Via calbears.com:

Three Bears Make Player of the Year Top-25 List: Valerie Arioto, Jolene Henderson, Jamia Reid Candidates for Top Honor (4/11)

“BERKELEY – Valerie Arioto, Jolene Henderson and Jamia Reid of the No. 1 California softball team have the utmost honor of being named three of the 25 finalists for the 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, the Amateur Softball Association announced Wednesday. This award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women’s collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.”

 

Vs. Saint Mary’s, April 11

Cal 9, Saint Mary’s 0

Arioto, 4/11: Hitting: AB-4;R-1;H-1;RBI-2;BB-0;SO-1;PO-2;A-2;LOB-1

Pitching: W,17-0;IP-4.0;H-3;R-0;ER-0;BB-1;SO-6;WP-0;BK-0;HBP-0;IBB-0;AB-14;BF-15;FO-1;GO-4

 

Valerie Arioto also went yard, adding a solo shot to her RBI groundout.

“…Valerie Arioto started and earned the win, giving up just three hits and one walk while striking out six.”

 

Vs. Arizona, April 13,14,and 15 

Game 1, 4/13: Cal 2, Arizona 0

Game 2, 4/14: Cal 3, Arizona 8

Game 3, 4/15: Cal 6, Arizona 0

Arioto, 4/13-15: Hitting: AB-6;R-3;H-2;RBI-2;BB-3;SO-1;PO-18;A-1;LOB-0

Pitching: L,17-1;IP-5.1;H-8;R-4;ER-3;BB-2;SO-6;WP-1;BK-0;HBP-1;IBB-0;AB-23;BF-27;FO-0;GO-10;NP-91

 

Game 1:

Valerie Arioto broke through with a walk to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Jace Williams followed that up with a grounder back to Fowler for a single. Fowler went to throw Arioto out at second, but the ball bounded into center field, allowing Arioto to move to third.

“…Arizona catcher Lini Koria could not handle the first pitch thrown to Breana Kostreba, bringing Arioto home.” 

Game 2:

Valerie Arioto (17-1) suffered the loss – her first of the year – after giving up three earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out six.”

Game 3: 

“Senior Valerie Arioto hit two homers while Frani Echavarria, Jamia Reid and Danielle Henderson all drove in a run apiece”

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