No. 19/16 Cal Hopes to Heat Up at No. 6 Arizona State
April 13, 2010
Friday, April 16
7 p.m. - No. 19/16 Cal (30-11/1-5) at No. 6 Arizona State (35-6/4-2)
Farrington Stadium - Tempe, Ariz.
Series Record vs. the Sun Devils: 55-38, Cal
Last Meeting: L, 3-7 (5/3/09)
Saturday, April 17
7 p.m. - No. 19/16 Cal (30-11/1-5) at No. 6 Arizona State (35-6/4-2)
Farrington Stadium - Tempe, Ariz.
Sunday, April 18
Noon - No. 19/16 Cal (30-11/1-5) at No. 6 Arizona State (35-6/4-2)
Farrington Stadium - Tempe, Ariz.
BERKELEY - Pac-10 Conference play continues for the No. 19/16 California softball team, which travels to the desert for a three-game stand at No. 6 Arizona State. The Golden Bears (30-11 overall, 1-5 in the Pac-10) face off against the Sun Devils (35-6, 4-2 Pac-10) on Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17, with the first pitch for both slated for 7 p.m., before concluding the trip with a noon match on Sunday, April 18.
-The Bears hope to put an end to their three-game conference losing skid.
-Head coach Diane Ninemire won her 1,000th game on April 7.
-Cal leads the conference in steals with 109 with Jamia Reid pacing the Pac-10 with 41 steals.
-Henderson is fifth in the Pac-10 and 20th in the nation with her 1.25 ERA while Arioto is second in the conference with 206 strikeouts.
-Cal's 1.55 ERA is ranked 10th in the nation and third in the Pac-10.
-Jamia Reid leads the team with her .394 batting average.
-Valerie Arioto is first in the conference and nation with 53 walks, averaging 1.29 walks per game.
Ninemire Watch 2010: 1,000 Wins
Thanks to Cal's 6-0 win over Sacramento State on April 7, Cal head coach Diane Ninemire achieved an impressive career milestone with her 1,000 career win. Ninemire is the ninth coach in the history of Division I softball to notch 1,000 wins. Already the winningest coach - male or female - in all of Cal history for any sport, Ninemire now has a career record of 1,000-488 and is in her 23rd year as the Bears' head coach. Ninemire has overseen countless players, including 25 All-America selections, 146 All-Pac-10 players, 44 academic All-Americans and 86 All-Region choices. Ninemire won her first game at the helm of the Bears on Feb. 15, 1988, with a 2-0 decision over Pacific in only her second game as a head coach. All of her head coaching experience has been at Cal, where she has registered 22 winning seasons and 22 consecutive trips to the postseason. Ninemire also led Cal to a Women's College World Series title in 2002, which was the first NCAA championship for any women's team in Cal history.
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Last Time Out on the Diamond
The Bears opened the week on a very high note - a 6-0 win over Sacramento State on April 7. Against the Hornets, freshman pitcher Jolene Henderson had a perfect game through the first six innings of play. In all, Henderson fanned six batters and allowed just one hit. Valerie Arioto paced the team with five RBI while Jamia Reid and Shannon Thomas had two hits apiece. From there, the Bears traveled to Eugene, Ore., and suffered a series sweep by then-No. 21 Oregon. The weekend opener and closer were both nine-inning stands with Oregon registering late heroics to take the games. Oregon won April 9, 7-6, took a 1-0 seven-inning game on April 10 and ended the series with an 8-6 win on April 11.
Bears in the National Rankings
Cal has the fifth-lowest ERA in the nation 1.55, which is third in the Pac-10. Paving the way for that national ranking is Jolene Henderson, whose 1.25 ERA places her fifth in the Pac-10 and 20th in the country. Arioto's 1.37 ERA is not far behind, in 29th place. Leading the nation in pitching is LSU with a 1.23 ERA. With a conference leading 10 triples, Jamia Reid is 10th in the country. Jamia Reid is second in the country in steals, behind Mississippi State's Chelsea Bramlett, who is 51-51 in 43 games played, with Shannon Thomas holding down 13th place. Arioto's conference and record-setting 53 walks, an average of 1.29 per game, put her as the No. 1 walks leader in the nation. Thanks to those walks, along with her .352 batting average, Arioto's .594 on-base percentage makes her the third best in the country at getting on base.
