California Prepares for Hawai'i Invitational
March 13, 2007
QuicklyThe California Golden Bears (18-10) are in Hawai'i for a four-day tournament, Mar. 14-17, vs. Baylor, Hawai'i, Liberty and Nevada, with two games to be determined on Saturday due to the championship style format. Arkansas Pine-Bluff had to pull out of the competition, thus creating an adjustment in schedule of games
California in the PollsCal dropped out of the ESPN/USA Softball Top 25 poll for the first time ever in the history of the poll released on Tuesday (the NFCA polls are released on Wednesdays). Cal was picked to finish in a sixth place tie according to the annual Pac-10 softball preseason coaches poll released in January. Both California and Washington garnered 18 points to earn the sixth place tie. Last season's NCAA Champion, Arizona, was picked to win the conference after collecting five first place votes and 47 points overall. UCLA was a close second, earning 45 points and three first place votes. Arizona State earned the third place nod with 35 points. Oregon State was picked fourth with 32 points, followed by Stanford (fifth) with 21 points. Oregon rounded out the poll with eight points.
Top 25 Poll NewsDespite a 4-0 loss last week to then No. 24 Florida that ended their perfect record, the University of Tennessee (24-1) remains as the No. 1 team in the nation according to this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Poll. Alabama, which is the only undefeated team remaining in the top 25, moved up to No. 2 this week marking the first-time that teams from the Southeastern Conference hold the top two spots in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll. The Lady Volunteers, who had been a unanimous No. 1 in the last two polls, received only 12 first-place votes after finishing this week with a 4-1 record. Tennessee entered the week as one of three teams undefeated in the poll but their 23-game win streak came to an end with a 4-0 loss to Florida in the second game of a double-header. They were able to take game one against Florida 1-0 in 10 innings before being shutout in the second game of the double header. The Lady Vols clinched the three-game series with a 3-1 win on Sunday. The Crimson Tide began their conference season with a three game sweep over Mississippi State. With a perfect 24-0 record, Alabama earns their highest ranking ever after earning eight of the 20 first place votes in this weeks poll. The Arizona Wildcats (17-5) fell three spots to No. 5 after suffering two losses to Baylor (24-5) in Waco, Texas. The Wildcats opened a three-game series against the Lady Bears with a 3-0 victory but dropped the last two games in the final inning by an identical score of 3-2. With the series win over Arizona, Baylor moved up four spots to No. 10 this week. No. 6 Oklahoma (28-1) dropped out of the top five after falling 2-0 to in-state rival Tulsa on Friday. The loss ended the Sooner's perfect start this year and a 23-game winning streak. No. 19 Georgia (22-8) moved up four spots after a perfect 7-0 record with big wins over No. 20 Southern Illinois and Florida State. No. 24 South Carolina (23-3) and No. 25 Hawaii (22-5) made their way into the top 25 while NC State (18-8) and Cal (18-9) dropped out of the top 25 but are still receiving votes. This marks the first time in the history of the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Poll that four teams from the Big 12 Conference are ranked in the top 10. The Southeastern Conference, Pac- 10 and Big Ten each have two teams each in the top 10.
On the HorizonCal will not return to Levine-Fricke field until April 6 for its Pac-10 home-opener vs. Stanford. The Bears travel to a handful of tournaments (NIST, Hawaii, and Louisville), before opening conference play on the road vs. Oregon on Mar. 30 in Eugene.
Mar. 7-11 HighlightsMar. 7 ... Junior Julie Meyer's three-run home run in the second inning proved to be the difference as Cal held on to defeat Loyola-Chicago, 3-2, at Levine-Fricke Field. Freshman Marissa Drewrey collected her sixth victory in the circle after allowing two runs on three hits with three strikeouts. Freshman Brittany LaRosa collected her first save of the season after relieving Drewrey in the fifth. LaRosa allowed just one hit with two strikeouts. Cal unlocked the scoreless tie in the second inning, courtesy of Meyer's home run. Freshman Bernice Masaniai drew a lead-off walk and moved to second base after senior Alex Sutton reached safely on a fielder's choice. After sophomore Gina Leomiti placed a sacrifice bunt to move Masaniai and Sutton to third and second respectively, Meyer crushed Amy Solava's offering over the left field wall to give the Bears a 3-0 lead.
