No. 6 Cal Hosts Santa Clara, No. 16 Stanford

April 15, 2003

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WHAT'S ON TAP: No. 6 California embarks on a pivotal weekend for Pac-10 standings, traveling to No. 16 Stanford Friday, April 18 for a 7 p.m. series opener followed by a doubleheader against the Cardinal in Berkeley Saturday, April 19 at 1 p.m. The Golden Bears (34-12, 4-5) warm up their bats against Santa Clara Wednesday, April 16 at 2 p.m. at Levine-Fricke Field before entering the weekend that could make-or-break a Top 4 finish in the conference.

COURTNEY SCOTT SELECTED TO OLYMPIC TRAINING CAMP: Senior Courtney Scott was named as one of 45 players invited to participate in a selection team camp, June 4-8, at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. These players will compete for spots on two teams that will represent the USA in international competition this summer. This is the second consecutive invite the All-American catcher has received.

SCOUTING SANTA CLARA: California looks to extend its perfect 61-0 all-time mark against Santa Clara on Wednesday. The Broncos (20-18, 2-2 PCSC) have three players batting above .300, led by Jessica Clee's .321 BA (26-for-81, 4 HR, 9 RBI). Santa Clara has outscored its opponents' 126 to 112, while being out-hit, 243-252. Jaime Forman-Lau posts a 13-9 mark from the circle and a 1.40 ERA, holding opponents to a .202 BA. The Broncos are 0-7 against Pac-10 squads this season.

SCOUTING STANFORD: Stanford (32-15,4-5) upset No. 1 Arizona 4-3 this past weekend, led by Dana Sorensen's 12-K performance from the circle. Sorensen posts a 1.05 ERA in 143.1 innings for a 15-5 overall mark, 4-2 in the Pac-10. Laura Lappin boasts a .395 BA followed by Catalina Morris's .355 BA. The Bears hold an all-time 43-12 record against the Cardinal, including a 2-1 record in 2003 conference action and a 1-0 win at the 2002 Regionals held in Fresno, CA.

THE WEEKEND THAT WAS: The Bears were swept by the Arizona schools, losing two decisions by a 1-0 score (vs. ASU and UA) while being edged 7-5 in game one versus Arizona. Cal's theme of the weekend was untimely hitting, leaving a total of 25 runners stranded to its opponents' 18, including ending the first two games with bases loaded in the top of the seventh and the third game with runners on second and third in the seventh in a 0-0 ballgame. The Bears' five runs against UA April 12 were the second most runs scored against the Wildcats this season, as Cal was only the 16th team to score against the 'Cats this year. Individually, Cal was led by Kaleo Eldredge's (6-for-9, 2B, 3B, RBI, run) and Kristen Morley's (4-for-7, 2 RBI). Eldredge raised her batting average by .035, now standing at .288, and Morley's BA increased by .027 points to .291.

VERONICA NELSON SETS NEW CAL CAREER RBI RECORD: Senior Veronica Nelson's three-run dinger against Long Island University March 20 catapulted her to the top of the Cal career RBI list. Her career RBIs stand at 160, surpassing former record holder Melanie McCart's (1994-97) 153. The Oakland,CA native also holds the Cal career records for home runs (51), walks (363) and slugging percentage (.656).

BEAR BATTING BITS: Cal has six active players with a +.300 BA with runners on base, led by Veronica Nelson (.396), and also including Vicky Galindo(.351), Kristen Morley (.316), Lindsay James (.309), Kaleo Eldredge (.309) and Linzi Wescott (.444) ... as a team, the Bears currently post a .282 BA with runners in scoring position to their opponents' .172 BA ... Eldredge features a .400 BA (14-for-35) with two outs, including collecting 10 of her 25 RBIs in that situation, and a .405 BA (15-for-37) with runners in scoring position...Galindo has successfully reached base 27 times in 61 chances (.443) as a leadoff batter.

FROM THE CIRCLE: Per game, Cal's pitching staff is averaging 3.86 hits, 1.54 runs (1.02 earned runs), 2.09 walks, 7.10 strikeouts ... the four-deep staff has held opponents to a .159 BA, fanning 313 batters in 308.2 innings.

THREE DOT DATA: Cal is 4-7 in one-run ballgames, 3-2 in two-run games, 18-1 when it scores five runs or more and 1-2 in extra inning games... combining terrific defense and gutsy pitching, the Bears have recorded 18 shutouts while being blanked only five times themselves... Cal has scored its most runs in the fifth inning (49) and its least in the sixth (19).

ROAD RUNNERS: After 46 games, the Bears have stolen 33 bases in 44 attempts, led by the fleet-footed Vicky Galindo's 15-for-19 performance. Already Cal has produced more stolen bases than in its 2002 National Championship season when it recorded 23. The last time a player had collected 15 stolen bases in a single season was in 1993 when Keri Kropke stole 16 of 21 attempts. The all-time Cal record for most stolen bases in a season by a team is 104 (1979) and individually is 28 (Kropke in 1992).

THE BARRY BONDS OF SOFTBALL: 46 games into the season, senior Veronica Nelson has 75 walks, 30 of which were intentional. She has been walked in all but 11 games this season, reaching base in 45 of 46 games. Nelson, who set the NCAA single season walk record in 2002 with 108 and holds the NCAA career walk record entering into this season (288), is averaging 1.6 walks per game and is on track to surpass her own record-holding mark with 13 scheduled games remaining in addition to post season play. Despite the constant four straight balls, Nelson continues to lead the Bears with a .383 BA, nine home runs and a .716 slugging percentage.

TOP 25 PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST: Nelson was named as one of 25 finalists for the 2003 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award. The award, which is considered the Heisman Trophy in women's collegiate softball, is the only national player of the year award in college softball. The list is comprised of nine Pac-10 players and represents a total of 19 colleges and nine different conferences. The list will be reduced to 10 players on April 29th, with three finalists being named on May 13th. The winner will be announced at the World Series in Oklahoma City, OK. Catcher Courtney Scott was selected to the initial list of 40 announced in February.

INSIDE THE HEAD OF AN ALL-AMERICAN: First baseman Veronica Nelson writes a weekly journal entry posted on the calbears website, Roni's Remarks. It can be found at: http://calbears.ocsn.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/nelson-index.html.

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