No. 14/16 Cal To Play In NCAA Regional Championship Sunday Versus Oklahoma State
May 17, 2009
Game Information - Tallahassee, Florida Regional (JoAnne Graf Field) Friday, May 15th (All Times Pacific) 2:00 p.m. Game 1 -- No. 14/16 California 8, Mississippi State 3 4:30 p.m. Game 2 -- Oklahoma State 1, at No. 16/20 Florida State 0 Saturday, May 16th (All Times Pacific) 11:30 a.m. Game 3 -- No. 14/16 California 2, Oklahoma State 0 12:30 p.m. Game 4 -- at No. 16/20 Florida State 5, Mississippi State 0 3:00 p.m. Game 5 -- Oklahoma State 1, at No. 16/20 Florida State 0 (12 inn.) Sunday, May 17th 10:00 a.m. Game 6 -- Oklahoma State vs. No. 14/16 California 12:30 p.m. Game 7 -- No. 14/16 California vs. Oklahoma State (if necessary) *Game 7 will be necessary if Oklahoma State wins Game 6 News & Notes The No. 14/16 California Golden Bears have swept the first two games of the NCAA Tallahasse Regional. Cal will play in the Regional finals on Sunday against Oklahoma State and will need to win just one of two games to advance to an NCAA Super Regional against the winner of the NCAA Gainesville Regional. Host Florida and Lehigh will play in the championship game of that Regional on Sunday. The Golden Bears started their 2009 postseason with an 8-3 win over Mississippi State on Friday. Cal fell behind 3-0 after an inning and a half before storming back with eight unanswered runs. Sanoe Kekahuna (2-2, 2 HR, 2 RBI) blasted a pair of solo home runs for the Bears, while Elia Reed also went deep with a solo shot. Jamia Reid was 4-for-4 with a triple, stolen base and two runs scored. Marissa Drewrey tossed a complete game to earn the victory, scattering 10 hits and blanking the Bulldogs over the final five frames. Drewrey was the star in a 2-0 winners bracket win over Oklahoma State on Saturday with a two-hit complete game shutout that marked her 10th shutout of the season. Drewrey faced the minimum number of Cowgirl batters through the first five innings before her no-hitter was finally broken up on a leadoff single by Taylor Marcum in the sixth. She finished with seven strikeouts and did not walk a batter. The meeting was the first ever between the Bears and the Cowgirls. Cal is currently making its 24th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, which is the second longest streak in the nation. Since the Super Regional format was adopted in 2005, the Bears have advanced to a Super Regional three of the four years and won their Super Regional to advance to the WCWS in 2005. With the two victories in 2009, the Bears have improved to 56-31 all-time in NCAA Regional games and 77-53 overall in the NCAA Tournament. This is the second time that Cal has travelled to Tallahassee to play in a Regional. In 2001, the Bears advanced to the WCWS out of a Tallahassee Regional. Cal won its first two games to move on to a Regional finals against host Florida State that season. After falling 2-1 in their first championship game against the Seminoles, the Bears outlasted Florida State 3-2 in a 10-inning marathon to move on to Oklahoma City. Jamia Reid is swinging the hottest bat for Cal. Reid is batting .520 in the month of May with an .800 slugging percentage. Reid has also had the blazing green light on the basepaths with 12 stolen bases in her last seven games. Drewrey has been outstanding of late in the circle, having appeared in each of the Bears’ last 10 games (dating back to 4/25 against Oregon). Over that span, Drewrey is 6-0 with a 0.96 ERA, five complete games and two shutouts. In those 43.2 innings of work, she has struck out 37 batters with opponents hitting just .182 off Drewrey. Record Breaking Season: Bears Set New Team Marks For Stolen Bases And Home Runs The 2009 California Golden Bears own two school records. The Bears have shattered a season stolen base record that had stood for 30 years. In 1979, the team stole 104 bases. The 2005 team flirted with the record, coming up a four shy (100 stolen bases). Shannon Thomas stole the 105th base of 2009 on March 27 in the Bears’ home game against Washington and Cal has since run its total to 144. Jamia Reid set the individual single-season stolen base mark when she stole her 29th base of the season on March 25 at Pacific has now smashed the record with a current season total of 47. Reid has one stolen base in each of the team’s first two games at the NCAA Regional. The previous record of 28 was jointly shared by Keri Kropke (1992) and 2009 Bears’ volunteer assistant coach Erika Racklin, who stole 28 last season while playing for Cal. Shannon Thomas also passed the 28-steal mark this year and has the second-highest single-season total in program history, currently at 31. Elia Reid is also on the verge of passing the previous record with a current total of 26. The Bears also have set the new standard for home runs in a season. Valerie Arioto set the record when she hit a lead off home run in the May 2 game against Arizona State, the 50th blast of the season for Cal. The 2007 team set the previous record of 49. There have only been three Cal teams to belt more than 40 home runs as a team in a single season, with the 2005 squad finishing with 46. The Bears enter today’s contest with 55 home runs on the season after hitting three out of the park in Friday’s NCAA Regional opener versus Mississippi State. The Bears did not homer in their second Regional contest Saturday against Oklahoma State but have homered in five of the last eight games. Speed Racers Freshman outfielder Jamia Reid has stolen 12 bases in the last eight games and had been successful