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Cal Softball 10, Stanford 1 in 3-game series opener

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Behind a career high 13 strike outs by Nisa Ontiveros, Golden Bears keep Stanford winless in Pac-12.

Plenty of the Cal Softball success in 2016 can be attributed to the senior righty Nisa Ontiveros
Plenty of the Cal Softball success in 2016 can be attributed to the senior righty Nisa Ontiveros
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BEARS WIN! Bears register an easy 10-1 over rival Stanford!

Golden Bears keep Stanford winless in the Pac-12 (0-16 now) with a strong pitching performance from senior Nisa Ontiveros.

Bears jumped out to a 2-0 lead (thanks to a two-run single by catcher Annie Aldrete who added another two-run single later in the game) and never look back. Stanford scored their lone run via a homerun after the Bears was already up by 4.

In the 7th, the Bears put up another 5 spot.

Bears also made some defensive gems like this one.

It was a total team effort and the two teams will play again at 7pm on Saturday night. That game will again be on the Pac-12 Networks.

ROLL ON YOU BEARS!

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California Golden Bears at Stanford Cardinal

Where: Stanford, CA

When: 7 pm PT

TV: Pac-12 Bay Area

Going away from my usual Golden Medals format this spring (focusing more of my time on individual game threads and recaps for baseball and rivalry games of other sports), I haven't really write that much about Cal Softball yet (who are again having a fine season). The Bears are a very respectable 25-18-1 with a 6-7-1 record in the Pac-12. After a rough season in 2014 (Bears went 4-18 in conference play that year), the Golden Bears are currently a decent bet for a return to the postseason for the 2nd straight year (Bears have a RPI of 39 currently). Compared to last year, the Bears have both improved amongst the returning players and added at least a couple of big impact freshmen to the mix.

Stanford, on the other hand, have had another rough year (I believe their program lost a few players last season and has yet to recover). The Cardinal are 13-26 and 0-15 in Pac-12 play (that's a RPI of 120, by the way). Stanford is in the middle of a 9 game losing streak. The Bears surely would not mind continuing Stanford's misery.

Key Cal Players to know:

Senior pitcher Nisa Ontiveros lead the Pac with an ERA of 1.54. Merely two seasons ago, I question whether Ontiveros would ever find success in the Pac (she was hit very hard in conference play). It is great to see the veteran Ontiveros improves every year to now lead the No.2 team in the Pac inside the circle (Cal as a team has an ERA of 2.52). Freshman Kourtney Shaw  is 10th in the Pac with a ERA of 2.98.

Sophomore Jazymyn Jackson leads the Pac in hits and is 11th in batting average with 0.392. She has a 14 game hit streak coming to the weekend.

In Pac-12 play, Kylie Reed is hitting 0.440 (good for 3rd best in the Pac). She had a career-best 21 game hit streak earlier on the season.

Sophomore 1st baseman Kobie Pettis is the cleanup hitter in the Cal lineup. She leads the team in doubles with 11 and in RBI with 28. Pettis is slugging 0.343/0.400/0.470.

Freshman Lindsay Rood is the other name to know in the middle of the Cal lineup. She is slugging a very impressive 0.354/0.488/0.520 to lead the team by far in OBP and SLG. Learn more about her (including why she chose Cal over her mother's alma matter Arizona) in the video below.

GO BEARS!