California's Bernice Masaniai Named Pac-10 Player of the Week

March 20, 2007

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - CALIFORNIA freshman Bernice Masaniai has been named the Pac-10 Softball Player of the Week for Mar. 13-19, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Masaniai provided much of the offensive punch for the Golden Bears last week as California went 4-2 to take third place at the Bank of Hawai'i Invitational in Honolulu.

The freshman, who has split her time at the catcher and designated player positions, started her week off by propelling Cal to its biggest win of the season, a 10-6 upset of 10th-ranked Baylor on Wednesday. Masaniai went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run against the other Bears. It was Cal's first win over a ranked opponent this season.

The next day against Liberty, Masaniai accounted for the contest's entire offensive output with one swing of the bat. She belted a solo home run in the second inning that was all Cal would need, or get, in a 1-0 win over the Flames.

In the third-place game on Saturday vs. Nevada, Masaniai was lethal at the plate once again, hitting 3-for-4 with doules for all three hits and a pair of RBI. Cal went on to win, 7-4.

For the week, Masaniai batted .526 (10-for-19) with two runs scored, four doubles, two home runs, and five RBI. She slugged 1.053 and boasted an on-base percentage of .571. She raised her batting average 51 points during the tournament (.290-.341).

California (22-12) heads east this week to play its last non-conference tournament before league play begins. The Golden Bears will partake in the Women 4 Women Softball Invitaitonal in Louisville, Ky., playing four games from Mar. 23-25.

This is the first career Player of the Week honor for Masaniai, and the 58th Player/Pitcher of the Week all-time for California. Masaniai is the third freshman to win Player of the Week in the first six weeks, joining Oregon's Jennifer Salling and UCLA's Megan Langenfeld.

ALSO NOMINATED: Sarah Akamine, ARIZ; Heidi Knabe, ASU; Jennifer Salling, ORE; Cambria Miranda, OSU.

2007 PAC-10 SOFTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 13 - Kaitlin Cochran, So., ASU; Feb. 20 - Lisa Dodd, Sr., UCLA; Feb. 27 - Jennifer Salling, Fr., ORE; Mar. 6 - Caitlin Lowe, Sr., ARIZ; Mar. 13 - Megan Langenfeld, Fr., UCLA; Mar. 20 - Bernice Masaniai, Fr., CAL.

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