in 27 consecutive stolen base attempts before being thrown out at second base for the first time this season (third caught stealing total) versus Mississippi State on Friday. Cal ranks fourth in the nation in steals per game (2.62) and the team’s 144 stolen bases (161 attempts) lead the Pac-10. The Bears had a school record nine thefts against George Washington on February 14 and have recorded five or more stolen bases in a single game 12 times this season. The Bears base runners have stolen at least one base in 14 of their last 15 games. Freshman Jamia Reid had an unofficial school record four steals against Providence (3/7). Her twin sister Elia tied Jamia’s output with four steals of her own against Hawaii (3/12). Valerie Arioto challenged the record, trying for her fourth steal of the game at UC Davis (4/29), but was thrown out at second. It was the first time this season Arioto was caught stealing and ended a streak of 15 straight stolen bases for Arioto. Pitching Power The Bears pitching tandem of Marissa Drewrey and Valerie Arioto have combined to strike out 10 or more batters in a game 10 times this season. The staff has also been responsible for five one-hitters in games. versus Penn State (2/15), Santa Clara (2/18), Mississippi (2/20), Saint Mary’s (4/15) and Oregon (4/26). The Bears are third in the Pac-10 in strikeouts with 399. The Bears’ pitchers have doled out 110 more strikeouts than their opposition’s 289. Glove Work Valerie Arioto leads the Pac-10 in fielding percentage. In 230 defensive chances (166 putouts and 64 assists) between the circle and first base this season, Arioto has zero errors for a perfect 1.000. A Look At The Team Batting Titles Jamia Reid has taken a commanding lead in the team’s batting title race and is now hitting .364 after going a red-hot 11-for-17 (.647) in her last five games. Valerie Arioto, who is second on the club in both batting average (.335) and home runs (10), leads the team in RBI (36), walks (40), slugging percentage (.574) and on-base percentage (.473, No. 8 Pac-10). Sanoe Kekahuna took over the team lead in homers (11) from Arioto after going deep twice in Friday’s NCAA Regional opener,. 20-Game Winner Melissa Drewrey Pitching Well Marissa Drewrey won her 20th game of the season with her 4.0 innings of relief at UC Davis (4/29). She has not allowed a run in four of her last five appearances, giviing up just two earned runs over her last 24.0 innings during those five outings for an 0.58 ERA. Drewery has since improved to 23-10 on the season and has now recorded back-to-back 20 win seasons. She has a career mark of 63-37. Drewrey struck out her 200th batter of the season April 26th against Oregon, giving her back-to-back seasons with over 200 K’s and now has 606 career strikeouts. This season, her 234 rank her third in the Pac-10. Hitting Streaks Sanoe Kekahuna owned Cal’s longest hitting streak of the season at nine games (3/12-25). Valerie Arioto challenged with an eight-game streak (4/10-25). Arioto had a streak of 12 games reaching base safely (4/10-5/3). She made it to first base every game in the month of April but one. Jamia Reid has the longest active streak of five games (5/7-present) and has picked up a hit in eight of her last nine games. All-Pac-10 Team Valerie Arioto was named to the All-Pac-10 first team. Arioto, who doubles as a pitcher and a first baseman for the Bears, is hitting .335 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI. She is 14-8 with a 2.45 ERA and 165 strikeouts in 151.1 innings in the circle this season. This is the first time Arioto was earned first team honor after receiving second team honors last season as a freshman along with teammates Sanoe Kekahuna and Gina Leomiti. Arioto is the first Bear to be named to the first team since Kristina Thorson and Haley Woods both earned First Team honors in 2006. Freshman Jamia Reid, the Pac-10 stolen base leader, earned second team honors. Honorable mentions for this year’s squad were Marissa Drewrey, Gina Leomiti, Vernae Sevilla and Shannon Thomas. All-Pacific Region Valerie Arioto, Marissa Drewery and Jamia Reed also earned first team All-Region honors for the first time in their careers. Arioto and Drewrey were both second team All-Region selections in 2008. Pac-10 All-Freshman Team Cal outfielders Jamia Reid and Elia Reid were named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. Frani Echavarria earned an honorable mention. Pac-10 Player of the Week Taylor Kelly was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week ending 4/12. 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, equalled that mark in the Stanford series alone and has six on the year. National Rankings California is ranked fourth in the country in stolen bases per game (2.62) and 22nd in home runs per game (1.00). Jamia Reid has moved up to third in stolen bases per game (0.87), while Shannon Thomas is ranked 23rd (0.57) and Elia Reid 27th (0.53). Valerie Arioto is 27th in walks, drawing 0.73 per game as a batter. Marissa Drewrey’s 10 shutouts ranks her 24th among all DI pitchers. Pac-10 Standings Cal ended the conference schedule in fifth place in the Pac-10 standings, equalling its 2008 finish. The team’s10 Pac-10 wins are its most since 2006. It is the 14th time the team has logged double-digit victories in Pac-10 play. Winning Tradition Cal will finish the season with its 36th consecutive winning record. The Bears have not had a losing record in softball since 1973. They come into today’s game with an all-time program record of 1355-671-3 (.669).