Mar. 9-11 (NIST) ... Sophomore Lauren Frankiewicz gave up just one run and struck out seven to lead the 22nd-ranked California Golden Bears to a 4-1 win over Iowa in the opening day of the NIST, hosted by San Jose State. The Bears, however, fell in an offensive shootout, 12-11, to UConn in the nightcap. UConn built a 4-0 lead in the top of the second, before Cal was able to cut the deficit in half after posting two runs in the bottom half of the second. Shannon Houston was inserted as a pinch runner after Vernae Sevilla led off with a single to right field. A Taylor Kelly single moved Houston to second, before Carly Winger's fielder's choice advanced Houston to third. Two batters later, Jessica Moore connected for a single to right field to plate Houston. Christina Schallig followed with a single to score Winger, making the score 4-2, UConn. The Huskies secured a 12-9 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh, before Cal staged one last rally in the bottom of the inning. Gina Leomiti began the two-out rally with a walk, which was followed by a Bernice Masaniai single to left field. Kelly was clutch again with another single to right field to plate both Masaniai and Leomiti, cutting the lead to 12-11. But Rachael Crossin got Winger to strikeout for the final out of the game, ending the dramatic rally for Cal.
In its opening game with Iowa, the Hawkeyes had a chance to take an early lead in the second inning with runners on second and third with two outs. Frankiewicz, however, got out of the jam when she got Lindsey Diggman to fly out to Cal third baseman, Katie Vickers. Cal managed to take advantage of its scoring opportunities in the bottom half of the second when Carly Winger connected for a two-out single that scored Julie Meyer, who drew a walk, giving the Bears a 1-0 lead. Iowa tied the score at 1-1 in the third inning, before Cal posted a two-run third inning to take a 3-1 advantage. Erika Racklin reached safely after an error by the pitcher, advanced to second base after Vickers notched a single to left field, before successfully stealing third base. Leomiti reached on a fielder's choice allowing Racklin to score. Sevilla then picked up Vickers with her single to right field.
Cal relied on sophomore Lauren Frankiewicz's season-high 10 strikeouts in its 5-3 win over Eastern Illinois, before rallying from a 4-0 deficit to defeat Iowa State, 15-5, in the nightcap in the second day of the NIST on Mar. 10. In their afternoon tilt with the Cyclones, the Bears fell in an early hole after Iowa State manufactured four runs in the first inning. ISU got a big lift from Katie Reichling, who slapped a double to center field off of Cal starter, Brittany LaRosa, to plate a pair of runs. Cal began its methodical rally with runs in the second and third innings to trim the Cyclone lead to 4-2. In the second frame, Taylor Kelly notched a single to plate Gina Leomiti, who led off the inning with a single, while in the third, Leomiti's RBI single allowed Alex Sutton to score. The Bears' offense came alive in the fourth stanza when Julie Meyer's RBI triple scored Kelly from first base. Sutton followed by reaching safely on a fielder's choice, allowing Meyer to score, while Erika Racklin punched a single to score Sutton and put Cal on top, 5-4.
Cal generated its first run in the top of the first inning in its morning clash with Eastern Illinois when Leomiti's sacrifice fly to right field scored Racklin, who hit a one-out single, from third base. The Bears tacked on another run to take a 2-0 advantage in the second after Sutton notched a single to center field to plate Kelly, who also hit a one-out single. Cal widened the gap in the third inning courtesy of a two-run home run from Bernice Masaniai to put the Bears up 4-0. With Leomiti on first (hit by a pitch), Masaniai turned on Kathleen Jacoby's offering over the center field wall.
Christina Schallig's three-run home run in the seventh inning helped Cal rally from a 5-3 deficit to defeat Northern Iowa, 6-5, in the final day of the NIST hosted by San Jose State on Sunday. This was the second day in a row that Cal had to rally from a deficit to win the contest (down 4-0 to Iowa State on Saturday). Back-to-back one-out singles by Alex Sutton and Erika Racklin were just enough for Schallig who connected for her first career home run over the center field wall to lift the Bears to a 6-5 lead.
