No. 5 California Hosts Sacramento State, Visits No. 19 Pacific

Jan. 30, 2002

BERKELEY - WHATS ON TAP: The fifth-ranked Golden Bears open up their quest for a fourth consecutive Women's College World Series appearance when Cal hosts a double header vs. Sacramento State on Saturday and pays a visit to Pacific, Sunday.

BEARS RANKED IN TOP 5: California has done it again. After spending much of last season hovering in and out of the top five in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25, the preseason rankings for 2002 has the Bears at No. 5. The Pac-10 conference is once again a dominant force in the polls as Arizona is the preseason No. 1 after winning the national championship in 2001. UCLA, last year's national championship runner-up, is at No. 2 followed by Stanford in the third spot. Louisiana State is the only non-Pac-10 team in the top five.

TWO ALL-AMERICANS RETURN IN 2002: For the first time since Michele Granger and Gillian Boxx played at Cal together (1993), All-America teammates return to Berkeley to play together another year. Senior Jocelyn Forest (second team) and junior Veronica Nelson (first team) were selected to the 2001 All-America squad, and return this spring for another run at the WCWS.

DIANE NINEMIRE GUNS FOR 600: With 14 years under her belt, head coach Diane Ninemire has racked up wins at an incredible pace. Thus far, she has tallied 597 and by this week's end, could potentially be sitting on a milestone, 600 wins. After guiding the Bears to their most wins ever (54), Ninemire is fourth all-time in wins in the Pac-10 and third among active coaches.

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