Last Season's Series Versus the Sun Devils
Arizona State took the conference stand last year, which was spread out over 18 days. The first game of the series occurred April 17, 2009, and resulted in a 6-4 ASU win in the desert. Cal hosted the final two games on May 2 and 3, winning the first, 4-2, but dropping the rubber match, 7-3. The win was partially thanks to Marissa Drewrey, who earned the complete game victory, her 20th win of the season, after she allowed four hits, two earned runs, walking six and striking out three.
Next Week on the Diamond
Cal will take a brief break from conference play with a mid-week match-up at East Bay rival Saint Mary's on April 21 at 3 p.m. The Bears hold the perfect 45-0 all-time series record, which was extended thanks to their 6-2 win over the Gaels on March 27 at the Aggie Stampede. The weekend will feature a three-game homestand against No. 1 and defending national champion Washington. Cal hosts the Huskies on April 23 at 3 p.m., April 24 at 1 p.m. and April 25 at noon. Last season, the Bears won the middle game, avoiding the series sweep, but UW one the last game of the series, 11-3 in five-innings on May 9, 2009.
Arioto Named to Top-25 Watch List
Valerie Arioto made the cut for the top-25 finalists for the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA)'s watch list for the ninth annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award. This award, which is considered the most prestigious honors in Division I women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. The winner will be chosen from the list of 25 finalists and will be announced at the opening of the NCAA 2010 Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. Of the 25 players on the list, eight of them play in the Pac-10. Arioto was named to the Top-50 Watch List both this and last season.
Sophomore outfielder Frani Echavarria has improved by leaps and bounds from her freshman campaign. Last season, Echavarria finished the year with a .193 batting average after starting 49 of Cal's 58 games. This year, the Riverside, Calif., native is batting .347, good for fourth on the team. She's also slugging .444, placing her fourth amongst the Bears, and has 17 RBI to her credit.
Arioto Moving on Up: Runs
Valerie Arioto leapfrogged Pam Reinoehl on the all-time runs scored list. With 135 runs to her credit in her time thus far at Cal, Arioto is now in fourth on the career runs list. Reinoehl, who played from 1980-83, scored132 times. After scoring 55 runs her freshman year, 41 in her sophomore campaign and 39 thus far this season, Arioto has a shot at topping the list by the time her Cal career concludes. Currently, Lindsey James is first on the list with 163 runs from 2003-06.
Arioto Moving on Up: Homers
Thanks to her 10th home run of the season against Oregon on April 11, Valerie Arioto jumped into fifth place on the career homers list. She now has 22 roundtrippers to her credit, surpassing Candace Harper (1999-2002), who is now sixth with 21. Arioto will need four more to pass fourth place former letterwinner and current volunteer assistant coach Julie Meyers, who hit 25 in her time from 2005-08.
Jamia Reid: All-Time Steals Leader
Only part way through her sophomore season, Jamia Reid became the new California career leader in steals when she stole her 75th base on March 13 at home versus Fullerton, breaking a record that stood for 17 years. Tallying 47 steals in her freshman campaign (2009) and 41 as of April 13, 2010, for her current career total of 88, Reid well surpasses Keri Kropke (1990-93), who had 74. With those 41 bags, she is also six steals short of passing herself on the single-season steal list, where she commands first place with the 47 bases she stole last year.
In her second year in a Cal uniform after transferring from Texas, Shannon Thomas has already etched her name in the Cal record books. As of April 13, 2010, Shannon is in sixth place in career steals with 59. Thomas needs just a few more bags to further move up in the rankings as Vicky Galindo if fourth with 61 and Pam Reinoehl stole 60, putting her fifth. Coming into the season, Thomas was second on the single season steal list with 33, and is set to break her own personal record this season as she has already stolen 26 bases, which is good for a tie for sixth place with Elia Reid.
Jolene for the Save
Freshman right hander Jolene Henderson has earned two saves as of April 13. Henderson needs just one more save to move into a five-way tie for third place in single-season saves. The Elk Grove, Calif., native needs three saves to mount her tally to five to tie for fourth on the career saves list.