Pac-10 LeaderboardChristina Schallig ranks No. 10 in batting average (.387), seventh in on-base % (.500), and fourth in walks (19) ... Morgan Siegel ranks No. 9 in runs scored (24), fifth in stolen bases (11) and No. 1 in walks (24) ... Shannon Houston ranks seventh in stolen bases (10) ... Alex Sutton is ninth in the league in RBI (25), fourth in doubles (7) and eighth in home runs (5) ... Lauren Frankiewicz ranks seventh in strikeouts (91) ... Brittany LaRosa ranks fifth in fewest hits allowed (52) ... Cal is third in runs scored (170), third in walks (106), second in sacrifice bunts (24) and first in sacrifice flys (9)
`07 Team Quick NotesThe Bears have been involved in 10 games this season that have been called due to an implemented mercy rule -- Cal is 7-3 in such games ... Cal has outscored its opponents 72-41 in the first two innings this season ... The Bears are 14-2 when scoring first this season, and an impressive 16-1 when leading after four innings (Cal's 2-1 loss to Fresno State on Mar. 2 marked the first time this season that it lost a game when leading after four innings) ... Cal has scored seven or more runs ten times since Feb. 18 ... Cal posted back-to-back come from behind victories over Iowa State and Northern Iowa (Mar. 10 and 11) ... the Bears have pounded out 53 hits in their last four games (Mar. 9-11) ... Also in that span, Cal has produced 37 runs and 36 RBI ... Cal has homered in its last four games (Mar. 9-11) ... The Bears drew a season-high nine walks vs. UConn on Mar. 9 ... Cal tallied season-highs in runs (15), hits (17) and RBI (14) vs. Iowa State on Mar. 10 ... Christina Schallig had a nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 18-Mar. 2 ... Lauren Frankiewicz posted 31 strikeouts from Mar. 7-11
Sutton Drafted by New England RiptideSenior Alex Sutton was selected in the third round by the New England Riptide in February's National Professional Fastpitch draft. Players selected in the NCAA draft will be permitted to pursue any available roster spot on their assigned team after completing their college season, according to league bylaws.
'The NPF showcases the nation's best softball players, and the draft gives us the opportunity to tap into the elite softball talent from the college level and bring it to our fans,' said newly appointed NPF Commissioner Cheri Kempf. 'We are excited at the prospect of adding the hottest college players to our teams and bringing even more electricity to our 2007 season.'
Sutton, who hit .352 as a junior and was team was announced this season as one of 50 players on the Amateur Softball Association's Top-50 Preseason Watch List for Player of the Year honors, joins other Golden Bear alumnae, Jocelyn Forest and Lisa Iancin on the Riptide squad.
'She's a welcome addition to the Riptide rebuilt outfield,' said Riptide General Manager Joe Adlman. 'We're happy we were able to draft her when we did.'
Led by Forest, New England captured the 2006 NPF Championship. Forest was named MVP of the series, pitching all 16 innings of the playoffs without allowing a run and striking out 15.The NPF season begins in June.
Sutton on Player of the Year Watch ListSenior Alex Sutton was announced as one of 50 players on the Amateur Softball Association's Top-50 Preseason Watch List for its sixth annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award released in January.
The 2007 Preseason Watch List is comprised of 50 players representing 33 schools and 11 different NCAA Division I Conferences. A complete list of the players with photos and links to their collegiate bios can be found in the 'College Corner' on the USA Softball website -- www.usasoftball.com.
Sutton hit a personal-best .352 last season, led Cal in on-base percentage (.464) and finished second on the team in slugging percentage (.497), RBI (36) and doubles (12).
The ASA will announce the 25 finalists on April 4. A player does not have to appear on the initial watch list to be considered as a Top-25 finalist, but once the Top-25 is named the remaining finalist must be selected from that list. Just days before the start of postseason play, a list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 9. The final three finalists will be announced May 23 while the winner of the 2006 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of the 2007 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.
The `07 ScheduleThe 2007 California softball schedule has the Golden Bears traveling throughout the country, facing 18 opponents that made postseason appearances in the 2006 season. Of those 18 opponents, 14 finished the season ranked in top-25 national polls (ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA). The 2007 schedule also includes 15 home games at Levine-Fricke Field, including 11 Pac-10 Conference match-ups.
In Other News...Jennifer Deering was hired as an assistant coach at Boston University this season. A member of the 2002 national championship team, Deering most recently served as the head varsity softball coach at Piedmont High School. In her first season at the helm, Deering led the 2006 Piedmont softball team to its first Bay Side Athletic League championship in thirteen years. The team also earned its first-ever North Coast Sectional first place seeding. Deering was named the East Bay Coach of the Year by the Oakland Tribune after the team went 19-4 in her tenure. Deering's responsibilities as an assistant will include working with the pitching staff and spearheading BU's recruiting efforts.
The Ninemire EffectNo coach in the history of California athletics has won more games than Diane Ninemire (873). Since her first year in the dugout in 1988, Ninemire has continually taken the Bears to new heights as one of the winningest and most successful softball programs in the nation, especially over the past eight seasons. Under the guidance of Ninemire, California has earned a place among the nation's elite. With a national championship, nine Women's College World Series trips, and 19 straight NCAA Regional appearances to her credit, it is no wonder that Cal enters every season as a national contender.
