Valerie Arioto Named Louisville Slugger/NFCA First-Team All-American

June 2, 2010

BERKELEY - California standout junior Valerie Arioto has earned further recognition for her athletic prowess for she was recently placed on the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American First Team, the NFCA announced on Wednesday. Arioto joined 17 others on the first team after being named to the third team last season.

'This is a great honor,' Arioto said. 'I'm glad all of my hard work paid off. After advancing to Super Regional this year, we will be working even harder next season to hopefully make it to the Women's College World Series.'

Hailing from 35 different institutions and 13 conferences, 54 student-athletes, including Arioto, have earned the honor of being named to one of the three 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-American teams.

Arioto was also lauded as an All-Pac-10 first teamer as well as with placement on the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Pacific Team with three of her other teammates.

Arioto had a conference-leading 81 walks in 2010, which paced her second in the nation for the majority of the season. She also paced the Bears with her .590 on-base percentage and .819 slugging percentage. Her 19 homers this year tied the all-time single-season home-run list at Cal. The 5-7 slugger was second on the squad with a .355 batting average and led the Bears with 60 RBI.

In the circle, Arioto boasted a 1.43 ERA with a 21-9 overall record, fanning 264 batters in 205.2 innings of work.

Arioto will spend time playing with the USA Softball Women's Futures National Team, which will kick off the season with exhibition games against the senior national team in Canton and Ashland, Ohio from June 16-17. They will also compete against the national teams of Canada, Japan and the USA at the 2010 World Cup of Softball. That tournament will be held July 22-26, at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

Additionally, Arioto and the 19 other players will play at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship, from July 7-11, in Surrey, British Columbia. There will be several exhibition games held July 13 and 14 in Whitehorse, Yukon. In August, Arioto and her teammates will make a return to Japan for the Japan Cup from Aug. 3-9 in Sendai City, Japan.

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