No. 4 Softball Heads To Sunnyvale, CA For NIST
March 7, 2001
This Week in Cal Softball
The Bears take their unblemished 21-0 record on the road with them for their fourth tournament of the season, this time to Sunnyvale, CA for the National Invitational Softball Tournament (NIST), at Twin Creeks Sports Complex. For Cal, pool-play begins on Friday with a 10 a.m. game versus Southern Illinois (6-4), followed by UC Santa Barbara (7-11) at noon and Iowa (6-1) at 8 p.m. Bracket play follows on Saturday and Sunday, with the top teams from the three pools to compete in a double elimination championship bracket, and the lower tiered schools to challenge for the consolation bracket title.
Head Coach Diane Ninemire
Diane Ninemire, the winningest softball coach in Golden Bear history, is in her 14th year as head coach at Cal with a school and career record of 564-299, including a doubleheader sweep over New Mexico State on Tuesday, Feb. 6. The 1991 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Ninemire has led the Bears to 13 NCAA Tournament berths and four College World Series appearances (1992, '96, '99, 2000). She is assisted by John Reeves, who is in his eighth season, and Kim Maher, who is in her second.
Cal Keeps Rolling in 2001
After sweeping a doubleheader over Saint Mary's on Feb. 28, the Bears went undefeated at the Fullerton Worth Invitational this past weekend, defeating Minnesota, 1-0 (9), Long Beach State, 3-0, New Mexico, 3-1, No. 10 Cal State Fullerton, 2-0 (8), Harvard, 7-0, and Portland State, 7-0. With a 6-0 record on the weekend, Cal earned a share of the Worth Invitational title, sharing the honor with Pacific who also went 6-0. Cal then returned to the field on Tuesday, March 6, and added two more wins to their undefeated record, with a pair of 3-0 wins over New Mexico State.
Cal has played 21 games so far in 2001 and has finished every game with a victory. Last season, the Bears set the Cal record for consecutive wins to start a season with 19, and have beaten that record this year with a 21-0 start. Along the way, the Bears have six wins over ranked opponents. Junior Jocelyn Forest also has a streak going that the Cal record books could not hold down. She has pitched 54 consecutive scoreless innings and has an 11-0 record. Her 54 scoreless innings, sets a Cal record. Junior Eryn Manahan also has a streak of her own, singling in 10 consecutive games, her longest hitting streak while at Cal.
Golden Bear Notes ...
Cal is 6-0 against ranked teams in 2001, having already beaten No. 25 Utah, Nebraska twice, when it was No. 13 and again when it was No. 15, No. 13 DePaul and No. 6 LSU, and then defeated No. 10 CS Fullerton, 2-0 in eight innings, last weekend at the Worth Invitational ... The Bears are 3-0 in extra-inning games, 16-0 against righties and 6-0 against lefties ... Cal has seven players who have started all 21 games (sophomore Veronica Nelson, senior Paige Bowie, Manahan, senior Pauline Dueï¿½as, sophomore Kristen Morley, junior Candace Harper and sophomore Courtney Scott) ... Nelson is carrying a .380 batting average, .780 slugging percentage and a .557 on-base percentage with 5 doubles, 17 RBI and 19 hits ... Both Manahan and Bowie share the team lead with 22 hits, while Bowie also has scored a team-leading 14 runs ... Cal is 14-for-18 (.778) in stolen base attempts ... The Bears offense is outscoring their opponents, 89-13 ... Cal leads the Pac-10 in team defense, committing only nine errors (.984 FLD%) on the year ... Forest is tied for first in the Pac-10 with 125 strikeouts and third with an 0.28 ERA, while senior Nicole DiSalvio is fifth in the Pac-10 with an 0.44 ERA.