Cal Hosts Loyola-Chicago Wednesday

March 6, 2007

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QuicklyThe No. 22-ranked California Golden Bears (13-9) return home for a single game vs. Loyola-Chicago, before traveling to Sunnyvale for the NIST hosted by San Jose State, Mar. 9-11. Cal faces Iowa, UConn, Eastern Illinois, Iowa State, and Northern Iowa in the three-day affair.

First Meeting with Loyola-ChicagoCal's game with Loyola-Chicago will be its first meeting in program history.

California in the PollsCal slipped four slots down to No. 22 in the latest ESPN/USA Softball Top 25 poll released Tuesday (the NFCA polls are released on Wednesdays). Cal was picked to finish in a sixth place tie according to the annual Pac-10 softball preseason coaches poll released in January. Both California and Washington garnered 18 points to earn the sixth place tie. Last season's NCAA Champion, Arizona, was picked to win the conference after collecting five first place votes and 47 points overall. UCLA was a close second, earning 45 points and three first place votes. Arizona State earned the third place nod with 35 points. Oregon State was picked fourth with 32 points, followed by Stanford (fifth) with 21 points. Oregon rounded out the poll with eight points.

Top 25 Poll NewsThe top three teams remain the same in this week's Softball Top 25 poll with the University of Tennessee (20-0) claiming the top spot for the third consecutive week after going 5-0 at the Frost Tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn., this past week. Arizona (14-3) remains at No. 2 after sweeping Missouri this past week and Alabama (21-0) held on to the No. 3 spot with a perfect weekend that included two wins over Louisiana Lafayette who was ranked No. 11 in last weeks poll. Two teams from the Big 12 Conference round out the top five with Texas A&M (19-2) moving up to No. 4 and Oklahoma (23-0) jumping from No. 7 to No. 5 this week. The Michigan Wolverines (20-1) continue to push their way up the rankings and check in at No. 7 this week after sweeping a two game series at Florida State (12-7) and collecting four shutout victories at the Jacksonville University Tournament over the weekend. Texas (17-3) also continues its rise in the poll moving from No. 10 to No. 8 this week. LSU (21-3) dropped three spots this week to No. 9 after losing its final two games of the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., to the University of Washington (15-2). The wins by Washington were enough to move them into a tie with Northwestern (15-5) for the No. 10 spot this week. After a rough weekend at the Worth Classic in Fullerton, Calif., Stanford (16-5) dropped four spots to No. 12 after going 2-3 in tournament play. Oregon State (11-7) also had a tough weekend in Fullerton, losing its final two games to drop to No. 17 this week. With three wins over Top 20 competition, the Redbirds of Illinois State (15-5) jumped seven spots to No. 18 this week. Illinois State defeated No. 15 UCLA, 2-1, and No. 20 Florida twice by identical scores of 1-0.

On the HorizonCal will not return to Levine-Fricke field until April 6 for its Pac-10 home-opener vs. Stanford. The Bears travel to a handful of tournaments (NIST, Hawaii, and Louisville), before opening conference play on the road vs. Oregon on Mar. 30 in Eugene.

Feb. 28-Mar. 4 HighlightsCal rallied from a 4-3 deficit with a five-run third inning to take the lead for good en route to a 9-4 win over Santa Clara on Feb. 28. Cal has never lost to Santa Clara and improved its all-time series record to 69-0 versus the Broncos. Freshman Christina Schallig extended her hitting streak to nine games after going 2-for-2 with two runs from the plate. Junior Erika Racklin went 3-for-5 with a triple, three runs, and two RBI, while sophomore Morgan Siegel scored two runs.

After falling 2-1 in its morning tilt with Fresno State, California's offense woke up in its afternoon affair as the 18th-ranked Golden Bears toppled Delaware State, 14-6 (six innings) to earn a split in the opening day of the UNLV Tournament on Mar. 2. In their night clash with the Hornets, Cal fell behind early, 1-0 in the top of the first inning, before responding with three runs (all with two outs) in the bottom half of the inning to take a 3-1 lead. Christina Schallig started the two-out rally with a double off of Delaware State starter, Meghan Walker. The Bears were able to knot the score at 1-1 after Katie Vickers reached safely on a throwing error by the second baseman, allowing Schallig to score. After Alex Sutton drew a walk, Gina Leomiti singled thru the right side to plate Vickers. Vernae Sevilla followed with a single thru the left side to score Sutton. Marissa Drewrey collected the win, her fifth of the season, after relieving Brittany LaRosa in the second inning. Lauren Frankiewicz also saw action and registered eight strikeouts in four innings of work. Fresno State scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to edge California, 2-1 in the first game of the tournament. It was the first time this season that Cal lost a game when leading after four innings.

