No. 14 California Takes on Saint Mary's Wednesday at Levine-Fricke Field

April 14, 2009

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This Week's Game Information

Sites: at Levine-Fricke Field (Cal); Alberta B. Farrington Stadium (ASU); Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium (Arizona)

Game Times: California: Wednesday, Apr. 15, 3:00 p.m. vs Saint Mary's; at No. 5 Arizona State (Tempe, Ariz.): Friday, Apr. 17, 7:00 p.m.; at No. 9 Arizona (Tucson, Ariz.): Saturday, Apr. 18, 7:00 p.m.; at No. 9 Arizona (Tucson, Ariz.): Sunday, Apr. 19, 12:00 p.m.

Live Stats: Gametracker available for the Arizona State and Arizona Games

Last Time Out: After dropping the first game of their series against the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal, 4-1, at Stanford, the Bears rallied at Levine-Fricke Field, winning 3-1 on Friday and pulling off the dramatic 8-6 victory on Saturday. After Stanford scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game, the Bears' Taylor Kelly hit a two-run home to dead center field to give the Bears the game and series victory.

Up Next: The Bears will host Oregon State for a single game and Oregon for a pair April 24-26 at Levine-Fricke Field. The Bears went 1-2 on their road trip to Oregon/Oregon State earlier this season.

Golden Bear News & Notes

The California Golden Bears will play on Wednesday afternoon, April 15, hosting the Saint Mary's Gaels at Levine-Fricke Field. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. This is the second-to-last non-conference game of the regular season for the Bears. They play at UC Davis on Wednesday, April 29. The Bears are back to Pac-10 action this weekend with an important series against Arizona State and Arizona. The three-game set will close out the Bears' first trip through the Pac-10 opponents this season.

Cal moved up to No. 14 in both the USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball Polls after their dramatic series victory over the Stanford Cardinal last week. Despite the pair of losses to the Bears, the Stanford Cardinal retained their No. 2 national ranking. In this week's USA Today/NFCA poll, the Pac-10 has four schools ranked in the top-5 with just No. 1 Florida being the exception. Friday night's opponent, Arizona State, ranks No. 5 in the USA Today/NFCA poll and No. 8 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll. Arizona is No. 9 in the USA Today/NFCA poll and No. 11 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll

Junior short stop Taylor Kelly earned Pac-10 Player of the Week recognition for her efforts in the Stanford series. Kelly belted a two-run home run to dead center field to give the Bears an 8-6 victory in Saturday afternoon's rubber game of the series. Two of Kelly's three hits in the series were home runs. She drove in three of the Bears' runs in the series and crossed the plate three times herself. This is the first time this season a Cal player has earned the weekly Pac-10 honor and the first time in Kelly's career she earned the accolade.

Sophomore pitcher Valerie Arioto had a pair of complete game victories for the Bears, posting a 2.19 ERA in her two appearances. Arioto also led Cal at the plate, logging five hits in nine at-bats (.556), including hitting a pair of doubles, to drive in a pair of runs. Arioto is second on the team with a .330 batting average this season and leads the squad with a 1.60 ERA and a 12-3 record in the circle.

Freshman outfielder Jamia Reid had five hits in ten at-bats in the Stanford series, going 5-for-7 in the final two games. Reid leads the team with a .350 batting average but has really flexed her offensive muscles against Pac-10 pitchers, batting .435 (10-for-23) in Conference games. Reid ranks 17th in batting in the Pac-10 overall but is ranked fifth in Conference-only stats.

Senior first baseman Gina Leomiti has the longest active hitting streak on the team right now with at least one hit in each of the last five games.

The Bears only had two stolen base attempts in the series. The team, who lead the Pac-10 with 110 sb's this season, were 0-for-2 on the base paths in the Stanford series. The Bears have 57 more stolen bases than the next closest Pac-10 team (Oregon, 53). Cal base runners have just six stolen bases in Pac-10 games this season (6-for-9).

