Sunday, May 06, 2012

Cal Softball Sweeps, Again

Lindsey Ziegenhirt, after stroking
a two-run homer Sunday

Cal’s softball team will likely win 50 games this season. The Bears swept Oregon State this past weekend in a three-game set to go 48-3 on the season, 19-2 in the Pac 12. There’s one more conference series this next weekend, against Arizona State, and the NCAA regionals begin the following weekend. 

Sheldon’s Jolene Henderson has shared the pitching duties with Valerie Arioto, who stands to be the NCAA player of the year with the kind of season she is having.  A senior from Pleasanton, Arioto is batting .396 with 21 home runs and 55 RBI’s, plus an amazing slugging percentage of 1.006. She leads Cal in all those categories. On the mound she is 19-2 with a 1.29 ERA.

Henderson, who was a first-team All-American a year ago, will likely repeat this season with the kind of numbers she has on the mound. She’s 29-1 with a 1.10 ERA. She has struck out 226 batters in 190.2 innings pitched.

Her Sheldon teammate, Lindsey Ziegenhirt, homered in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Oregon State. She has been catching most of the games this season for Cal. She has not committed an error this season in 226 chances.

Freshman Danielle Henderson, Jolene’s younger sister, has started 49 of Cal’s 50 games, mostly at third base and is batting .300 with 14 home runs. 

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