Thanks to the efforts of Erika Racklin and Morgan Siegel, Cal defeated UNLV, 5-4 to earn another split in the second day of the UNLV Invitational on Mar. 3. The Bears fell to DePaul, 2-1 in their morning contest. Cal jumped on the board in the third inning behind the speed of Racklin and Siegel. After Siegel drew a lead off walk, Racklin placed a bunt single to advance Siegel to second. Both Siegel and Racklin successfully converted a double steal, which further resulted in Siegel scoring after a throwing error by the catcher (Racklin moved to third on the error as well). Christina Schallig followed with a single up the middle to plate Racklin, giving the Bears a 2-0 lead. Cal scored its fifth and most crucial run in the top of the seventh, courtesy of an Alex Sutton single thru the left side which scored Schallig. UNLV staged one last surge in the bottom half of the inning when Jaci Hull's triple to right field plated two runs to cut the lead to 5-4

The Nebraska Cornhuskers needed eight innings to defeat the 18th-ranked California Golden Bears, 5-2, in the final day of the UNLV Invitational on Sunday. The Huskers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Kimberly Fuller doubled to right field to score Brittany Pascale, who led off the inning with a walk. The Bears battled back in the bottom half of the inning behind Katie Vickers and Taylor Kelly. Vickers led of the inning with a single, and quickly moved to second on a passed ball. Three batters later, Kelly delivered a double to right field to plate Vickers and knot the score at 1-1. A pitchers duel ensued over the next five innings, as Cal's starter, Lauren Frankiewicz surrendered just two hits over that span. Nebraska, however, unlocked the 1-1 tie with a four-run eighth inning to take a 5-1 lead. Per International tie-breaker rules, the Cornhuskers began the eighth with Whitney Barrett placed on second base. After a sacrifice fly moved Barrett to third base, an error by Frankiewicz brought her home to put NU up 2-1

`07 Team Quick NotesThe Bears have been involved in 10 games this season that have been called due to an implemented mercy rule -- Cal is 7-3 in such games ... Cal has outscored its opponents 60-29 in the first two innings this season ... The Bears are 10-2 when scoring first this season, and 13-1 when leading after four innings (Cal's 2-1 loss to Fresno State marked the first time this season that it lost a game when leading after four innings) ... Cal has scored seven or more runs eight times since Feb. 18 ... Katie Vickers has had 13 RBI since Feb. 18 ... Christina Schallig had a nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 18-Mar. 2... Schallig has also scored at least one run in nine of her last 14 games ... Lauren Frankiewicz posted 30 strikeouts from Feb. 28-Mar. 4

Sutton Drafted by New England RiptideSenior Alex Sutton was selected in the third round by the New England Riptide in February's National Professional Fastpitch draft. Players selected in the NCAA draft will be permitted to pursue any available roster spot on their assigned team after completing their college season, according to league bylaws.

'The NPF showcases the nation's best softball players, and the draft gives us the opportunity to tap into the elite softball talent from the college level and bring it to our fans,' said newly appointed NPF Commissioner Cheri Kempf. 'We are excited at the prospect of adding the hottest college players to our teams and bringing even more electricity to our 2007 season.'

Sutton, who hit .352 as a junior and was team was announced this season as one of 50 players on the Amateur Softball Association's Top-50 Preseason Watch List for Player of the Year honors, joins other Golden Bear alumnae, Jocelyn Forest and Lisa Iancin on the Riptide squad.

'She's a welcome addition to the Riptide rebuilt outfield,' said Riptide General Manager Joe Adlman. 'We're happy we were able to draft her when we did.'

Led by Forest, New England captured the 2006 NPF Championship. Forest was named MVP of the series, pitching all 16 innings of the playoffs without allowing a run and striking out 15.The NPF season begins in June.

Sutton on Player of the Year Watch ListSenior Alex Sutton was announced as one of 50 players on the Amateur Softball Association's Top-50 Preseason Watch List for its sixth annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award released in January.

