NPF Draftee Update 5/14 – Valerie Arioto


ASA Names Arioto, Henderson POY Finalists (5/9)

BERKELEY – The Amateur Softball Association announced that it considers Valerie Arioto and Jolene Henderson two of the top 11 student-athletes in the country when the Golden Bear pair landed on the top-11 list of finalists for the 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. The 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 – will be announced at the opening of the 2012 NCAA Women’s College World Series.”

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Vs. Arizona State University, May 10, 11, and 12

Game 1, 5/10: Cal 4, ASU 2

Game 2, 5/11: Cal 5, ASU 0

Game 3, 5/12: Cal 0, ASU 5

Batting: AB-5;R-2;H-1;RBI-2;BB-5;SO-2;PO-19;A-4;LOB-5

Pitching: W, 20-2 IP-7.0;H-6;R-0;ER-0;BB-1;SO-11;WP-0;BK-0;HBP-0;IBB-0;AB-29;BF-30;FO-4;GO-6;NP-108


Game 1:

“The No. 1 California softball team battled back from a two-run deficit to tie the game 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth against No. 2 Arizona State before senior Valerie Arioto unleashed a two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh to defeat the Sun Devils 4-2.”

Game 2:

“Senior player of the year award candidate Valerie Arioto pitched the complete-game victory, shutting out the Sun Devils as she struck out 11 of them.”


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