Golden Bears Continue Pac-10 Play at Home vs. Oregon, Oregon State
April 9, 2008
QuicklyThe 22nd-ranked California softball team (32-15, 1-5) returns to Levine-Fricke Field for Pac-10 softball action vs. Oregon on Friday and Oregon State on Saturday and Sunday. Cal remained in the Top 25 in both polls, also checking in at No. 24 in the NFCA (No. 22 in the ESPN/USA Softball).
Olympic GoldThe Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) announced on Mar. 28 its 15-person roster and three replacement players that will compete this August in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The 15 athletes will look to defend three consecutive Olympic Gold Medals when they begin competition in China on August 12. Former California Golden Bear Vicky Galindo was named to the 15-member roster. Galindo played for Cal from 2003-05 and was a two-time All-American, a three-time all-region selection and a three-time all-conference selection. Galindo scored 141 runs at Cal - fourth-most in program history. Since softball's inception as an Olympic sport in 1996, a Golden Bear player or coach has participated in each Olympiad. Michele Granger (USA), Gillian Boxx (USA) and Lisa Martinez (Puerto Rico) appeared in the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta. In addition, former Cal assistant coach Kim Maher, a standout at Fresno State, played for the United States as well that summer. In the 2000 Olympiad, Nicole DiSalvio was the pitcher for Team Italy. In the 2004 Olympics in Athens, head coach Diane Ninemire, along with Lindsay James and Chloe Kloezeman, suited up for the inaugural Greek national team, while DiSalvio returned for a second stint with Italian national team. Cal players have also competed for various national teams during non-Olympic years. After suffering a broken arm at the beginning of the Bound 4 Beijing tour, Galindo battled back to make her first Olympic team roster. She is the perfect combination of speed, power and defensive play. Seeing time at second and designated player, she is coming off an outstanding 2007 summer where she was second on the team with a .500 (18-for-36) batting average and no errors in the field.
The dish on Oregon and Oregon State
OREGON (26-16, 1-5): With many of Oregon's greatest softball players on hand for an alumni reunion, several generations of Duck fans savored a 3-2 home win Sunday over returning national champion Arizona ... The win was the Ducks' first against the Wildcats in nearly three years as senior pitcher Alicia Cook got the victory with a seasonhigh-tying eight strikeouts ... With her 112 strikeouts on the season, she is only one shy of the 10th-best total in school history. She already stands seventh all-time thanks to last year's total (125), and her career tally (388) ranks fourth-best all-time for UO.
OREGON STATE (23-18, 2-4): Oregon State took the early 1-0 lead in the Dodge Civil War Series behind a 7-4 win over the Ducks. Senior Cambria Miranda and freshman Audrey Roderfeld both tallied home runs in the win over Oregon with Miranda scoring two and Roderfeld scoring three. Roderfeld added a RBI double to lead the team with four total RBI ... Sophomore Dani Chisholm has come up big on the season in RBI situations, collecting 20 so far on the season in the top three of the order. The left-handed batting slapper also leads the team with a .374 batting average with 49 hits, 27 runs and 58 total bases.
NFCA RPI updateAccording to the NFCA, Cal's RPI is No. 27 through games played April 9. When determining the RPI for each team, the following basic formula is used for both the NFCA and NCAA RPI: 25% -- Winning percentage. 50% -- Opponents' winning percentage. 25% -- Opponents' opponents' winning percentage. It is critical to note that the NCAA does not endorse the NFCA's RPI. This season, Cal has faced or will face 12 opponents ranked in the RPI Top 50.
Hot batsCal has 361 hits (second in the Pac-10) through 47 games this season, 12 more than last season when the Bears had 349 hits through 47 games ... Cal entered the record books in 2007 with 470 hits - tenth-best all-time ... the Bears also have five players (with a minimum of 10 plate appearances) hitting .300 or better ... freshman Sanoe Kekahuna leads the team in batting average (.377), doubles (14), home runs (7), RBI (43) and total bases (89) ... Cal's RBI production is up from last season as well -- the Bears have accumulated 221 RBI (third in the Pac-10), two more than last year through 47 games ... Cal set a program record 278 RBI in 2007 ... the timely hitting has led to a bundle of runs as well -- Cal has crossed home plate 252 times, third-most in the Pac-10 and three behind last year's pace of 255 through 47 games ... Cal had a school-record 322 runs scored in 2007 as well.
The numbers gameCal has outscored its opponents 90-20 in the first two innings of games played this season (47-12 in the first inning and 43-8 in the second inning) ... that scoring outburst has helped Cal to 24-3 record when leading after two innings this season ... additionally, Cal is 30-2 when leading after four innings and 19-0 when leading after six ... it also pays to score three or more runs. Cal is 28-2 when scoring three or more runs, but just 4-13 when being held to two runs or less ... the Bears are 23-2 when holding its opposition to two runs or less as well.
Multiple offendersTen Golden Bears have had multi-hit games this season, including Gina Leomiti, Erika Racklin and Sanoe Kekahuna all producing 13 multi-hit games ... Valerie Arioto has five three-hit games this season ... Leomiti is also a multiple offender, leading the team with 13 multiple RBI games this year ... In fact three Bears have had five or more RBI in a single game this season (Kekahuna, Masaniai and Julie Meyer).