Since the 1999 season, California is an impressive 430-156 (.733), including a 171-52 mark (.766) over the last three seasons. Since 1999, Ninemire's teams have won at least 48 games each year, including five 50-win seasons.
Since Ninemire's tenure at Cal, 34 All-America, 80 all-region, and 129 all-conference certificates have been issued to Golden Bear athletes. Two of Ninemire's former players - Michele Granger and Gillian Boxx - were four-time All-Americans and helped the United States to win a Gold Medal as members of the 1996 Olympic Team in Atlanta.
The 2006 campaign was no different in terms of success. With a roster that had lost four, four-year starters, Ninemire assembled a group that produced 48 wins, an appearance in the NCAA Super Regional, and a final No. 9 national ranking. The veteran coach logged her 850th career victory on May 13 with a 10-inning victory over Washington.
'07 CALIFORNIA Player Notes
#00 Brittany LaRosa (Fr., Diamond Bar, CA): Has posted a 4-3 record and two shutouts this season ... in her collegiate debut vs. Kansas (2/9) LaRosa allowed just two hits in five innings of work for her first complete game and shutout ... she scattered four hits in seven innings for her second win and shutout vs. UCSB on 2/10 ... From Feb. 18-20 (6.1 innings pitched) LaRosa gave up just one run on two hits and two strikeouts ... LaRosa collected the win vs. Delaware State on Mar. 2 after recording a season-high six strikeouts ... pitched the first three innings and gave up just one hit at UNLV on Mar. 3 ... Collected her first career save in Cal's 3-2 win over Loyola-Chicago on Mar. 7, allowing just one hit with a pair of strikeouts in three innings of work ... LaRosa has only given up seven extra base hits this season and a staff-low 52 hits
#2 Morgan Siegel (So., Anitoch, CA): Has posted a .296 batting average this season ... has scored a team-high 24 runs and has recorded 11 stolen bases ... had five stolen bases in from Feb. 18-23 ... has been issued a team-high 15 walks ... went 1-for-3 with a pair of runs in the season-opening win against Kansas (2/9) ... went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the 6-1 win over San Diego State (2/9) ... went 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI vs. Florida International (2/18) ... scored two runs vs. Utah State (2/18) ... Hit .545 from Feb. 20-25 ... went 2-for-2 with two runs vs. Notre Dame on Feb. 23 ... scored two runs vs. Ohio State (2/24) and three runs vs. Maryland (2/25) ... scored a total of four runs with a stolen base at the UNLV Invitational, Mar. 2-4
#3 Alex Sutton (Sr., Morgan Hill, CA): Currently owns an eight-game hitting streak (Mar. 3-Mar. 11) and has at least one hit in 10 of her last 11 games ... hitting .308 this season with 16 runs, five HR and 25 RBI ... has drawn 11 walks ... has a 1.000 fielding percentage ... went 3-for-3 with three runs and four RBI vs. Utah State on Feb. 18 ... Sutton broke out in a big way at the Palm Springs Classic, Feb. 23-25 ... she blasted a grand slam in the first inning to help lift Cal to a 7-5 win over Notre Dame (2/23)... the next game Sutton delivered two solo home runs vs. Oklahoma State ... despite suffering a tough 10-7 loss to Ohio State (2/24), Sutton helped keep Cal in the contest with four RBI ... also recorded a 1.133 slugging percentage, hit 10 RBI, and scored three times in the tournament ... delivered a clutch hit in the top of the seventh inning when her single thru the left side scored Christina Schallig to put Cal up 5-4 at UNLV on Mar. 3 ... went 1-for-3 with three RBI, including a two-run home run in the fifth inning vs. UConn (Mar. 9) ... went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI vs. Ea. Illinois on Mar. 10 ... went 2-for-4 with three runs and three RBI, including a two-run home run in the seventh inning in Cal's 15-5 win over Iowa State on Mar. 10 ... went 2-for-4 with a run vs. Northern Iowa in Mar. 11
#4 Shannon Houston (Fr., New Egypt, NJ): Has scored 15 runs this season ... has been primarily used as a pinch runner ... is 10-for-12 in stolen bases ... had two stolen bases with a run scored at San Diego State (2/9) ... recorded three stolen bases and went 1-for-1 with three runs and two RBI vs. Florida International (2/18) ... scored a run vs. Ohio State (2/24) and went 1-for-1 vs. Maryland (2/25) ... scored a pair of runs at the UNLV Invitational, Mar. 2-4 ... produced a .375 batting average with four runs and three RBI from Mar. 7-11 ... went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI including a key hit which unlocked a 5-5 tie to score Bernice Masaniai and Gina Leomiti vs. Iowa State on Mar. 10
