings and a staggering 0.43 ERA.
Golden Bear Notes ...
Nelson is tied for the Cal career home run record (28) with Melanie McCart, and holds the Cal career walk record with 136 ... Sophomore Courtney Scott has thrown out a Pac-10 leading 13 baserunners ... Since joining the Bears after competing on the Cal basketball team, Deering is 3-0 from the circle with a 1.24 ERA in 22.2 innings, including 4.2 scoreless innings in her last two appearances ... As a team, the Bears rank fourth in the Pac-10 with a .285 batting average, and second behind Arizona with a 0.74 earned run average and .979 fielding percentage.