The 2007 Preseason Watch List is comprised of 50 players representing 33 schools and 11 different NCAA Division I Conferences. A complete list of the players with photos and links to their collegiate bios can be found in the 'College Corner' on the USA Softball website --

Sutton hit a personal-best .352 last season, led Cal in on-base percentage (.464) and finished second on the team in slugging percentage (.497), RBI (36) and doubles (12).

The ASA will announce the 25 finalists on April 4. A player does not have to appear on the initial watch list to be considered as a Top-25 finalist, but once the Top-25 is named the remaining finalist must be selected from that list. Just days before the start of postseason play, a list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 9. The final three finalists will be announced May 23 while the winner of the 2006 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of the 2007 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

The `07 ScheduleThe 2007 California softball schedule has the Golden Bears traveling throughout the country, facing 18 opponents that made postseason appearances in the 2006 season. Of those 18 opponents, 14 finished the season ranked in top-25 national polls ( Softball and USA Today/NFCA). The 2007 schedule also includes 15 home games at Levine-Fricke Field, including 11 Pac-10 Conference match-ups.

In Other News...Jennifer Deering was hired as an assistant coach at Boston University this season. A member of the 2002 national championship team, Deering most recently served as the head varsity softball coach at Piedmont High School. In her first season at the helm, Deering led the 2006 Piedmont softball team to its first Bay Side Athletic League championship in thirteen years. The team also earned its first-ever North Coast Sectional first place seeding. Deering was named the East Bay Coach of the Year by the Oakland Tribune after the team went 19-4 in her tenure. Deering's responsibilities as an assistant will include working with the pitching staff and spearheading BU's recruiting efforts.

The Ninemire EffectNo coach in the history of California athletics has won more games than Diane Ninemire (868). Since her first year in the dugout in 1988, Ninemire has continually taken the Bears to new heights as one of the winningest and most successful softball programs in the nation, especially over the past eight seasons. Under the guidance of Ninemire, California has earned a place among the nation's elite. With a national championship, nine Women's College World Series trips, and 19 straight NCAA Regional appearances to her credit, it is no wonder that Cal enters every season as a national contender.

Since the 1999 season, California is an impressive 425-155 (.733), including a 166-51 mark (.765) over the last three seasons. Since 1999, Ninemire's teams have won at least 48 games each year, including five 50-win seasons.

Since Ninemire's tenure at Cal, 34 All-America, 80 all-region, and 129 all-conference certificates have been issued to Golden Bear athletes. Two of Ninemire's former players - Michele Granger and Gillian Boxx - were four-time All-Americans and helped the United States to win a Gold Medal as members of the 1996 Olympic Team in Atlanta.

The 2006 campaign was no different in terms of success. With a roster that had lost four, four-year starters, Ninemire assembled a group that produced 48 wins, an appearance in the NCAA Super Regional, and a final No. 9 national ranking. The veteran coach logged her 850th career victory on May 13 with a 10-inning victory over Washington.

Pac-10 LeaderboardChristina Schallig ranks No. 6 in batting average (.429), fourth in on-base % (.534) ... Morgan Siegel ranks No. 2 in runs scored (24), fourth in stolen bases (11) and No. 1 in walks (24) ... Shannon Houston ranks seventh in stolen bases (9) ... Katie Vickers is seventh in the league in RBI (21) ... Lauren Frankiewicz ranks seventh in strikeouts (60) ... Brittany LaRosa ranks seventh in fewest hits allowed (42) ... Cal is fourth in runs scored (126), third in walks (82), and second in sacrifice bunts (19)

'07 CALIFORNIA Player Notes

#00 Brittany LaRosa (Fr., Diamond Bar, CA): Has posted a 4-2 record with a 3.50 ERA and two shutouts this season ... in her collegiate debut vs. Kansas (2/9) LaRosa allowed just two hits in five innings of work for her first complete game and shutout ... she scattered four hits in seven innings for her second win and shutout vs. UCSB on 2/10 ... From Feb. 18-20 (6.1 innings pitched) LaRosa gave up just one run on two hits and two strikeouts ... LaRosa collected the win vs. Delaware State on Mar. 2 after recording a season-high six strikeouts ... pitched the first three innings and gave up just one hit at UNLV on Mar. 3 ... LaRosa has only given up seven extra base hits this season and a staff-low 42 hits