Drewrey Striking Out the Record Holders
Thanks to her 20 strikeouts halfway through the 2010 season, senior Marissa Drewrey has moved into the top-five of all-time strikeout leaders at Cal. With 644 career strikeouts to her credit, she displaced Whitney Floyd, who had 628. Coming into this year with 624 Ks, Drewrey earned her 629th strikeout in her first appearance of the season on February 13, 2010 against Michigan State to pass Floyd's 628.
Reid + Thomas = Lethal One-Two Combo
Jamia Reid is earning her keep in the lead-off spot with her team-high .394 batting average and slapping ability in addition to a .415 on-base percentage. Batting behind her is Shannon Thomas, who leads the conference and the Cal squad with 11 sacrifice hits. When you factor in that Reid paces the Pac-10 with 41 steals and Thomas is right behind her with 26, you get a deadly combination in the first and second spots in the Cal line-up.
Fastest Feet in the Conference
For the ninth week in a row, the Bears top the Pac-10 Conference in stealing. Cal has stolen a conference high of 109, which is almost more than double the Huskies' second-place 61.They're also first in attempts at 123 - 52 more than their closest competitor in the reigning national champion Washington, which has 71. Jamie Reid paces the Bears with 41 steals in 47 attempts.
Arioto's 20-20 Vision
Valerie Arioto continues to lead the team in walks, a total of 53 through 41 games. Her 53 hitless trips to first base places Arioto in sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 with the nearest competitor 16 walks behind in second place (Lesley Rogers, ASU, 37 walks).
J. Reid: Speed and Talent
Jamia Reid is an all-around scoring threat for the Bears. The sophomore outfielder is hitting a squad-leading .394, eighth in the conference, and has started 37 games in 2010. She also has team-best 54 hits, which is second in the league. Furthermore, she is first on the team and in the Pac-10 Conference with 41 stolen bases to her credit in 47 attempts. In 2009, Reid finished the season with 47 steals, which was tops in the Pac-10, and third in the nation per game.
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Top of the Rankings to Ya!
In the preseason rankings, the Bears fared quite well. Cal was ranked 11th in the country, according to the ESPN.com/USA Softball preseason poll after finishing in the 12 spot in the final 2009 ranking. During the 2010 regular season, the Bears will face off against nine of the other 24 teams in that poll, including defending national champion Washington. The Bears were ranked No. 12 in the USA Today/NFCA Preseason Poll.
Remembering Last Season
Last year, Cal qualified for the postseason for the 24th consecutive year, the second-longest streak in the nation and the longest in the Pac-10. The Bears won their NCAA Regional at Florida State before falling at top-seeded Florida in the Super Regionals. Over the course of the year, the Bears broke team records for stolen bases (146) and home runs (55).
Bears on the National Scene
Vicky Galindo, a three-year letterwinner for the California softball team, accepted a spot on the U.S. national team and current junior standout Valerie Arioto was named an alternate, the ASA announced recently. Arioto and Galindo attended the 2010 softball women's national team selection camp, which was held in Chula Vista, Calif., from Jan. 4-8. Galindo was one of 17 athletes who was offered a USA Softball Athlete Agreement for the 2010 season. The final roster for the 2010 USA Softball women's national team will be announced in March. The squad will be competing in the ISF Women's World Championships, held June 23-July 2 in Caracas, Venezuela, as well as other events to be scheduled at a later date.
Hall of Fame Status
California head coach Diane Ninemire was inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's 2009 Hall of Fame class in December. Ninemire, who joined Frank Cheek of Humboldt State University and Bill Edwards of Hofstra University, was inducted in front of the NFCA, former Golden Bears, her colleagues and family members at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. During Ninemire's tenure at Cal, 35 All-America, 86 all-region and 146 all-conference certificates have been issued to the Bears. Since her first year in the dugout in 1988, Ninemire has continually taken the Bears to new heights as one of the winningest and most successful softball programs in the nation. From 1999-2005, Cal made seven straight trips to the College World Series, and Ninemire has one national championship, nine Women's College World Series trips, and 21 straight NCAA Regional appearances to her credit.