Quick Notes Cal began the season 11-1 before falling to Kansas on Feb. 22 - it was the best 12 game start to a season since 2005 ... Cal's highest ranking of the season thus far in the national polls has been 9th... the last time Cal was ranked higher than No. 9 was when it was ranked 5th in late 2006...the Bears have a Pac-10 best and school-record 110 stolen bases (on 124 attempts)... Cal is third in the nation in steals per game (2.75) ... the Bears have clocked 12 home runs since Mar. 24, including a season-high four at Pacific (3/25) ... Cal extended its perfect record to 17-0 when scoring six or more runs including scoring 12 on Oregon State and eight against Stanford ... the Bears are also 23-5 when scoring first this year ... Cal had a school single game record nine stolen bases against George Washington (2/14)... Cal has scored 10 or more runs seven times this season... the Bears pounded out a season-high 15 hits against Stanford (4/11)... the Bears have logged 10 or more hits in a game seven times this season... Jamia Reid owns the single-season steals record (currently at 31) ... Sanoe Kekahuna owns Cal's longest hitting streak of the season at nine (3/12-3/25) ... Valerie Arioto and Jamia Reid lead the team in multi-hit games (12) ... Jamia and Elia Reid both recorded single-game records of four steals this season (Elia at Hawaii, and Jamia vs. Providence) ... Gina Leomiti, who led the team in RBI last season, once again leads the team this year with 30 RBI ... playing competitive softball for the first time since high school in Fresno, Nikki Schrey (who played two years of soccer for Cal) has eight runs this season in 23 games... SP Marissa Drewrey has recorded eight or more Ks eight times this season, including a season-high 11 Ks against Wichita State - she is fourth in the league in strikeouts (177).

Stolen Bases Cal ranks third in the nation in steals per game (2.75) and own a school record and Pac-10-best 110 stolen bases in the books (on 124 attempts). The Bears also had a school record nine thefts against George Washington (2/14), and have recorded five or more stolen bases 10 times this season. Freshman Jamia Reid currently owns the school single-season record of 31 steals (No.1 in the Pac-10. No. 7 in the nation) and had an unofficial school record four steals against Providence (3/7). Her twin sister Elia is 23-27 in stolen bases (tied for third in the Pac-10), and tied Jamia's output with four steals of her own against Hawaii (3/12), while newcomer Shannon Thomas is 23-25 in stolen bases, tied for third in the Pac-10. The Bears have seven players who are perfect on the base paths this season, including Valerie Arioto who is a perfect 11-for-11 and Frani Echavarria who is 5-for-5.

Pitching Power The Bears own the third-lowest ERA in the Pac-10 (1.90) and have allowed just 72earned runs - third-lowest in the Pac-10. The Bears have allowed just 26 doubles, second-lowest in the league, and two triples - tied for second-best in the conference, while giving up just 11 home runs - third lowest in the conference. Opponents are hitting .220 against Cal as well, thanks to Valerie Arioto's 1.60 ERA (fourth-lowest in the Pac-10) and Marissa Drewrey's 184 strikeouts - fourth-best in the conference.

Yard Work The Bears have been on a home run tear of late, knocking 16 home runs in their last 11 games. Cal hit four home runs at Pacific (3/25) - including two by Valerie Arioto, and combined for five HRs against UCLA (3/28-29) and four against Stanford (4/10-11). Cal (42 home runs this year) is 7 round trippers away from tying the team record of 49 home runs set in 2007.

No Sophomore Slump for Val Valerie Arioto is 5-for-6 in her last two games with two doubles and two runs driven in. Arioto leads the team with 29 walks this season, giving her a .469 on base percentage. Arioto led the team last season drawing 48 free passes and posted a .444 OBP.

Arioto helped ignite Cal's 12 run game at Oregon State (4/5) when she hit a leadoff home run - her seventh HR of the season. She had her best game of the season at Pacific (3/25) when she went a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs, five RBI and two home runs.