#2 Morgan Siegel (So., Anitoch, CA): Has posted a .296 batting average this season ... has scored a team-high 24 runs and has recorded 11 stolen bases ... had five stolen bases in from Feb. 18-23 ... has been issued a team-high 15 walks ... went 1-for-3 with a pair of runs in the season-opening win against Kansas (2/9) ... went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the 6-1 win over San Diego State (2/9) ... went 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI vs. Florida International (2/18) ... scored two runs vs. Utah State (2/18) ... Hit .545 from Feb. 20-25 ... went 2-for-2 with two runs vs. Notre Dame on Feb. 23 ... scored two runs vs. Ohio State (2/24) and three runs vs. Maryland (2/25) ... scored a total of four runs with a stolen base at the UNLV Invitational, Mar. 2-4

#3 Alex Sutton (Sr., Morgan Hill, CA): Hitting .276 this season with 10 runs, three HR and 17 RBI ... has drawn nine walks ... has a 1.000 fielding percentage ... went 3-for-3 with three runs and four RBI vs. Utah State on Feb. 18 ... Sutton broke out in a big way at the Palm Springs Classic, Feb. 23-25 ... she blasted a grand slam in the first inning to help lift Cal to a 7-5 win over Notre Dame (2/23)... the next game Sutton delivered two solo home runs vs. Oklahoma State ... despite suffering a tough 10-7 loss to Ohio State (2/24), Sutton helped keep Cal in the contest with four RBI ... also recorded a 1.133 slugging percentage, hit 10 RBI, and scored three times in the tournament ... delivered a clutch hit in the top of the seventh inning when her single thru the left side scored Christina Schallig to put Cal up 5-4 at UNLV on Mar. 3.

#4 Shannon Houston (Fr., New Egypt, NJ): Has scored 11 runs this season ... has been primarily used as a pinch runner ... is 9-for-11 in stolen bases ... had two stolen bases with a run scored at San Diego State (2/9) ... recorded three stolen bases and went 1-for-1 with three runs and two RBI vs. Florida International (2/18) ... scored a run vs. Ohio State (2/24) and went 1-for-1 vs. Maryland (2/25) ... scored a pair of runs at the UNLV Invitational, Mar. 2-4

#6 Julie Meyer (Jr., Yardville, NJ): Currently hitting .139 on the season ... has two doubles, with three RBI and six runs scored ... scored three runs in two games (Feb. 18-20) ... went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored in the season-opening win vs. Kansas (2/9) ... went 1-for-2 with two runs vs. St. Mary's on Feb. 20 ... scored a run in Cal's 9-4 win over Santa Clara on Feb. 28

#7 Christina Schallig (Fr., Carson, CA.): Leads the team with a .429 batting average ... also has scored 18 runs, while posting 20 RBI ... owned a nine-game hitting streak (Feb. 18-28) ... has 17 RBI over her last 14 games ... has scored at least one run in nine of her last 14 games ... went 3-for-4 with a run scored in the 6-1 win over San Diego State (2/9) ... went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run vs. Florida International (2/18) ... scored two runs vs. Utah State (2/18) ... went 1-for-1 with four RBI vs. St. Mary's on Feb. 20 ... hit a team-best .571 from Feb. 20-25 ... went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI vs. Ohio State (2/24) ... went 1-for-1 with two runs and two RBI vs. Maryland (2/25) ... went 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBI in Cal's 14-6 win over Delaware State on Mar. 2 ... scored what would be the game winning run in the in the top of the seventh in Cal's 5-4 win over UNLV (3/3)

#8 Lauren Frankiewicz (So., Vienna, VA): Has posted a 4-4 record with a 2.88 ERA this season ... leads the pitching staff with 60 strikeouts ... had 23 strikeouts from Feb. 14-23 ... had 30 strikeouts from Feb. 28-Mar. 4 ... allowed just one run, which came in the sixth inning, in the 6-1 win over San Diego State on Feb. 9 ... earned the win against Notre Dame (2/23) after striking out three in 6.2 innings of work ... picked up the victory at UNLV with seven strikeouts

#11 Marissa Drewrey (Fr., Oakdale, CA): Is 5-3 with a 4.83 ERA ... despite suffering the loss to UMass (2/10), Drewrey was still impressive in her first collegiate start, allowing just one run on two hits with a strikeout in six innings of work ... had a season-high three strikeouts vs. St. Mary's on Feb. 20 ... went 3-1 from Feb. 20-25 ... picked up the win after allowing one run on four hits in 3.2 innings of work vs. Maryland (2/25) ... registered the win vs. Santa Clara on Feb. 28

