No. 5 Softball Looks To Bounce Back From Disappointing Conference Opening Weekend

April 4, 2001

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This Week:

   Friday, April 6   vs. Oregon State,       Levine-Fricke Field, Berkeley, CA  2 p.m.   Saturday, April 7 vs. Oregon,       Levine-Fricke Field, Berkeley, CA  2 p.m.   Sunday, April 8   vs. Oregon,       Levine-Fricke Field, Berkeley, CA  1 p.m.

Pac-10 Play Continues
This Friday, No. 5 Cal hosts the No. 15 Oregon State Beavers (29-13-1, 0-2 Pac-10) at Levine-Fricke Field at 2 p.m. OSU comes to Berkeley after going 0-2 last weekend to open Pac-10 play. The Beavers lost to Arizona State, 4-2, on Friday, and were rained out on Saturday in a game against Arizona. Sunday, the rain ceased long enough for Arizona to defeat Oregon State, 5-0. Saturday and Sunday the Bears host the Oregon Ducks (23-21, 1-2 Pac-10), with Saturday's game to begin at 2 p.m. and Sunday's contest to get under way at 1 p.m. Oregon plays at Stanford on Friday, however, it currently holds a 1-2 record in the conference. The Ducks were beaten by Arizona in the Pac-10 opener, 11-1, and came back the next day to defeat Arizona State on Saturday, 4-0, before falling to ASU on Sunday, 10-1. On Tuesday, Portland State swept UO, 4-2 and 8-7. Cal has defeated Oregon already this season, a 6-0 win on March 10 at the National Invitational Softball Tournament in Sunnyvale, CA.

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 581-303. 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 Hit Snag To Begin Conference Schedule
The Bears entered last weekend's Pac-10 opener ranked No. 3 with an impressive 39-1 mark, but came out of the weekend, with a still impressive, 39-4 record and 0-3 in the Pac-10. Cal opened the conference with a, 2-0, loss to No. 15 Washington. Junior Jocelyn Forest went the distance in the circle for the Bears, allowing just two runs on seven hits, while striking out 12 without a walk. Saturday, senior Nicole DiSalvio pitched a gem of a game vs. No. 1 UCLA. Even thought she took the, 2-1, loss in nine innings, she only allowed two runs (one earned) on 10 Bruin hits. Sophomore Veronica Nelson had two hits for Cal, including the lone RBI, driving in fellow sophomore Kristen Morley, who also had two hits on the day. Sunday, the Bears fell, 5-1, to UCLA, to drop to 0-3 in the conference. Sophomore Jen Deering pitched 3.2 shutout innings in relief, allowing one hit, one walk while striking out four Bruin batters from a line-up that came in hitting over .300 as a team. Nelson had two more hits in the game vs. UCLA on Sunday.

Pac-10 Honors
Forest earned her second Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor after going a perfect 3-0 two weeks ago at the Georgia Tech Buzz Classic, including her first career perfect game. Forest allowed no earned runs while striking out 30 opposing batters in 18 innings. She is currently 20-4 on the year with a 0.44 ERA and a Pac-10 leading 243 strikeouts. Forest earned the same honor four weeks ago after going 5-0 with two saves at the National Invitational Softball Tournament, Mar. 9-11. A week later, senior Pauline Due�as earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors, the first such honor in her career. Due�as earned the distinction after she batted .375 (6-for-16) at the Capital Classic in Sacramento, CA, with two doubles, six runs and six RBI.

Golden Bear Notes ...
Cal is 11-4 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, No. 9 Arizona State and No. 21 Wisconsin, with the losses coming from No. 13 Iowa, No. 15 Washington and No. 1 UCLA (twice) ... The Bears are 6-2 in extra-inning games, 32-4 against righties and 7-0 against lefties ... Cal is fourth in the NCAA in team ERA (0.68) and third in team fielding (.979) and winning percentage (.907) ... Forest's 243 strikeouts surpasses her total from all of last year (234) and ranks seventh in the NCAA in strikeouts per seven innings (10.88) and fifth in both ERA (0.44) and wins (20) ... Nelson is carrying a .398 batting average, .817 slugging percentage and a .604 on-base percentage with 5 doubles, 35 RBI, 37 hits and 13 home runs, just one home run shy of the Cal season record she set last year ... Nelson also ranks 11th in the NCAA with a .3 home runs per game average ... Sophomore Eryn Manahan leads the team with 46 hits, followed by senior Paige Bowie with 40 ... DiSalvio is 14-1 with 74 strikeouts in 102.2 innings ... Since joining the Bears after competing on the Cal basketball team, sophomore Jen Deering is 3-0 from the circle with a 1.29 ERA in 21.2 innings.

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