Cal Wraps up Regular Season at Arizona, Arizona State
May 6, 2008
QuicklyThe 23rd-ranked California softball team wraps up the 2008 regular season this week at Arizona (May 8) and Arizona State (May 9-10). Looking to finish the season on a strong note, the Golden Bears will wait to see if they receive a 23rd straight selection to the NCAA postseason when the bids are announced on Sunday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m. (PT) on ESPNU.
NCAA selection show 411ESPNU will be televising the 2008 NCAA Division I Softball Selection Show at 7 p.m. PT (30-minute show) after the conclusion of the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse First Round Game. After the 'official' DI Softball show has aired on ESPNU, ESPNEWS will televise a 3-5 minute DI Softball update (bracket announcement) between 7:30 and 8 p.m. PT. ESPNews can be found in the Bay Area on Comcast channel 402 and DirecTv channel 207. ESPNU can be found on DirecTv channel 609. Be sure to check your local listings to see if you get ESPNU and/or ESPNews in your area.
Quick hitsBernice Masaniai had back-to-back games with three-run home runs (at Oregon State and Oregon) ... Marissa Drewrey ranks 19th in the nation in wins (26) ... Drewrey has only allowed one earned run over her last 18 innings .... additionally, she hasn't allowed a home run since April 6 ... Valerie Arioto has six runs, four RBI and three doubles since April 25 ... additionally, Arioto ranks 31st in the nation in walks per game (0.67).
Season records updateValerie Arioto became the became the first player since Vicky Galindo in 2005 to score 49 runs (fifth-best in a single-season) after crossing home plate twice at Oregon (May 3) ... Gillian Boxx holds the single-season program record with 56 runs in 1995 ... Arioto needs two more runs to tie Lindsay James' 51 runs in 2004 for the fourth-most runs in a season ... Arioto's 17 doubles are tied for third-most in a season (needs one more to tie Vicky Galindo and Candace Harper for most in a season -18) ... Ericka Racklin, who already ranks second in stolen bases in a season (26) needs two more to tie Keri Kropke for the most in a season (28) ... Julie Meyer is tied for fifth for being hit most by pitches with eight this season ... Marissa Drewrey is one start away from tying Kristina Thorson for fifth-most starts in a season with 40 ... Drewrey tied Kelly Anderson for fifth-most appearances (46) at Oregon on May 3.
40-40-40Cal earned win No. 40 following its 6-1 win at Oregon on May 3 ... it is the ninth time since 1999 that Cal has won 40 or more games ... Valerie Arioto, Erika Racklin and Gina Leomiti have all scored 40 runs or more this season (the last time Cal had three players with 40 or more runs was in 2004) ... Sanoe Kekahuna, Bernice Masaniai and Leomiti have all produced 40 or more RBI this season.
Offensive surgeCal has 439 hits (second in the Pac-10) through 61 games this season, five more than last season when the Bears had 434 hits through 61 games ... Cal entered the record books in 2007 with 470 hits - tenth-best all-time ... the Bears also have four players (with a minimum of 10 plate appearances) hitting .300 or better ... freshman Sanoe Kekahuna leads the team in batting average (.333), while freshman Valerie Arioto leads the club in doubles (17), runs (49) and triples (4) ... Cal's RBI production has been steady as well -- the Bears have accumulated 257 RBI (fourth most for a season and third-best in the Pac-10), two off the pace from last year through 61 games ... Cal set a program record with 278 RBI in 2007 ... the timely hitting has led to a bundle of runs as well -- Cal has crossed home plate 295 times -- fourth most in a season, third most in the Pac-10 and six behind last year's pace of 301 through 61 games ... Cal had a school-record 322 runs scored in 2007.
The numbers gameCal has outscored its opponents 112-31 in the first two innings of games played this season (56-21 in the first inning and 56-10 in the second inning) ... that scoring outburst has helped Cal to 29-4 record when leading after two innings this season ... additionally, The Bears are 35-4 when leading after four innings and a perfect 23-0 when leading after six ... it also pays to score three or more runs - Cal is 34-4 when scoring three or more runs, but just 6-17 when being held to two runs or less ... the Bears are 31-2 when holding its opposition to two runs or less as well.
NFCA RPI updateAccording to the NFCA, Cal's RPI is No. 29 through games played May 5. When determining the RPI for each team, the following basic formula is used by the NFCA: 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 13 opponents ranked in the RPI Top 50.
Multiple offendersTen Bears have had multi-hit games this season, including Valerie Arioto, who has a team-best 16 multi-hit performances ... Arioto, who has 14 hits in her last 15 games, has five three-hit games this season ... Gina Leomiti is a multiple offender, leading the team with 14 multiple RBI games this year ... three Bears have had five or more RBI in a single game this season (Sanoe Kekahuna, Bernice Masaniai and Julie Meyer).
