Cal locked and loaded for national championship run

Make no mistake about it: this season, the Cal softball team is out for blood. After a crushing defeat to Georgia in last year’s Super Regional, the Bears look to rebound this year with only one goal in mind: the national championship. Cal returns all nine starters from last year’s
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No. 4 Bears open year with sweep as Arioto returns

As the ball flew, and flew, and finally cleared the left field wall, Valerie Arioto made a decisive statement: She is back. Arioto’s home run was the result of her first at-bat since being out for over a year. After breaking her leg on the second day of practice of
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Bears to open much-anticipated campaign in Tempe tournament

As the month of February labors on and the lull between the end of football season and the beginning of baseball season begins, sports fans retreat into a type of sports-fan hibernation. They patiently wait for any type of relevant free-agent news and desperately attempt to find any type of
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Henderson shines in breakthrough season for Bears

Sophomore ace dominates, Cal ends six-year WCWS drought

In the Cal softball team’s second practice, All-American pitcher and first baseman Valerie Arioto broke her leg — leaving a void in the circle, in the infield and at the plate. Coach Diane Ninemire turned to sophomore Jolene Henderson, who had split time with Arioto both on the rubber and
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Chomp! Florida eliminates Bears from Women’s College World Series

Cal unable to hang on to first inning advantage

The Gators did it again. For the third time in four years, the Cal softball team’s postseason run has ended at the hands of Florida — the latest instance being a 5-2 loss in Saturday’s second game of the Women’s College World Series. After dropping its opening WCWS contest to
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‘Bama rolls over Bears in 1-0 shutout

Cal musters 1 hit in WCWS opener

Britt Vonk sent the 14th pitch of the game skittering to shortstop for an infield single, connecting on a full count to put Cal softball team on base in a Women’s College World Series for the first time since 2005. It turned out to be the No. 7-seeded Bears’ lone hit
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Oklahoma!: Cal headed to first Women’s College World Series since 2005

Henderson rebounds from game two defeat, shuts out Wildcats to clinch Super Regional

After her ace suffered her first five-inning mercy rule loss this season on Sunday, Cal softball coach Diane Ninemire had Jolene Henderson go into the locker room. Henderson even redid her hair. For the nation’s ERA leader coming into the weekend, an 8-0 run rule loss to Kentucky in game
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Henderson blanks Wildcats in Super Regional opener

Echavarria's solo shot provides lone run for Bears

Already a proven road team, the Cal softball team may have found a home away from home in the Bluegrass state. The No. 5 Bears (43-10) took a 1-0 decision over Kentucky at the UK Softball Complex in Lexington, Ky., in the first game of the best of three  series.
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Henderson propels Cal into Super Regionals

Cal's ace posts her second shutout of the Louisville Regional

Jolene Henderson has proven all year long that few things can slow her down. Cal’s sophomore pitcher has battled through tough opposing lineups, injuries and even a nasty case of the stomach flu en route to a 37-7 record. On Sunday, she conquered the elements, too. Less than a day
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Henderson blanks Cardinals, leads Bears to second win at Louisville Regional

Cal one win away from advancing to Super Regionals

The Cal softball team’s postseason opener against Jacksonville State on Friday could have been another shutout for Bears’ ace Jolene Henderson. However, the Gamecocks broke it up with three runs in the seventh inning. In the second game of the Louisville Regional on Saturday, Henderson wouldn’t be denied. The Pac-10
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