Softball Signs Three Players to Letters of Intent

Dec. 4, 2001

BERKELEY - California softball coach Diane Ninemire announced today the signing of three outstanding prep softball players to National Letters of Intent to play at Cal beginning with the 2003 season - Lindsay James, a 5-5 outfielder from San Carlos (Sequoia High School), Haley Woods, 5-11 catcher/first basemen from Burlingame (Sacred Heart Prep) and Chanel Tripp, a 5-6 pitcher from Oxnard (Rio Mesa High School).

James, one of two Cal signees this year from the 18-and-under West Bay Nuggets ASA team, is a two-time first team all-league and first team all-county selection.

'Lindsay is an outstanding outfielder with a lot of speed,' said Ninemire. 'She's a left-handed batter, she's very good at the short game, and she's worked hard on the long ball. So I think coming to Cal, Lindsay will become a triple-threat type of player for us. Her speed in the outfield and on the base paths will be a great asset to our program.'

Woods played along side James on the West Bay Nuggets, seeing action in three positions - catcher, first base and shortstop. Woods is a powerful hitter who also bats for average. She hit .667 her junior year en route to first team all-league, first team all-county and first team all-state honors.

'Haley comes in as one of the top catchers in the country,' Ninemire said. 'She has a very powerful swing and is one of the top hitters in the country. She has a strong arm and quick hands behind the plate. She'll also bring a punch to our offense, as well as being a solid catcher for us.'

Rounding out the trio of recruits in the 2002 class is Tripp, a pitcher who went 21-4 her junior year at Rio Mesa High School. In 170 innings, Tripp recorded an earned run average of 0.11, including 296 strikeouts. Of her 21 wins, 20 were shutout victories.

'Chanel comes in as being one of the top pitchers coming out of this year's class,' said Ninemire. 'She will be one of our top pitchers next year when we lose Jocelyn Forest (to graduation).'

The Golden Bears open up the 2002 season Feb.2 when they host Sacramento State in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. at Levine-Fricke Field. Cal guns for its 17th consecutive postseason appearance this year, a Pac-10 record, and its fourth straight Women's College World Series appearance after advancing to the elite event the last three seasons.

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