Cal Softball Inks Three Recruits the 2009-10 Season

Nov. 12, 2008

Berkeley - Three California high school standouts - pitcher Jolene Henderson, infielder Jordan Wallace and catcher Lindsey Ziegenhirt - have signed National Letters of Intent to join the University of California softball program for the 2009-10 season, Golden Bears head coach Diane Ninemire announced Wednesday.

'I feel that this is a really strong class,' said Ninemire. 'All three are very accomplished players on the field and in the classroom. They are all very strong academically. Jolene is one of the top pitching prospects in the country and she has led her team to the top of the national rankings. She is the type of pitcher we need in our program. We are also glad to have her teammate, Lindsey, who has been catching Jolene for four straight years. We're fortunate to have a catcher of her caliber. She is going to provide the necessary leadership behind the plate with her catching skills and will bring a big bat to the lineup. And Jordan is a big-time power hitter with great range. She is just a tremendous athlete who can provide a lot of depth to this team.'

Henderson, from Sheldon High School in Sacramento, has a bevy of high school accolades on her resume, including an ESPN/Under Armor All-American nod, and first-team all-league and All-Metro honors in 2008. She garnered Player of the Year honors from the Sacramento Bee and CalHi Sports in 2007 when she earned first-team all-league and All-Metro honors, as well. Henderson registered a 0.17 ERA in 2006, a 0.47 in 2007 and a 0.41 in 2008. She also posted a .400 batting average in 2008.

Henerson helped Sheldon to a pair of Sac-Juaquin Section championships in 2007 and 2008, and won a national title with her ASA club team, the Lady Magic, in 2008.

'I wanted to play at a Pac-10 school with great coaches and great teammates,' said Henderson. 'Cal also gives me the chance at a great education.'

A product of Fairfield, Wallace was a multiple all-league performer and was selected as the MVP of the Monticello Empire League in 2007. She was also co-MVP in 2006. Wallace earned all-state honors twice, including a first-team nod for the 2008 season when she hit a league-leading .461 with six home runs, 23 RBIs and 36 runs scored after batting .477 and hitting nine homers as a sophomore. She was a member of the Sorcerer's 18 Gold (ASA), and helped her team to a 13th-place finish at the 2008 Nationals. Wallace also earned several accolades in volleyball, including all-league honors for the Fairfield Falcons. Her father, Melvin, is a former player with the San Diego Chargers.

'I chose Berkeley because I am a California girl, and I look great in blue and gold,' said Wallace.

Ziegenhirt, a teammate of Henderson's at Sheldon, is also a highly decorated athlete. She earned All-America honors from ESPN/Under Armor, EA Sports and the NFCA in 2008. Ziegenhirt also collected first-team all-league, district and state honors in 2008 and was selected as the 2007 Delta River League Player of the Year. Last season, Ziegenhirt produced a .446 batting average, with 47 RBI, 14 doubles and six home runs. Sheldon was ranked as high as No. 3 in the country in 2007 and reached No. 1 in the national rankings last season, before ending the season ranked fourth. Ziegenhirt was also on the same Lady Magic ASA team as Henderson that captured the national title. Her mother, Laura, played softball at Pacific from 1980-83.

'I chose California because I knew the rigorous academics would challenge me to become a better student,' said Ziegenhirt. 'The Cal coaching staff will also challenge me to step up my game and make me a better player.'

The Bears begin their 2009 regular season in February.

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