No. 4 Softball (28-0) Heads To Sacramento For Capital Classic
March 13, 2001
This Week in Cal Softball
The Bears take their Cal record-breaking 28-0 record on the road with them for their fifth tournament of the season, this time to Sacramento, CA, for the ninth-annual Capital Classic, hosted by Sacramento State, at the Sacramento Softball Complex. For Cal, pool play begins on Thursday evening with a 5 p.m. game versus the Miami, Ohio Red Hawks (5-8), followed by the Purdue Boilermakers (14-6-1) at 7 p.m. Pool play continues on Saturday with the Bears facing the Eastern Illinois Panthers (0-2) at 9 a.m. and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (7-7) at 1 p.m. A single-elimination tournament bracket follows on Saturday and Sunday to determine the tournament champion. First round losers in bracket play will play in a single elimination consolation bracket.
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 570-299, including a sweep at the NIST last weekend. 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.
The Bears continue their record-best start in 2001. Thus far, Cal has won its first 28 games of the season, breaking the old Golden Bears mark set in 2000 of 19 consecutive wins to start a season. Along the way, Cal has competed in four tournaments over the last four weekends and has escaped with wins in each them. The Bears earned a share of the title at the UNLV Classic (shared with UCLA) to start the season, declared second at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, GA, (because the finals were rained-out, Cal was seeded No. 2 and therefore finished second in the tournament), took the Fullerton Worth Invitational title in Fullerton, CA, and most recently won the National Invitational Softball Tournament in Sunnyvale, CA.
All The Forest You Can Handle
As if a streak of 28 consecutive wins is not enough at one time for Cal as a team, junior pitcher Jocelyn Forest has an impressive streak of her own. Dating back to the fourth inning of the Nebraska game at the UNLV Classic on Feb. 17, Forest has not allowed a run in 86 consecutive innings and has a 15-0 record. Along the way, Forest is 12-0 with two saves, and has defeated seven ranked opponents. Her ERA stands at a staggering 0.19 in 108.0 innings, with 167 strikeouts and only 17 walks. Over the weekend at the NIST, Forest went 4-0 with two saves in wins over UC Santa Barbara, Iowa twice and Oregon, with saves against Long Beach State and Arizona State. For her efforts, Forest was selected to the all-tournament team, as well as being named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week, her first such honor at Cal.
Golden Bear Notes ...
Cal is 10-0 against ranked teams in 2001, including wins over No. 25 Utah, Nebraska twice, when it was No. 13 and again when it was No. 15, No. 13 DePaul, No. 6 LSU, No. 10 Cal State Fullerton, No. 12 Iowa twice, No. 24 Oregon and No. 9 Arizona State ... The Bears are 4-0 in extra-inning games, 22-0 against righties and 6-0 against lefties ... Cal has five players who have started all 28 games (senior Paige Bowie, sophomore Eryn Manahan, senior Pauline Dueï¿½as, junior Candace Harper, and sophomore Courtney Scott) ... Nelson is carrying a .361 batting average, .787 slugging percentage and a .571 on-base percentage with 5 doubles, 21 RBI and 22 hits ... Bowie leads the team with 29 hits, followed by Manahan with 27, while Bowie has scored a team-leading 17 runs ... Cal is 15-for-20 (.750) in stolen base attempts ... The Bears offense is outscoring their opponents, 111-15, and has an average of .313 with runners in scoring position ... Cal has a team ERA of 0.46 with 20 shutouts and an opposing batting average of .154 ... Cal leads the Pac-10 in team defense, committing only 14 errors (.983 FLD%) on the year.