#6 Julie Meyer (Jr., Yardville, NJ): Currently hitting .182 on the season ... has two doubles, with eight RBI and nine runs scored ... scored three runs in two games (Feb. 18-20) ... went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored in the season-opening win vs. Kansas (2/9) ... went 1-for-2 with two runs vs. St. Mary's on Feb. 20 ... scored a run in Cal's 9-4 win over Santa Clara on Feb. 28 ... Connected for her second home run of the season with a three-run shot over the left field wall in the second inning in Cal's 3-2 win over Loyola-Chicago on Mar. 7
#7 Christina Schallig (Fr., Carson, CA.): Leads the team with a .387 batting average ... also has scored 21 runs, while posting a team-best 26 RBI ... owned a nine-game hitting streak (Feb. 18-28) ... has six RBI in her last four games ... has scored at least one run in 11 of her last 20 games ... went 3-for-4 with a run scored in the 6-1 win over San Diego State (2/9) ... went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run vs. Florida International (2/18) ... scored two runs vs. Utah State (2/18) ... went 1-for-1 with four RBI vs. St. Mary's on Feb. 20 ... hit a team-best .571 from Feb. 20-25 ... went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI vs. Ohio State (2/24) ... went 1-for-1 with two runs and two RBI vs. Maryland (2/25) ... went 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBI in Cal's 14-6 win over Delaware State on Mar. 2 ... scored what would be the game winning run in the in the top of the seventh in Cal's 5-4 win over UNLV (3/3) ... went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI vs. Iowa State on Mar. 10 ... delivered the game-winning three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning in Cal's 6-5 come from behind win over Northern Iowa on Mar. 11
#8 Lauren Frankiewicz (So., Vienna, VA): Named to the NIST All-Tournament team (Mar. 9-11) ... has posted a 7-4 record with a 2.67 ERA this season ... leads the pitching staff with 91 strikeouts ... had 23 strikeouts from Feb. 14-23 ... had 30 strikeouts from Feb. 28-Mar. 4 ... allowed just one run, which came in the sixth inning, in the 6-1 win over San Diego State on Feb. 9 ... earned the win against Notre Dame (2/23) after striking out three in 6.2 innings of work ... picked up the victory at UNLV with seven strikeouts ... went 3-0 with 2.13 ERA and 31 strikeouts from Mar. 7-11 ... allowed one run on five hits with seven strikeouts for her fifth win of the season vs. Iowa on Mar. 9 ... recorded a season-high 10 strikeouts for her sixth win vs. Eastern Illinois on Mar. 10 ... allowed one run on six hits with nine Ks vs. Northern Iowa
#11 Marissa Drewrey (Fr., Oakdale, CA): Is 7-3 with a 3.99 ERA ... despite suffering the loss to UMass (2/10), Drewrey was still impressive in her first collegiate start, allowing just one run on two hits with a strikeout in six innings of work ... had a season-high three strikeouts vs. St. Mary's on Feb. 20 ... went 3-1 from Feb. 20-25 ... picked up the win after allowing one run on four hits in 3.2 innings of work vs. Maryland (2/25) ... registered the win vs. Santa Clara on Feb. 28 ... compiled a 2-0 record with a 2.00 ERA from Mar. 7-11 ... alllowed one run on four hits in six innings of work for her seventh victory of the season vs. Iowa State on Mar. 11
#12 Vernae Sevilla (Fr., Rancho Cucamonga, CA): Has posted a .277 batting average ... has had at least one hit in 11 of her last 17 games ... has posted a .953 fielding percentage (46 PO, 36 A, 4 E) ... had three hits, two runs, and an RBI at the Campbell-Cartier Classic ... went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the season-opener vs. Kansas (2/9) ... went 2-for-2 with three RBI and a run scored vs. Utah State on Feb. 18 ... had an RBI vs. Notre Dame (2/23) ... had two hits vs. Oklahoma State (2/23) ... went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored vs. Delaware St. (3/2) ... went 1-for-4 with an RBI vs. Iowa on Mar. 9