#12 Vernae Sevilla (Fr., Rancho Cucamonga, CA): Has posted a .271 batting average ... has had at least one hit in nine of her last 14 games ... has posted a .969 fielding percentage (33 PO, 29 A, 2 E) ... had three hits, two runs, and an RBI at the Campbell-Cartier Classic ... went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the season-opener vs. Kansas (2/9) ... went 2-for-2 with three RBI and a run scored vs. Utah State on Feb. 18 ... had an RBI vs. Notre Dame (2/23) ... had two hits vs. Oklahoma State (2/23) ... went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored vs. Delaware St. (3/2)

#13 Erika Racklin (Jr., Pittsburg, CA): Hitting .294 this season ... has scored 11 runs in her last nine games (Feb. 24-Mar. 4) ... produced two hits and a run scored at the Campbell-Cartier Classic ... had a stolen base a scored the game's first run in the 2-0 win over UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 10 ... scored a run vs. San Jose State on Feb. 14 ... went 3-for-3 (season-best) with two runs vs. Maryland on Feb. 25 ... hit .348 for the week Feb. 28-Mar. 4 with seven runs, three RBI and a triple ... went a productive 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBI with a stolen base vs. Santa Clara on Feb. 28 ... went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI vs. Delaware State (3/2) ... went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs at UNLV on Mar. 3

#16 Katie Vickers (Jr., San Diego, CA): Hitting .333 while leading the team with 21 RBI ... opened the season with a five-game hitting streak (Feb. 9-14) ... has had at least one hit in 16-of-22 games played this year ... had a six-game hitting streak (Feb. 18-24) ... was real active at the plate at the Campbell-Cartier Classic, with five hits, three RBI, and a run scored ... was 2-for-3 and had an RBI single in the sixth inning to plate Shannon Houston to put Cal up 2-0 vs. Santa Barbara (2/10) ... went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs vs. Utah State (2/18) ... hit her first home run of the season (a two-run shot) vs. St. Mary's on Feb. 20 ... hit .368 from Feb. 20-25 ... went 2-for-2 with an RBI vs. Oklahoma (2/24) ... hit a first inning grand slam and finished 2-for-3 with five RBI vs. Maryland on Feb. 25 ... went 1-for-4 with two runs and an RBI vs. Delaware State on Mar. 2

#17 Carly Winger (So., Orlando, FL): Hit the walk-off home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to seal a 9-1 victory over St. Mary's on Feb. 20 ... is hitting .292 this season with six runs scored ... owned a four-game hitting streak (Feb. 25-Mar. 3) ... hit .300 from Feb. 20-25 with four runs, two home runs and two RBI ... hit a solo home run vs. Oklahoma on Feb. 24

#19 Jessica Moore (Jr., Santa Clara, CA): Has appeared in nine games with five plate appearances ... has three runs scored on the season

#21 Bernice Masaniai (Fr., Stanton, CA): Hitting .259 with 12 runs and 10 RBI this season ... scored at least one run in five consecutive games (Feb. 17-23) ... had a five-game hitting streak (Feb. 18-23) and nine RBI from Feb. 18-28 ... posted three hits with an RBI and a run scored at the Campbell-Cartier Classic ... went 1-for-3 including the season's first RBI that scored Morgan Siegel in the first inning vs. Kansas (2/9) ... went 2-for-3 including a three-run home run vs. Florida International on Feb. 18 ... scored two runs vs. Utah State on Feb. 19 ... went 2-for-3 vs. SMC on Feb. 20 ... went 2-for-3 with an RBI vs. Oklahoma State (2/23) ... went 1-for-3 with two RBI vs. Maryland (2/25)

#23 Taylor Kelly (Fr., Santee, CA): Has played in 18 games this season and has four stolen bases, four runs and six RBI ... had two hits with a run scored and an RBI at the Campbell-Cartier Classic ... went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored vs. Kansas on Feb. 9 ... went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI vs. Utah State on Feb. 18 ... went 1-for-3 with a run and RBI vs. Santa Clara on Feb. 28

#45 Gina Leomiti (So., San Diego, CA): Has played in 14 games with 22 plate appearances ... came up with the season's first big hit when her two-out double in the second inning scored three runs in Cal's 8-0 victory over Kansas (2/9) ... had her best game vs. Delaware State (3/2) with three hits on four plate appearances, two RBI and a run scored

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