Softball Team Travels to White House Sept. 24

Sept. 17, 2002

BERKELEY - President George W. Bush and the White House will honor Cal's 2002 NCAA champion softball team on Tuesday, Sept. 24 in Washington, D.C.

The Bears will make the cross-country trip Monday and will spend two days in the nation's capital before returning to Berkeley.

On Tuesday, the team will tour the White House at 1:30 p.m., before Bush addresses Cal and other spring NCAA champion teams. Bush will pose for photos with the teams in the State Dining Room at 3:15 p.m. Cal's two seniors on the '02 squad - pitcher Jocelyn Forest and third baseman Candace Harper - will present Bush with a custom Easton bat with the Cal logo and 2002 NCAA softball champions inscribed on it.

Later Tuesday, the Washington chapter of the California Alumni Association will host a reception for the team.

'I think it is a fantastic opportunity, especially with everything going on in the world, that we can go back and meet the president,' said head coach Diane Ninemire. 'This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us. It's just something else that makes winning the national championship so special. It is a bond these women will have forever.'

In May, Cal won its first NCAA championship with a 6-0 victory over defending champion Arizona. The Bears did not lose a game in the playoffs, sweeping their regional, 4-0, and winning all four games in the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. Forest, named Most Outstanding Player at the WCWS, capped Cal's 56-19 season with a one-hitter in the title game

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