Softball Has a Quick Turnaround from its Hawaii Trip; Entertains UC Riverside and Pacific

March 24, 2008

Berkeley - The 25th-ranked California softball team won't have much time to rest after competing in the four-day Bank of Hawaii Invitational last weekend when it entertains UC Riverside on Tuesday and Pacific on Wednesday at Levine-Fricke Field. Both games are slated for 2:00 p.m.

Cal (29-10) has won 11 of its last 12 games and 21 of its last 24 since Feb. 23. Of those 21 wins, four have come against ranked opponents - Hawaii, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Northwestern.

The Bears, who are a perfect 2-0 at home this season, have not lost to a non-conference opponent at Levine-Fricke Field since 2000 (2-1 loss to Sacramento State).

Cal, who defeated UC Riverside earlier this season by a count of 12-3 in the season opener, is 6-0 all-time vs. the Highlanders. The Bears lost at Pacific last season by a 7-5 count in Stockton. Cal is already 2-0 vs. the Big West Conference this season - wins against UCR (12-3) and Long Beach State (15-7). The win against LBSU gave head coach Diane Ninemire her 900th career win. Valerie Arioto is hitting a crisp .750 vs. the Big West this season with five runs to boot. Senior Julie Meyer has five RBI, a home run and two runs scored vs. the Big West as well.

The Bears concluded last week's Bank of Hawaii Invitational with a 4-1 record. Marissa Drewrey pitched in every contest; including four starts, and came away with a 4-1 record and a 1.45 ERA with 27 Ks and three shutouts, while holding batters to a .194 average. Her biggest game was against St. Mary's on Mar. 20 when she threw her first career no-hitter in Cal's 7-0 win. She also added 9 Ks vs. the Gaels. Another one of her shutouts came against No. 12 Northwestern, as Cal won 1-0 in the final day of the tournament. For the season, Drewrey is 17-5 with a 1.54 ERA and 177 Ks.

As a team, Cal is hitting slightly above .300 at .305. The freshmen duo of Sanoe Kekahuna and Valerie Arioto lead the team in batting average at .391 and .352 respectively. The Bears have limited their opposition to just 104 runs.

Cal opens up conference play this week as well, beginning with No. 1 Arizona State on Friday and No. 7 Arizona on Saturday and Sunday. All three games are at Levine-Fricke Field.

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