She is tied for the team lead in multi-hit games (12) and leads the Bears with 32 runs this year (she scored the second most runs for a season in school history last season with 55), and has nine games with two or more runs. She has well surpassed her home run total of two last with seven this season.

Arioto had another career performance against Santa Clara on Feb. 18 when she blasted her first career grand slam in the second inning and pitched her first shutout of the season, allowing just one hit and striking out nine in the process. She also went 2-for-3 from the dish with two runs and a career-high six RBI - the most since Sanoe Kekahuna had a school-record seven vs. Texas Tech last season.

At the Carolina Classic, Arioto fanned a career-high 16 batters against George Washington - tying Marissa Drewrey for the third-most Ks in a game in program history. She has three games this season with 10 or more strikeouts. She fanned 14 batters in 16.0 innings in the Stanford series.

Drewrey in Charge 16-game winner Junior Marissa Drewrey is fourth in the Pac-10 in strikeouts this season with 184, seventh in ERA (2.12), and eighth in opposing batting average (.223).

Drewrey compiled a 3-0 record at the Chevron Spring Fling Tournament in Hawaii with a 0.40 ERA, one shutout, allowing just six hits, one earned run, three walks and 20 Ks in 17.1 innings pitched. She tossed a complete game shutout against Memphis (3/11) in the opening game of the tournament, allowing just one walk and scattering three hits with 7 Ks in 7 innings of work. The next game vs. Hawaii (3/12), Drewrey allowed just two hits with a run in five innings, as the Bears blasted Hawaii, 10-1 in five innings. Drewrey then relieved Valerie Arioto in the second inning of the game against St. John's (3/13) the following game (with Cal down 2-0) and dominated the Red Storm by striking out 10 and allowing just one hit with no walks and no runs in 5.1 innings of work to earn the win as Cal rallied for a 6-2 win. It was the fourth time this season that Drewrey has posted 10 or more Ks in an outing this season.

She was named the Muscle Milk California Student-Athlete of the Week (2/23) after her performances in the circle at the Cathedral City Classic. Drewrey went 3-1 at the CCC with a 0.33 ERA, two complete game shutouts and 25 strikeouts. Against Ole Miss, Drewrey pitched a one-hit shutout and was two outs away from a perfect game before giving up the lone hit in the seventh inning. Ole Miss scored 10 runs prior to its match up with the Bears and was shutout for just the second time this season. The following game against NC State, Drewrey relieved Valerie Arioto and pitched 6.2 innings and tied her season-high with 11 Ks. Against Maryland, Drewrey again pitched a complete game shutout, scattering four hits and walking just one with 8 Ks in Cal's 7-0 win.

Drewrey tossed five shutout innings and recorded 10 Ks (1 hit) against Riverside (3/1), and pitched a two-hit shutout against Providence (3/7).

Power Impact Sanoe Kekahuna leads the Bears in home runs this season with nine and owned the longest hitting streak at nine (3/12-25). In fact Kekahuna has 18 hits in her last 21 games, and produced her seventh multi-RBI game (tops on the team) after producing three at Oregon State (4/5). She has only gone hitless three times since March 12, a span of 18 games.

The Maui native went 4-for-11 in the Chevron Spring Fling tournament in Hawaii with four RBI, including a 2-run home run against Hawaii (3/12). With the productive weekend, Kekahuna raised her batting average to .317, her highest of the season (now currently at .302).

The sophomore picked up her offensive production from Feb. 28 to Mar. 8 when she had six hits, including two home runs, and 10 RBI. Against BYU (3/7) Kekahuna sparked the Bears comeback with a leadoff home run in the fourth inning that cut the deficit in half.

She also leads the team in slugging percentage (.596) and has also played solid defense behind the plate with 322 putouts and two errors this season.

