Vicky Galindo Named to U.S. National Team

June 21, 2005

BERKELEY - Former Golden Bear third baseman Vicky Galindo has been selected to the 18-member U.S. National softball team, while ex-Cal stars Kaleo Eldredge and Jocelyn Forest have been named to the U.S. Elite team roster, USA Softball announced Monday.

The national team takes the field July 12 in Irvine, Calif., for an exhibition game against Australia before heading to the first ever World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City July 14-18. On July 26, the team will travel to Yokohama, Japan, as it looks to defend its Japan Cup title.

The 16-member elite team will represent the United States beginning July 2 at the Canada Cup in Surrey, B.C., and the Inter-Continental Cup in Madrid, Spain, July 20-28.

A two-time first team All-American, Galindo completed her Cal career this past June at the Women's College World Series. As a senior in 2005, she batted .324 with 49 runs scored, 11 doubles, four home runs and 19 stolen bases.

Like Galindo, Eldredge also finished her college career this past season, batting .305 with 42 runs, six homers, 39 RBI and 11 steals. A second team All-American in 2004, the Bears' center fielder was a third team pick in '05.

Forest, a pitcher for Cal from 1999-2002, led Cal to the 2002 NCAA championship when she tossed every inning during the Bears' postseason run. A two-time second team All-American, she was voted Most Outstanding Player of the '02 WCWS, as well as the regional Most Outstanding Player in both 1999 and 2002.

The following is the 2005 Women's National team roster:

Monica Abbott (Salinas, Calif./ Tennessee*)
Laura Berg (Santa Fe Springs, Calif./ Fresno State)
Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif./ Washington)
Jennie Finch (La Mirada, Calif./ Arizona)
Tairia Flowers (Tucson, Ariz./ UCLA)
Amanda Freed (Cypress, Calif./ UCLA)
Vicky Galindo (Union City, Calif./ California)
Alicia Hollowell (Suisun, Calif./ Arizona*)
Lovie Jung (Fountain Valley, Calif./ Arizona)
Kelly Kretschman (Indian Harbour Beach, Fla./ Alabama)
Caitlin Lowe (Tustin, Calif./ Arizona*)
Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif./ Stanford)
Stacey Nuveman (La Verne, Calif./ UCLA)
Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas/ Texas*)
Jamie Southern (Clovis, Calif./ Fresno State)
Jenny Topping (Whittier, Calif./ Cal State Fullerton)
Natasha Watley (Irvine, Calif./ UCLA)
Kellie Wilkerson (Jacksonville, Fla./ Mississippi State)

The following is the 2005 Women's Elite team roster:

Kaleo Eldredge (Kahului, Hawaii/ California)
Leigh Ann Ellis (Barboursville, West Virginia/ South Florida)
Samantha Findlay (Lockport, Ill./ Michigan*)
Jocelyn Forest (Santa Maria, Calif./ California)
Nicole Giordano (Saugus, Calif./ Arizona)
Tiffany Haas (Santa Ana, Calif./ Michigan*)
Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, Calif./ Stanford*)
Jessica Merchant (Wayland, Mich./ Michigan)
Catalina Morris (Sonoita, Ariz./ Stanford*)
Marissa Nichols (Diamond Bar, Calif./ UNLV*)
Gina Oaks (Alta Loma, Calif./ Cal State Fullerton)
Jennie Ritter (Dexter, Mich./ Michigan*)
Heather Scaglione (San Diego, Calif./ Oklahoma)
Lindsay Schutzler (Monterey, Calif./ Tennessee*)
Dana Sorensen (San Diego, Calif./ Stanford)
Mackenzie Vandergeest (Thousand Oaks, Calif./ Arizona)

*Indicates still in college

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