Standing tall in the circleMarissa Drewrey, a 6-3 product from Oakdale, Calif., has compiled a 26-13 record with a 1.72 ERA (eighth in the Pac-10) and 266 strikeouts (fourth in the Pac-10), including nine 10+ strikeout performances ... her 26 wins are 19th in the nation ... tied Kelly Anderson for fifth-most appearances (46) ... nearly pitched a perfect game against UC Davis (4/30) but settled for the one-hit shutout (no walks allowed) in Cal's 1-0 win ... earned her fourth career save against Washington on Apr. 27 ... tossed her ninth shutout of the year with 10 strikeouts in Cal's 1-0 win over Stanford on Apr. 20 ... pitched a career-high 11 innings in Cal's 3-2 win over Oregon on Apr. 11 ... earned win No. 20 after allowing one run to nationally-ranked Arizona on Mar. 29 ... 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) ... 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, 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, limited the Sooners to three hits over seven innings with three strikeouts ... in the final day of the tournament versus Nevada, fanned a career-best 16 batters to help the Golden Bears to a 5-2 win ... won her 20th career game, allowing one earned run on three hits with five strikeouts against No. 15-ranked Hawaii (Mar. 1) ... tossed a one hitter against Santa Clara (Feb. 23), striking out nine of the 15 batters she faced ... earned the win against Nebraska at the Kajikawa Classic on Feb. 15 when she allowed one run on one hit with six Ks in seven innings of work in Cal's 6-1 victory ... was impressive in Cal's opening weekend of play at the Cathedral City Classic with 14 strikeouts vs. Winthrop and 13 strikeouts vs. New Mexico State ... finished the tournament with 40 strikeouts in 28.2 innings pitched (with a 0.73 ERA).
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 of Pleasanton, Calif. , is hitting .330 this season with 49 runs (second in the Pac-10), four triples (No. 1 in the Pac-10), 27 RBI and has a 2.04 ERA with 92 strikeouts in the circle ... owned a five-game hitting streak (Apr. 6-16) ... had four straight games with a double (Apr. 11-16) ... scored two runs at Oregon on May 3 ... was clutch vs. UC Davis (4/30) when she hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh inning to score Taylor Kelly from first base, giving the Bears a 1-0 win ... drilled her second home run of the season, a solo shot, and scored two runs in Cal's 3-1 win over Washington (4/27) ... hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Cal a 3-2 win over Oregon (Apr. 11) ... notched her first career home run as a Bear against Sacramento State on Mar. 11 ... went 2-0 and collected a save at the NIST, Mar. 7-9 ... produced a team-best .563 average with two doubles, a triple and eight runs at the Eller Media Stadium Classic (Feb. 29-Mar. 2) ... hit .333 at the dish at the Mustang Classic, with six runs and five RBI .. 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 ... 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. ... 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) ... went 2-for-3 with four RBI, including a bases-clearing triple in the second inning, which gave Cal a 3-0 lead in a 5-1 win over Winthrop (Feb. 9).
Rarely caught stealingSenior Erika Racklin has 26 stolen bases (third in the Pac-10) in 30 attempts this season and currently has 70 for her career (81 attempts) - second all-time in program history. Racklin isn't the only Bear not getting caught stealing. Shannon Houston is a perfect 10-for-10, Gina Leomiti is 7-for-8, Valerie Arioto is 13-for-15 and Bernice Masaniai and Katie Vickers are both 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts.
Aloha airlinesFreshman Sanoe Kekahuna, a product of Maui, Hawaii, ranks eighth in hits (58), fifth in RBI (45), eighth in total bases (99) and fourth in doubles (15) in the Pac-10. She owned a 12 game hitting streak from Feb. 10-Feb. 23.
This and thatCal has had a flare for the dramatics in the month of April ... Valerie Arioto hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Bears a 3-2 win over Oregon (Apr. 11), Bernice Masaniai drilled a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Cal to a 1-0 win over Stanford on Apr. 20 and Arioto capped off the month of April with a walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh to give Cal a 1-0 win over UC Davis on Apr. 30 ... senior Julie Meyer belted her sixth home run of the season against Oregon State (Apr. 13) to give her 25 for her career - fourth all-time in program history ... Erika Racklin went a perfect 5-for-5 at the dish on Apr. 11 vs. Oregon ... 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) ... the grand slams were career firsts for Houston and Kekahuna ... Kekahuna tied a school single-game record with seven RBI with a home run and a double vs. Texas Tech on Feb. 16.
900 for NinemireTwenty-first year head coach Diane Ninemire reached another milestone in her storied Cal tenure with career win No. 900, after the Bears defeated Long Beach State, 15-7 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 (929) 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.
Olympic GoldFormer Cal Bear Vicky Galindo was named to the 15-member roster when the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) announced its 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 Aug.12. 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. Seeing time at second and designated player, Galindo is coming off an outstanding 2007 summer where she was second on the national team with a .500 (18-for-36) batting average and no errors in the field. Since softball's inception as an Olympic sport in 1996, a Cal 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 the 2000 Olympiad in Sydney, Nicole DiSalvio was a 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 the national team.