Standing tall in the circleMarissa Drewrey, the 6-3 product from Oakdale, CA, has compiled a 20-9 record with a 1.70 ERA and 207 strikeouts (fourth in the Pac-10), including six 10+ strikeout performances .... she earned win No. 20 after allowing one run to the nationally-ranked Arizona Wlidcats on Mar. 29 ... she earned her first career Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor on Mar. 18 after compiling a 4-0 record and a 0.72 ERA at the Capital Classic in Sacramento (Mar. 14-16) ... Drewrey returned from an injury that sidelined her a little over a week and threw two complete game shutouts against nationally ranked Ohio State and Oklahoma at the Capital Classic ... Against No. 19 Ohio State, she allowed seven hits (and just three after the second inning) to go along with 10 strikeouts in the 2-0 victory ... The following game against No. 11 Oklahoma, she limited the Sooners to three hits over seven innings with three strikeouts ... In the final day of the tournament versus Nevada, Drewrey fanned a career-best 16 batters to help the Golden Bears to a 5-2 win over the Wolf Pack ... she won her 20th career game, allowing one earned run on three hits with five strikeouts against No. 15-ranked Hawaii (Mar. 1) ... she tossed a one-hitter against Santa Clara (Feb. 23), striking out nine of the 15 batters she faced ... she earned the win against Nebraska at the Kajikawa Classic on Feb. 15 when she allowed one run on one hit and six Ks in seven innings of work in Cal's 6-1 victory ... she was impressive in Cal's opening weekend of play at the Cathedral City Classic when she recorded 14 strikeouts vs. Winthrop and had 13 strikeouts the following game vs. New Mexico State ... she finished the tournament with 40 strikeouts in 28.2 innings pitched (with a 0.73 ERA).
The big kahunaTo say that Sanoe Kekahuna is playing well this season would be a severe understatement. The freshman product from Maui is producing at a blistering pace at the dish this season. Kekahuna ranks in the top 10 in several categories among the Pac-10 leaders - tenth in batting (.377), second in hits (52), second in RBI (43), seventh in slugging percentage (.645), third in total bases (89) and first in doubles (14). Kekahuna also owns the league's longest hitting streak, which lasted 12 games from Feb. 10-Feb. 23. Kekahuna is already 15 RBI away from tying the school single-season record of 58 set by Haley Woods in 2005. Kekahuna could also potentially break into the top five single season hits record - Gillian Boxx had a school-record 90 hits in 1995, and break the single-season doubles record of 18 set by Vicky Galindo in 2004 and Candace Harper in 2002.
Local celebrityReferenced by Graham Hays of ESPN.com on his 'new faces poised to make instant impacts,' Valerie Arioto is one of the brightest young stars in the Pac-10 at the plate and in the circle .. the freshman product from Pleasanton is hitting .342 this season, with 40 runs (second in the Pac-10), four triples (No. 1 in the Pac-10), 21 RBI and has a 1.96 ERA with 74 strikeouts in the circle ... she notched her first career home run as a Golden Bear against Sacramento State on Mar. 11 ... she went 2-0 and collected a save at the NIST, Mar. 7-9 ... she produced a team-best .563 average with two doubles, a triple and eight runs at the Eller Media Stadium Classic (Feb. 29-Mar. 2) ... she hit .333 at the dish at the Mustang Classic, with six runs and five RBI .. she picked up her third win of the year after allowing an earned run on three hits in five innings of work with five strikeouts against UAB on Feb. 22 ... she tossed her first collegiate complete game, one-hit shutout (and nine strikeouts) against Western Michigan on Feb. 16 at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. ... she tallied a .467 batting average to go along with two runs, a double, a triple and four RBI at the Cathedral City Classic (Feb. 8-10) ... her impact at the plate was key in Cal's 5-1 win over Winthrop (2/9), when she went 2-for-3 with four RBI, including a bases-clearing triple in the second inning which gave Cal a 3-0 lead.
Rarely caught stealingSenior Erika Racklin has 21 (second in the Pac-10) stolen bases in 24 attempts this season and currently has 65 for her career (74 attempts) - second all-time in program history. But Racklin isn't the only Cal Bear not getting caught stealing. Shannon Houston is a perfect 9-for-9, Gina Leomiti is 7-for-8 and Bernice Masaniai and Katie Vickers are both 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts.
This and thatSenior Julie Meyer entered the Cal record books on Mar. 16 after she belted two home runs against Nevada at the Capital Classic, giving her five for the season and 24 for her career - fourth all-time in program history ... Cal recorded grand slams in two straight games - Sacramento State on Mar. 11 (Shannon Houston in the bottom of the fourth inning) and Princeton on Mar. 14 (Sanoe Kekahuna in the bottom of the fourth inning). Both grand slams were career firsts for Houston and Kekahuna ... Savannah Hensley has appeared primarily as a pinch runner, but has produced when on the base pads ... she has 12 runs in 30 games played.
900 for Ninemire21st year head coach Diane Ninemire reached another milestone in her storied California tenure with career win No. 900, after the Golden Bears defeated Long Beach State, 15-7 at the Eller Media Stadium Classic (hosted by UNLV) on Feb. 29. 'I'm very proud to have coached 21 years at Cal,' said Ninemire. 'The 900th win is very special and the team did it in style, putting up 15 runs against a quality opponent in Long Beach State. I'm extremely proud of my career at Cal. Every win has been sweet, but I'll remember this for a long time.' Ninemire has accumulated the second-most wins in Pac-10 history (921) and is the 11th softball coach in NCAA history to have 900 or more wins. The next winningest active coach in the Pac-10 is Stanford's John Rittman, who had 465 entering the 2008 season.