No. 6 California Has Sights Set on NIST

March 4, 2002

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WHATS ON TAP: The National Invitational Softball Tournament looms ahead for No. 6 California (19-6). This is the first time in 2002 that the Golden Bears take part in a tournament with bracket play. Friday, Cal faces three teams - Miami, Santa Clara and Virginia - in pool play (Pool A). The top two seeds from each pool, determined by Friday's competition, advance to the championship bracket. The remaining pool competitors will be placed in the consolation bracket. The NIST is a double elimination tournament. Other participants in the NIST include:

Pool A        Pool B           Pool C             Pool DCalifornia    Arizona State    UCLA               SyracuseMiami         Northern Iowa    UNC Greensboro     Georgia TechSantaClara    Buffalo          Long Beach State   IowaVirginia      San Jose State

THE WEEK THAT WAS: The Bears ran into a couple of bumps in the road on their way to a 4-2 record at the Cal State Fullerton Worth Invitational last weekend. The Bears capped off the tournament, Sunday, sweeping Minnesota and Portland State by scores of 2-1 and 9-1, respectively. The Bears split the first two days of competition, dropping the tournament opener to Oklahoma State, 1-0, while defeating San Diego State, 5-4, in a come-from-behind victory. No. 17 Cal State Fullerton took down Cal in extra innings, 2-1, while shutting out Ohio State, 4-0, on the second day of the Worth Invite.

NELSON BREAKS NCAA RECORD: Junior first baseman Veronica Nelson broke the NCAA career walk record Saturday afternoon versus the Titans, as she collected her 212th base on ball in her first at-bat of the game. Nelson overtook Oregon State's Tarrah Beyster (1997-2000) with more than a season and a half of eligibility remaining. Nelson also had a big weekend making contact as she went 7-for-17, including three doubles and six RBI's.

FOREST'S CAREER AMONG CAL'S BEST: Senior pitcher and 2001 All-American Jocelyn Forest has moved up on various all-time categories at Cal. She is now third all-time in wins, with 81, and is just 11 shy of overtaking Leslie Partch (1979-82) for second place. 1996 Olympian and Cal great Michele Granger is in the top spot with 119 victories. Forest is also among the top five in strikeouts. Coming into this season, the Santa Maria native was third in the category, but after striking out 108 through 73.1 innings this year, she is just 50 back of Partch, who had 982 during her career, with 932. Granger has a stronghold on the No. 1 spot with 1640 strikeouts.

Most Wins

1. Michele Granger 119
2. Leslie Partch 92
3. Jocelyn Forest 81
4. Whitney Floyd 80
5. Margaret Sutter 76

Strikeouts

1. Michele Granger 1640
2. Leslie Partch 982
3. Jocelyn Forest 932
4. Whitney Floyd 628
5. Robyn Burgess 547

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