#13 Erika Racklin (Jr., Pittsburg, CA): Hitting .324 this season ... has scored eight runs in her last four games (Mar. 9-11) ... produced two hits and a run scored at the Campbell-Cartier Classic ... had a stolen base a scored the game's first run in the 2-0 win over UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 10 ... scored a run vs. San Jose State on Feb. 14 ... went 3-for-3 (season-best) with two runs vs. Maryland on Feb. 25 ... hit .348 for the week Feb. 28-Mar. 4 with seven runs, three RBI and a triple ... went a productive 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBI with a stolen base vs. Santa Clara on Feb. 28 ... went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI vs. Delaware State (3/2) ... went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs at UNLV on Mar. 3 ... hit .400 with five runs scored, Mar. 7-11 ... went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs vs. Northern Iowa on Mar. 11
#16 Katie Vickers (Jr., San Diego, CA): Hitting .308 with 22 RBI ... opened the season with a five-game hitting streak (Feb. 9-14) ... has had at least one hit in 21-of-28 games played this year ... had a six-game hitting streak (Feb. 18-24) ... was real active at the plate at the Campbell-Cartier Classic, with five hits, three RBI, and a run scored ... was 2-for-3 and had an RBI single in the sixth inning to plate Shannon Houston to put Cal up 2-0 vs. Santa Barbara (2/10) ... went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs vs. Utah State (2/18) ... hit her first home run of the season (a two-run shot) vs. St. Mary's on Feb. 20 ... hit .368 from Feb. 20-25 ... went 2-for-2 with an RBI vs. Oklahoma (2/24) ... hit a first inning grand slam and finished 2-for-3 with five RBI vs. Maryland on Feb. 25 ... went 1-for-4 with two runs and an RBI vs. Delaware State on Mar. 2 ... had an RBI vs. Iowa State on Mar. 10
#17 Carly Winger (So., Orlando, FL): Hit the walk-off home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to seal a 9-1 victory over St. Mary's on Feb. 20 ... is hitting .289 this season with seven runs scored ... owned a four-game hitting streak (Feb. 25-Mar. 3) ... hit .300 from Feb. 20-25 with four runs, two home runs and two RBI ... hit a solo home run vs. Oklahoma on Feb. 24 ... had an RBI vs. Iowa on Mar. 9 ... had two hits vs. Eastern Illinois on Mar. 10
#19 Jessica Moore (Jr., Santa Clara, CA): Has appeared in 15 games with 15 plate appearances ... has three runs scored on the season
#21 Bernice Masaniai (Fr., Stanton, CA): Hitting .290 with 19 runs and 14 RBI this season ... has scored seven runs since Mar. 7 ... had a five-game hitting streak (Feb. 18-23) and nine RBI from Feb. 18-28 ... posted three hits with an RBI and a run scored at the Campbell-Cartier Classic ... went 1-for-3 including the season's first RBI that scored Morgan Siegel in the first inning vs. Kansas (2/9) ... went 2-for-3 including a three-run home run vs. Florida International on Feb. 18 ... scored two runs vs. Utah State on Feb. 19 ... went 2-for-3 vs. SMC on Feb. 20 ... went 2-for-3 with an RBI vs. Oklahoma State (2/23) ... went 1-for-3 with two RBI vs. Maryland (2/25) ... hit .400 with seven runs, four RBI and two home runs from Mar. 7-11 ... went 2-for-4 with three runs and a double vs. UConn on Mar. 9 ... went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run vs. Eastern Illinois on Mar. 10 ... went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI and a home run vs. Iowa State on Mar. 10
#23 Taylor Kelly (Fr., Santee, CA): Has played in 23 games this season and has five stolen bases, nine runs and 13 RBI ... had two hits with a run scored and an RBI at the Campbell-Cartier Classic ... went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored vs. Kansas on Feb. 9 ... went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI vs. Utah State on Feb. 18 ... went 1-for-3 with a run and RBI vs. Santa Clara on Feb. 28 ... had her best game of the season by going 4-for-5 with five RBI vs. UConn on Mar. 9 ... scored two runs vs. Eastern Illinois on Mar. 10
#45 Gina Leomiti (So., San Diego, CA): Has played in 20 games with 41 plate appearances ... came up with the season's first big hit when her two-out double in the second inning scored three runs in Cal's 8-0 victory over Kansas (2/9) ... had a solid game vs. Delaware State (3/2) with three hits on four plate appearances, two RBI and a run scored ... scored three runs vs. UConn on Mar. 9 ... went 4-for-5 with three runs and an RBI on Mar. 10 vs. Iowa State ... had two hits vs. Northern Iowa on Mar. 11