California Softball Lands Three on NFCA All-Pacific Region Team

May 14, 2008

BERKELEY - The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced its 2008 All-Pacific Region Team on Wednesday, and three California Golden Bears were selected - sophomores Bernice Masaniai (first team) and Marissa Drewrey (second team) and freshman Valerie Arioto (second team).

All three are be eligible for first, second or third-team All-American consideration. That voting process takes place before the Women's College World Series on May 26.

Masaniai (Stanton, Calif.) has played in 63 games for the Bears this season, posting a personal-best .298 batting average. She ignited the 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 Cal in the third inning when her double to left field scored two runs to put Cal in the lead for good in a 3-1 win over nationally-ranked Arizona on Mar. 29. She saved the best for the end of the season when supplied the heroics with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Cal a 1-0 win over then No. 7 Stanford on Apr. 20. She had two straight games (Oregon State, May 2 and Oregon, May 3) with three-run home runs. Masaniai was an All-Pac-10 honorable mention last season.

Drewrey (Oakdale, Calif.) has compiled a 26-16 record with a 1.92 ERA (No. 8 in the Pac-10) and 278 strikeouts (No. 4 in the Pac-10), including nine 10+ strikeout performances. She ranks third on Cal's single-season charts in appearances (49) and games started (42). Drewrey nearly pitched a perfect game against UC Davis on April 30, but settled for the one-hit shutout (no walks) in Cal's 1-0 win. 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. Drewrey earned her first career Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor on Mar. 18 after compiling a 4-0 record and a 0.72 ERA at the Capital Classic in Sacramento (Mar. 14-16). She returned from an injury that sidelined her 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-best 16 Nevada batters to help the Golden Bears to a 5-2 win on Mar. 16.

Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) 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 Pac-10), doubles (17, second in the Pac-10), triples (4, leads Pac-10) and walks (42, third in the league). Her 42 walks are tied for the fifth most in a season at Cal. In her third collegiate game, she went 2-for-3 with four RBI, including a bases-loaded triple, in a 5-1 win over Winthrop on Feb. 9. She tossed her first collegiate complete game, a one-hit shutout (with nine strikeouts) against Western Michigan on Feb. 16 at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The freshman planted a walk-off double to the left-center field wall to score Julie Meyer in the bottom of the 11th inning of Cal's 3-2 win over Oregon 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.

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.

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