Golden Bears 'Reload' with 2006 Recruiting Class

Nov. 29, 2004


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With the expected loss of seven seniors following the 2005 season, California softball head coach Diane Ninemire, 'reloaded, not recruited,' in inking five players this past signing period.

Expected to compete for the Bears beginning in 2006 are standout pitcher Lauren Frankiewicz (James Madison/Vienna, Va.), outfielder Morgan Siegal (Deer Valley High/Antioch), outfielder Gina Leomiti (Mira Mesa High/San Diego), shortstop Carly Winger (Lake Highland Prep/Orlando, Fla.) and infielder Anne Zumwalt (Skyview High/Vancouver, Wash.).

'It's an outstanding class,' said Ninemire, whose Bears have played in the Women's College World Series title game each of the past three years. 'Our departing senior class had a large impact the last four seasons. However, the combination of players we recruited will be a great start for future seasons.'

As a junior at James Madison, Frankiewicz led the Warhawks to the Northern Virginia Region championship, pitching a no-hitter and recording 16 strikeouts in the title game.

Frankiewicz went 19-4 in the circle with 297 strikeouts and a 0.53 ERA in 2004. She also threw a perfect game and added five no-hitters. Offensively, Frankiewicz hit .518 with three home runs and led Madison with 20 RBIs.

'I felt that (Cal) met all of my academic needs and I felt connected to the team and coaches during my visit,' said Frankiewicz, who was a Virginia District and Regional Pitcher of the Year selection as well as All-State.

Siegal, the Bears' lone Bay Area signee, led San Leandro High in home runs (11) and batting average (.567) as a junior. 'She's an incredible outfielder with a strong arm and a lefthanded power hitter, which is rare,' Ninemire said.

'Cal is a softball powerhouse and I know going there will open a lot of doors for me,' said Siegal, who is in just her third year of organized softball.

Outfielder Leomiti batted .406 this spring and was named All-Second Team Eastern League after helping Mira Mesa to the San Diego Section Division I crown.

'Gina's bat and speed will be a powerful asset for us,' Ninemire said.

A 2004 First Team All-State, All-Central Florida and All-County selection, Winger chose Cal 'because I wanted to be part of the winning tradition and because Cal is the best of both worlds. I'll not only get to play for a great softball program, but I'll get to attend school at the No. 1 public university in the country.'

'Carly is an outstanding shortstop,' notes Ninemire. 'She has a strong arm in the infield and tremendous speed.'

First-basemen Zumwalt hit .434 this past spring and was an All-Greater St. Helens League and All-Region selection. 'I got a chance to watch Cal at the World Series last year and they did great,' Zumwalt said. 'I'd like to be an All-American and help them win another title.'

'We expect Anne to be one of our top defensive players,' Ninemire said.

The Golden Bears open the 2005 season against San Jose State on Feb. 5. The first pitch at Levine-Fricke in Berkeley is scheduled for 12 noon.