California Travels to Moraga to Face St. Mary's in Non-League Action
April 15, 2008
Berkeley - The California softball team, ranked No. 21 in the latest ESPN/USA Softball top 25 poll (No. 23 in the NFCA), takes a quick break from its conference slate with an afternoon affair vs. St. Mary's in Moraga on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.
Cal is currently 34-16, 3-6 in Pac-10 play, while the Gaels check in at 19-19, 5-3 in PCSC action.
The Golden Bears earned an 11-inning 3-2 win over Oregon on Friday, and split with Oregon State on Saturday (8-0 loss) and Sunday (3-0 win) at Levine-Fricke Field. Cal's 34th win of the season on Sunday also matches its win total from all of last season. SMC took two games over Santa Clara on Sunday to pull even in the wins and losses column.
Cal is a remarkable 41-0 all-time against St. Mary's in the series match up. The Bears earned a 9-1 win in five innings over the Gaels last season (Feb. 20) in Berkeley.
Molly Bergeson leads the 2008 version of St. Mary's with a .391 batting average including five triples, with 24 runs and 11 RBI to boot. Megan Galloway has 10 wins in the circle with a 2.79 ERA. She was named the Pacific Coast Softball Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season on Tuesday after posting a 3-0 record over the week, including the Gaels' first win over Oregon State since 1989.
A reason for Cal's success this season can be pointed to its pitching ace, Marissa Drewrey. The sophomore product from Oakdale has tallied 22 wins in the circle - third in the Pac-10 and sixth in the nation. Drewrey has also compiled eight shutouts with 220 strikeouts (fourth in the league) with a 1.68 ERA - seventh in the conference. She has recorded 10 or more strikeouts on seven occasions and has allowed just four earned runs in her last 19 innings pitched.
Cal's success at the plate can be attributed this year to its two standout freshmen - Sanoe Kekahuna and Valerie Arioto. Kekahuna paces the team with a .363 batting average, 14 doubles (No. 1 in the Pac-10), seven home runs and 43 RBI (No. 3 in the Pac-10). Arioto meanwhile has compiled a .357 batting average with a team-best 56 hits and a league-best four triples. The Pleasanton product has had two hits in each of her last three games and has produced a double in three straight games.
As a team, Cal boasts a .295 batting average, with 258 runs (third in the conference), 384 hits (second in the conference) and 225 RBI (third in the conference). Cal' 384 hits are 13 more than last year's clip of 371 through 50 games. The Bears entered the record books last season with 470 hits - tenth-best all-time.
The Bears have outscored their opponents 94-26 in the first two innings of games played this year (49-16 in the first inning) and 45-10 in the second inning. That scoring outburst has helped Cal to a 26-3 record when leading after two innings. Additionally Cal is a perfect 20-0 when leading after six innings.
After the St. Mary's contest, the Bears resume Pac-10 play vs. Bay Area rival Stanford, Friday through Sunday (two games at Stanford and one game on Sunday in Berkeley).