No. 3 Softball Heads to Georgia for Georgia Tech Buzz Classic
March 19, 2001
This Week in Cal Softball
The Bears look to bounce back after suffering their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 eight inning loss to No. 13 Iowa, when they travel to Marietta, GA, for the 25-team Georgia Tech Buzz Classic. Cal opens pool play against the Harvard Crimson (1-5) on Friday at 3 p.m., followed by the Southeast Missouri State Otahkians (3-7) at 8 p.m. Saturday, the Bears continue pool play versus the Mercer Bears (16-19) at 1 p.m. and wrap up pool play against the No. 22 Wisconsin Badgers (15-9) at 5 p.m. Double-elimination bracket play begins at 8 p.m. on Friday evening and concludes with the championship game at 1 p.m., on Sunday. The Bears defeated Harvard already this year, 7-0, on Mar. 4, at the Cal State Fullerton Worth Invitational.
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 574-300, including a 4-1 record at the Capital Classic 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.
Bears Face Slight Snag
Although Cal lost its first game of the season last weekend to Iowa, it still went 4-1 in continued non-conference play. The Bears defeated Miami University, 13-1, and Purdue, 3-1, on Thursday and came back on Friday to defeat Eastern Illinois, 13-4, and Western Kentucky, 8-0, before falling to Iowa in single-elimination bracket-play on Saturday. On the weekend, sophomore Eryn Manahan went 6-for-14 with three RBI, junior Candace Harper went 6-for-15 with four RBI, senior Pauline Dueï¿½as went 6-for-16 with six RBI and sophomore Veronica Nelson went 3-for-5 including two home runs and five RBI. Junior Jocelyn Forest went 2-1 over the weekend, pitching 21.1 innings with 41 strikeouts and only nine walks.
Like All Good Things, The Streaks Come to an End
With the loss to Iowa over the weekend, the Bears snapped their 32-game winning streak and ended the record-best start in school history. Last season, Cal began the year winning its first 19 games. With a 32-1 current record, the Bears have bettered their 30-3 record after 33 games from last season. Forest not only snapped her 17-game winning streak against Iowa, but also saw her consecutive shutout innings pitched streak snap at the Capital Classic. In the third inning versus Purdue on March 15, Forest gave up a leadoff homer to end the streak at 88 consecutive innings, dating back to the fourth inning versus Nebraska on Feb. 17, placing her sixth on the NCAA all-time record book for consecutive scoreless innings pitched. Danielle Henderson holds the NCAA record with 105 innings during the 1999 season while at Massachusetts.
Golden Bear Notes ...
Cal is now 10-1 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, with the lone loss coming from No. 13 Iowa ... The Bears are 5-1 in extra-inning games, 25-1 against righties and 7-0 against lefties ... Cal has five players who have started all 33 games (senior Paige Bowie, Manahan, Dueï¿½as, Harper, and sophomore Courtney Scott) ... Nelson is carrying a .371 batting average, .864 slugging percentage and a .624 on-base percentage with 5 doubles, 26 RBI and 25 hits, and, after setting the NCAA record with 87 walks last season, she already has 42 this year including 21 intentional walks ... Bowie and Manahan are tied for the team lead with 33 hits, followed by Nelson and Harper with 25, while Bowie has scored a team-leading 21 runs ... The Bears offense is outscoring their opponents, 148-22, and has an overall average of .271 ... Sophomore Jen Deering picked up her first win in the circle, defeating Eastern Illinois ... As a team, the Bears have an ERA of 0.48 in 231.1 innings, allowing only 16 earned runs ... Forest has 199 strikeouts already this season, inching closer to her season best of 234 last season ... Senior Nicole DiSalvio is 12-0 with 60 strikeouts in 84.0 innings.