No. 8/9 Cal Takes on San Jose St, Sac St.

Feb. 21, 2006

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Date: Wednesday Feb. 22/Friday Feb. 24
Place: SJSU Field, San Jose, Calif. / Levine Fricke Field, Berkeley, Calif.
Time: 2 p.m. / 12 p.m. (DH)
Opponents: San Jose State / Sacramento State

The No. 8/9 Cal softball team is scheduled to play three games in the Bay Area this week. The Golden Bears (7-2) travel to San Jose State (3-3) to take on the Spartans Wednesday (Feb. 22) and host Sacramento State (3-6) in a doubleheader for Cal's home opener Friday.

The Spartans (3-3) placed fourth in the Western Athletic Conference in 2005 and posted an overall record of 36-35. This season, San Jose State has defeated Saint Mary's twice and San Diego once. The Spartans' losses have come against UC Riverside, San Diego and Saint Mary's. Cal will face Saint Mary's and UC Riverside later this season. To read more about the Spartans, visit

Sacramento State (3-6) comes off a loss to No. 7 Stanford. The Hornets have also fallen to No. 2 UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, Massachusetts, Oklahoma State and Birmingham Southern. Cal posted wins against UCSB, UMass and Oklahoma State in the Bears' opening weekend of play. For more information about the hornets, visit

The Bears emerged from the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic with a 3-2 record.

Cal came from behind for a win over Illinois, 8-4, thanks to two home runs from catcher Haley Woods and home runs from both shortstop Carly Winger and third baseman Katie Vickers.

The Bears' 8-1 rout of Wright State was propelled by catcher/first baseman Julie Meyer's two-run homer and preserved by freshman pitcher Lauren Frankiewicz's seven strikeout performance. Cal scored in five of the game's six innings. The Bears also tallied 13 hits in their 13-2 win over UNLV.

Cal recorded its first losses of the season, falling to Cal State Fullerton, 1-0, and No. 14 Northwestern, 3-0. In the Bears' loss to the Titans, Fullerton scored its only run on a home run in the seventh inning. Northwestern held Cal to one hit in the Wildcats' win.

Senior catcher Haley Woods has remained true to form this season, providing powerful offensive production for the Bears. Woods has belted three home runs this season. In Las Vegas, Woods finished with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI. Woods' two home runs came in the Bears' come-from-behind win against Illinois, 6-4. The Burlingame native has recorded at least one hit in all but two of the Bears' nine games, including four doubles. She has nine RBI and eight runs scored.

Freshman shortstop Carly Winger has been consistent for the Bears since the season opener. Winger, a native of Orlando, Fla., has had a hit in all but two of Cal's nine games. She opened the season a strong weekend in San Diego at the Campbell/Cartier Classic, going 5-for-12 (.417) with three runs, a triple and a home run. Wingers' home run helped the Bears come from behind and defeat UCSB 3-1. Winger also had a key single when the Bears rallied to beat Cal at Cal Poly, 3-1.After nine games, Winger has scored eight runs, tallied six RBI, hit three doubles, one triple and two homers

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