No. 13/12 Cal Closes Conference Campaign Against OSU

May 12, 2010

Thursday, May 13
3 p.m. - No. 13/12 Cal (38-17/7-11) vs. Oregon State (24-28/4-14)
Levine-Fricke Field - Berkeley, Calif.
Series Record vs. the Beavers: 65-34, Cal
Last Meeting: W, 11-2 in five innings (4/24/09)
Promotion: Free admission for all youth

Friday, May 14
3 p.m. - No. 13/12 Cal (38-17/7-11) vs. Oregon State (24-28/4-14)
Levine-Fricke Field - Berkeley, Calif.
Promotion: Free admission for all youth
Promotion: Youth can run the bases after the game!

Saturday, May 15
Noon - No. 13/12 Cal (38-17/7-11) vs. Oregon State (24-28/4-14)
Levine-Fricke Field - Berkeley, Calif.
Promotion: Free admission for all youth
Promotion: Post-game autographs with the Bears!

Sunday, May 16
Selection Sunday

BERKELEY - The No. 13/12 California softball team closes its conference and regular season with three games against unranked Oregon State at Berkeley's serene Levine-Fricke Field. The weekend begins early with a 3 p.m. first pitch on Thursday, May 13. The two squads meet at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 15 before ending the series Saturday with a noon game. In addition to an 11-2 mercy win over the Beavers in their last meeting on April 24, 2009, the Bears also hold a 65-34 all-time program record over OSU.

Parking Advisory
Due to the two weekday games this week, parking will be extremely limited at Levine-Fricke Field. There are a limited number of spots to park at Levine-Fricke Field, but ample parking is available at the Underhill Lot. As with all of the previous home games, a shuttle will run to and from Underhill Lot. For more information, please click here.

Bears on the National Scene
Cal's 1.66 team ERA ranks the Bears 12th in the nation and second in the conference. The Bears are averaging 2.18 stolen bases per game, which places them 11th out of all schools and top in the Pac-10. Sophomore outfielder Jamia Reid is the only player in the conference to be recognized in the triples per game category, in which she is 24th in the country with 0.1 per game. Her 0.88 steals per game place her second in the nation, behind only Chelsea Bramlett of Mississippi State, who steals 1.11 per game. Valerie Arioto's 1.36 ERA is 20th in nation and third in the conference. Arioto, who paces the conference in walks, is second in the country with an average of 1.24 per game and her 0.813 slugging percentage places her 17th.

Last Time Out on the Diamond
Cal lost the series, 2-1, to UCLA last weekend in Bruin territory but avoided the sweep thanks to a 4-2 win on Sunday. On May 7, the Bears scored once in the fourth and again in the sixth to tie then-No. 6/5 UCLA, 2-2, but the Bruins brought around two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the weekend-opener, 4-2. On Saturday, established a 1-0 lead in the top of the second and held it until the bottom of the seventh versus the Bruins. For the second game in a row, the Bruins scored late in the game - three runs in the seventh thanks to a home run from B.B. Bates - to defeat the Golden Bears, with the final tally in Saturday's game being 3-1 in UCLA's favor. Fueled by a line-up change, two previous losses this weekend and a one-hit pitching performance by Jolene Henderson, the Bears upset No. 6/5 UCLA, 4-2, on Sunday afternoon at with senior second baseman Shannon Thomas had two RBI to lead her Golden Bears (38-17 overall/7-11 in the Pac-10 Conference) past the Bruins (38-10/12-6 in the Pac-10), to avoid the conference series sweep.

Last Season's Series Versus Oregon State
The Bears took the conference series from the Beavers last year, 2-1. The only game in which Oregon State emerged the victor occurred on April 4, when the Beavers scored three runs in the seventh to rally to defeat Cal, 5-4, in Corvallis. The next day, the Bears bashed the Beavers for a 12-3 victory, which was jumpstarted by a leadoff homer from Valerie Arioto with Taylor Kelly going 2-for-4 at the plate and driving in three runs. When OSU came to Berkeley for the series finale on April 24, Cal issued another loss to the Beavers, this one closing at 11-2.

As We Go On, We Remember
Saturday's game will be the final home game for the Bears' five seniors - Marissa Drewrey, Shannon Houston, Taylor Kelly, Vernae Sevilla and Shannon Thomas. In typical Senior Day fashion, the Bears will honor each of its seniors prior to Saturday's regular-season game. It will also be the last softball game for four Oregon State seniors.

Cal Softball Honors Friends of Jaclyn Adoptee
Before the then-No. 16/13 California softball team upset then No-3 Arizona, 8-0, on May 2, the Golden Bears took time to give back to their community. Through the Friends of Jacyln Foundation, the Cal softball team has adopted Bebe, a local child with pediatric cancer. The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation (FOJ) is a non-profit, charitable organization that improves the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families.

Prior to the game, Bebe, whose full name is Barbara, and her mother, Nancy, who graduated from Cal, and her father, Geoff, gathered in front of the 439 fans in attendance at Levine-Fricke Field. Geoff threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Due to the all-consuming treatments that Bebe has been receiving in Texas, this game was the first opportunity that she and her family had to meet the Bears and watch the team play. Following the 8-0 mercy win in six innings, the family met with the players on the field. The Bears signed their autographs, posed for a photo and gave their encouragement to Bebe and her family. In the future, the Cal softball team hopes to further their involvement with Bebe.

To read the full release, please click here.

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 1,000th 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 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.

To learn more about Ninemire's tenure at Cal, please consult the Road to 1,000.

In-Game Updates
For all home games, and for so much more, check out the Cal Softball Twitter page. In addition to in-game updates, you can get the latest news and insider information by following Cal softball on Twitter. Twitter is a free social networking and micro-bloggging service that enables its users to send and read each others' updates that are only 140 characters long. Followers of @CalSoftball can see in-game scoring updates, pictures, links to stories on CalBears.com and more! To become a follower, point your browser to www.twitter.com/CalSoftball.

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.

The Paparazzi
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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 Team 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 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.

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