California Lands Six on the All-Pac-10 Conference Softball Team
May 14, 2008
Berkeley - The Pacific-10 Conference announced its 2008 all-conference teams on Wednesday and six California Golden Bears were recognized - senior Katie Vickers (honorable mention), junior Gina Leomiti (second team), sophomores Marissa Drewrey (honorable mention) and Bernice Masaniai (honorable mention) and freshmen Valerie Arioto (second team) and Sanoe Kekahuna (second team).
The voting of the all-conference teams was conducted by all eight of the league's coaches.
Arioto, who was selected to the All-Pacific Region second-team earlier in the day, has been one of the brightest young stars in the Pac-10 at the plate and in the circle, playing and starting all 64 games, while leading the team in runs (49, second in the Pac-10), hits (64, fifth in the Pac-10), doubles (17, second in the Pac-10), triples (4, leads the Pac-10) and walks (42, third in the league). Her 42 walks are tied for the fifth most in a season at Cal. The Pleasanton product planted a walk-off double to the left-center field wall to score Julie Meyer in Cal's 3-2 win over Oregon in the bottom of the 11th inning on Apr. 11, and was clutch again vs. UC Davis on Apr. 30 when she hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh inning to score Taylor Kelly from first base, giving the Bears a 1-0 win. Arioto was also selected to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team as well.
Kekahuna, brought an instant offensive impact to Cal in her first season. Heading into the postseason, the Maui product leads the team in batting average (.324) and home runs (8). She has produced 13 multi-hit games and 12 multi-RBI games, and owned a team-best 12-game hitting streak from Feb. 9-23. She belted home runs in three straight games (Feb. 15-16), and scored three runs and added her first career home run in just her third game against NCAA tournament bound Winthrop on Feb. 9. The first baseman tied a school single-game record with seven RBI with a home run and a double vs. Texas Tech on Feb. 16 in Tempe, Ariz. She was also selected to the conference All-Freshman Team.
Leomiti, who was an all-conference performer last year, is hitting above .300 for the second straight season. The San Diego product has increased her home run, runs, RBI and doubles production from last season, including a personal-best 41 runs entering postseason play. She smacked a pair of doubles against Sacramento State on Mar. 11 and went 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBI vs. Princeton on Mar. 14. From Mar. 25-30, Leomiti produced a .750 batting average with six runs, nine hits, three home runs and six RBI to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors.
Drewrey, who was selected to the All-Pacific Region second-team earlier in the afternoon, captured her first career conference accolade after compiling a 26-16 record with a 1.92 ERA (No. 8 in the Pac-10) and 278 strikeouts (No. 4 in the league), including nine 10+ strikeout performances. She ranks third on Cal's single-season charts in appearances (40) and games started (42). Drewrey nearly pitched a perfect game against UC Davis on Apr. 30, but had to settle for the one-hit shutout (no walks) in Cal's 1-0 victory. She tossed her ninth shutout of the year - with 10 strikeouts in Cal's 1-0 win over Stanford on Apr. 20, and pitched a career-high 11 innings in Cal's 3-2 win over Oregon on Apr. 11. The 6-3 product of Oakdale earned her first career Pac-10 Player of the Week nod after compiling a 4-0 record at a 0.72 ERA at the Capital Classic in Sacramento (Mar. 14-16). She returned from an injury that sidelined her for over a week and threw two complete game shutouts against nationally-ranked Ohio State and Oklahoma at the Capital Classic. The sophomore fanned a career-high 16 Nevada batters to help the Bears to a 5-2 win on Mar. 16.
Masaniai , a first-team All-Pacific Region selection, earned honorable mention league honors for the second straight year after producing a personal-best .298 batting average entering postseason play. She ignited the Cal offense with three hits, two runs and a career-high five RBI, including a mammoth home run in the seventh inning in Cal's 6-1 win over Nebraska on Feb. 15. She provided the big bat for the Bears in the third inning when her double to left-center field scored two runs to put Cal in the lead for good against nationally-ranked Arizona on Mar. 29. The Stanton product supplied the heroics with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Cal a 1-0 win over No. 7 Stanford on Apr. 20. She also had two straight games (Oregon State, May 2 and Oregon, May 3) with three-run home runs.
One of three seniors on the team, Vickers earned her first career conference accolade after hitting a personal-best .299 at the dish this season. She planted her first home run of the season - a three-run jack in Cal's 8-0 win over Western Michigan on Feb. 16 (finished the game with four RBI) and went 2-for-4 with a career-high three runs and an RBI against San Jose State on Mar. 8. She has compiled 16 runs and 18 RBI as well this year for the Bears.
Cal captured its 23rd straight postseason berth after the NCAA Division I Softball Committee announced the 64-team field on Sunday. Cal (40-24) will begin postseason play in the Fresno Regional May 16-18 and will square off against San Diego State (43-15) in the opening game at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, while host Fresno State (51-11) will take on Sacramento State (32-19) at 7:30 p.m. The winners play on Saturday at noon in the double-elimination tournament.