Tale of Taylor Taylor Kelly is the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week. Kelly earned the honor for the first time in her career by belting the game (and series)-winning two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning in the third game of the Stanford series. Kelly, who entered the season with two career home runs, equaled that mark in the Stanford series alone. Kelly has five HR's this season. She has also nearly matched her run production from her first two seasons as well. She entered the year with 25 career RBI. She has driven in 20 runs already in 2009.

Jamin' Jamia Jamia Reid broke the school single-season record with her 29th stolen base at Pacific (3/25). Her current 31 steals is also tops in the Pac-10 (seventh in the nation per game). Reid is also first on the team in hits (43) and second in runs with 29.

At the Cathedral City Kickoff in the opening weekend, the EA Sports High School All-American went 2-for-5, including a two-run home run in the sixth inning against nationally-ranked Houston. The offensive output didn't stop there as Reid went 2-for-4 with two runs, including her second home run a three-run job in the second inning against Liberty. Reid continued her torrid pace at the plate with two hits, two runs and two-run home run in the first inning against Illinois.

There was no let down in her second week of action at the Carolina Classic. With Cal up 2-0 late in the game against Wichita State, Reid helped widen the lead with a 2-run home run with two outs in the sixth inning.

In the 5-1 win over George Washington Reid went 2-for-3 with two runs and three stolen bases including consecutive steals of second and third base in the fifth inning before scoring. In the final day of the tournament, Reid launched her fifth home run of the season on the very first pitch in the fifth inning. She was the catalyst in the first inning for the Bears when she singled, stole second and then scored courtesy of Gina Leomiti's single, giving Cal the early 1-0 lead.

Reid also made some early history with her first 4-for-4 performance at the plate against CS Fullerton (2/27).

She hit .533 with five runs, one triple, two RBI, 10 total bases a slugging pct of .667 and eight stolen bases at the Bayer CropSciences Classic hosted by Fresno State. Against Northern Illinois (3/6), the freshman had three hits on four ABs with two runs and two RBI, including a triple and two steals and produced her first career triple. The following game against Providence (3/7), she again went 3-for-4 with two runs and an unofficial school record four steals. She collected two more hits, a run and two steals against Fresno State (3/8).

Reid has been selected to two All-Tournament Teams - the Carolina Classic and the Bayer CropSciences Classic.

Scouting this week's opponents Cal opens the week with a home game against the Saint Mary's Gaels. The Gaels are 18-21 on the season and 3-9 on the road. They are coming off a Saturday triple header against Sacramento State where they lost two of three in the state's capital. The Gaels are a member of the Pacific Coast Softball Conference.

The Bears will need to watch for the long ball against Arizona. The Wildcats have three players ranked in the top 30 in the nation in hone runs. Stacie Chambers paces the country with 24 this season, followed by teammate Jenae Leles at No. 2 with 19. Samantha Bannister is 23rd with 11. The Bears' pitching staff has only surrendered 11 home runs this season.

Arizona is powering past their opponents, averaging 8.76 runs per game, the top average in the country. ASU is second with 7.74 runs per game.

Arizona State's Kaitlin Cochran ranks third with 17. ASU's Cochran leads the nation with a .627 on-base percentage. and paces the Pac-10 with a .450 batting average.

It will be the classic battle of pitching vs. hitting. The Bears' 1.90 team ERA is more than a full point lower than the Wildcats' 2.94. Arizona State is last in the Pac-10, with a team mark of 3.13.

Bears on TV Cal will be on television this season when it hosts Arizona on May 1 in Strawberry Canyon. Fox Sports will broadcast the game on a tape delay and re-air it on a later date still to be determined. The last time there was a TV game at Levine-Fricke Field was in 2005 when Cal played UCLA. The Bears were also on Fresno's Comcast channel 14 for their game against the Bulldogs on Mar. 8, and were on TV on KFVE-TV in Honolulu for the game on March 12 against Hawaii. CBS College Sports carried Cal's game at Stanford on April 9.

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