Results tagged “Softball” from California


For any of you who have faithfully checked the blog this week only to find no new activity, I'm here to offer my deepest apologies.

If you have been with the Bear Blog from the beginning, you remember that I am currently in the process of writing an honors thesis on the polarization of the American news media. Having turned in a 42-page rough draft this week (with the final draft due on May 5), well, things have been a bit crazy on my end.

We'll be back with more complete coverage of Cal sports after the holiday weekend. If you are staying in Berkeley, I would suggest you check out the Brutus Hamilton Invitational, softball's series with rival Stanford and the first ever Swim With Mike event at Spieker Pool.


Earlier this week, Cal softball player Jace Williams joined the Bear Blog to discuss a 4-0 weekend as well as an 11-3 romping of No. 20 LSU.

Since then, the Bears cracked the top ten in the rankings and Williams wrote another edition of her softball blog, "The Hot Corner with Jace." Check it out.


The season may be young for the No. 14 Cal softball team, but the Bears were out to make a statement last weekend at the Cathedral City Classic just outside of Palm Springs.

Four teams were lined up to play Cal over the weekend, and all four went home defeated. While the wins over Indiana (4-3), Massachusetts (4-0) and Cal Poly (2-0) were important, it was Saturday's defeat of No. 20 LSU (11-3) that particularly resonated with the team.

With five straight (and nine of the last 10) College World Series championships, the Pac-10 has illustrated its dominance over the last decade. Yet it is the SEC that generally receives much of the attention around the country, which can be attributed to the television contract that the conference has with ESPN.

Until the Pac-10 is able to secure a television contract that will feature softball more frequently (which, we're told, is in the works), Cal and the rest of the Pac-10 will simply let on-field results do the talking.

We caught up with starting infielder Jace Williams - who happens to be a blogger as well - this afternoon to talk about the weekend and, more specifically, the Pac-10-SEC rivalry. Here's what she had to say.

David Seawright: What was the highlight of your weekend?

Jace Williams:
We've had some good games, some OK games, games where we didn't play well but still won, but against LSU we had a glimpse of brilliance where it showed the potential of this team. It showed where we're going and where we could go this season.

What feeds the Pac-10's rivalry with the SEC?

The Pac-10 is clearly the most dominant conference in softball. It's pretty impressive for a conference as a whole. The SEC wants to pipe in and say that the Pac-10 was dominant but isn't anymore, but until they win I don't see them being able to say those things.

Is that why it was so special to beat LSU, a top-25 team from the SEC?

It shouldn't be more special, but whenever you see an SEC team, especially after what Georgia did to us at the Super Regional last year, we really wanted to take it to them. We wanted to make a statement for our conference and us as a team.

What was that statement?

That we're a force to be reckoned with. We have an insane amount of athleticism on this team. Our speed is unbelievable. We showcased what our team is capable of and where we're going and what we have to look forward to this season. We really capitalized our strengths.



The Cal softball team may not play a game in Berkeley until April 1 - and no, that's not an early April Fool's joke - but the Bears have quite a bit going on before then.

With four different tournaments coming up (one of which is in Honolulu - I'll have to see if they want the Bear Blog covering that one exclusively) before Pac-10 play begins, No. 14 Cal has an important preseason stretch throughout March.

One of those tournaments began earlier today in Cathedral City, California - which is right outside of Palm Springs - as the Bears just finished a close game with Indiana that ended with a wild pitch scoring junior Frani Echavarria for the winning run. The Bears will face of against Massachusetts in today's second game.

Cal will play No. 20 LSU tomorrow afternoon before the tournament schedule concludes with a Sunday afternoon match up with Cal Poly.

For constant updates on everything Cal softball, you can follow the team on Twitter.  And of course, stick with the Bear Blog for a more in depth look at the Bears coming soon.