Five Players Named to All-Pac-10 Squad
May 14, 2002
BERKELEY - Five Cal softball players were named to the All-Pac-10 squad for the 2002 season. On the first team, senior pitcher Jocelyn Forest was the lone selection, while four players - freshman Kaleo Eldredge, senior Candace Harper, junior Veronica Nelson and junior Courtney Scott - made the second team.
The Golden Bears had the second most players named to the first or second team, as 2002 Pac-10 champion UCLA tallied six first and second team all-conference honors.
Forest (21-12) became just the second pitcher in Cal history to win 20 or more games all four years. She is second in almost all Cal pitching categories to four-time All-American Michele Granger, including strikeouts, wins, games and innings pitched.
Eldredge and Washington's Kristen Rivera are the only first-year athletes to be named to the all-conference squad. Eldredge leads the Bears in hits with 72 and stolen bases, totaling nine.
Harper became Cal's all-time leader in doubles May 4 against Arizona State as she smacked her 17th double of the year and her 48th of her career. On May 11, Harper broke the single season record with her 18th double against Oregon State.
Nelson set the NCAA career walk record March 2 against Cal State Fullerton with her 212th base on ball. With 91 free passes already this year, she is three shy of breaking the single season NCAA walk mark, which Nelson has broken the previous two seasons. Nelson, Cal's all-time career homerun leader, is batting .328 with nine homers this season.
Scott has made strides in her offensive game. A polished defensive catcher, Scott is tied for the team lead in batting with a .328 average and tops on the squad in RBI with 43. On defense, she has committed just one error in 559 chances and has gunned down 20 of 41 would-be base stealers.
The five selections are the most first or second team picks for Cal since 1993 when six Bears (three first team, three second team) were selected to the all-conference squad.