Cal Closes Campaign at No. 12, 13 in National Rankings

June 15, 2010

BERKELEY - The final national rankings of the 2010 season are quite demonstrative of the success the California softball program had, advancing to Super Regional play after sweeping the Columbus Regional. The ESPN.com/USA Softball poll heralded the Golden Bears, who finished the campaign with a 41-12 overall record, as the No. 12 team in the country while the USA Today/NFCA poll notes Cal as the No. 13 squad.

To see the final ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, please click here. To see the final USA Today/NFCA poll, please click here.

In the preseason results for each of the polls, the Bears were 11th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings and12th according to the USA Today/NFCA. Cal was in the top 25 of both polls for the entirety of this season, with ESPN.Com/USA Softball poll ranking the Bears as high as 11 (preseason-Feb. 23) and USA Today/NFCA's highest ranking was 12th, which occurred several times (preseason-Feb. 16, May 11). The Bears never dipped lower than 19 according to ESPN.com/USA Softball or 16th in the USA Today/NFCA poll.

In addition to posting their 37th consecutive winning record, the Bears finished 10-11 in the Pac-10 Conference to tie for fourth, which is the highest conference finish since 2003, when the Bears were third. The Bears were one of the seven Pac-10 teams to earn an at-large bid to the postseason, marking their 25th consecutive trip to NCAA tournament, which is the second-longest streak in the nation.

Cal shut out the competition at the Columbus Regional, icing Bucknell, Kentucky and Ohio State to win its fifth Regional title since the format was adopted in 2005. At the Regional, freshman Jolene Henderson pitched a perfect game against Bucknell while junior utility Valerie Arioto and sophomore outfielder Jamia Reid hit a team-best .571 in Columbus. Arioto homered in each of the three games for a squad-leading seven RBI. The Bears' season ended at the Athens Super Regional at the hands of No. 6-seeded Georgia, which advanced to the Women's College World Series.

In recognition of their work on the diamond, nine Bears were selected for various All-Pac-10 Teams. 19. Arioto and Jamia Reid paced the Golden Bears by being named to the first team while Henderson was placed on the second team. Sophomore outfielder Frani Echavarria, senior shortstop Taylor Kelly, senior infielder Vernae Sevilla, senior second baseman Shannon Thomas, sophomore utility Jace Williams and freshman catcher Lindsey Ziegenhirt were all given honorable mentions. Additionally, Henderson and Ziegenhirt were named to the All-Freshman Team.

Cal graduates five seniors in pitcher Marissa Drewrey, outfielder Shannon Houston, shortstop Taylor Kelly, utility Vernae Sevilla and second baseman Shannon Thomas.

California Softball in the 2010 National Rankings

Date Cal Record ESPN.Com/USA Softball Poll USA Today/NFCA Poll
Preseason 0-0 11 12
Feb. 16 4-1 11 12
Feb. 23 8-2 11 13
March 2 11-4 15 13
March 9 16-4 13 13
March 16 19-4 12 13
March 23 23-6 14 14
March 30 28-6 14 14
April 6 29-8/1-2 15 13
April 13 30-11/1-5 19 16
April 20 33-11/4-5 17 13
April 27 34-13/5-7 16 13
May 4 36-15/6-9 T15 13
May 11 38-17/7-11 13 12
May 18 41-17/10-11 13 N/A
Final 44-17/10-11 12 13
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