NPF Draftee Update 5/21 – Valerie Arioto

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Via calbears.com: Pac-12 Honors Arioto as Pitcher of the Week (5/14): “BERKELEY - Senior Valerie Arioto pitched the Bears to a 5-0 win over No. 2 Arizona State for the top-ranked California softball team to win its Pac-12 Championship, making her this week's Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week. ‘"It is an awesome accomplishment to be the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week," Arioto said. "My team's defense was behind me the whole time. It's hard to get past them! My teammates provided me with the run support we needed to win the game and the conference."’ Read more here   USA Softball … [Read more...]

NCAA Regional Results Are In: Draftee Updates

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5 Pride Draftees move on to the Super Regional round of the NCAA tournament, while 2 draftees’ teams fell just short of regional tournament wins. Michelle Moultrie of the University of Florida and UCLA’s Andrea Harrison both concluded their college careers this weekend.  Ironically, both Moultrie’s and Harrison’s teams were eliminated by Florida teams, dropping regional titles to the University of South Florida and Florida State, respectively. Moultrie ends her University of Florida Tenure as the college’s career leader in batting average at .385 and stolen bases at 83 in 99 attempts.   … [Read more...]

Valerie Arioto Named Pac-12 Player of the Year

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Valerie Arioto, the 8th overall pick to the USSSA Pride in the 2012 NPF Draft and Cal Berkeley utility player, was named by the 2012 All-Conference Player of the Year by the Pac-12 on May 16. Arioto, a 3-time All-Pac-12 honoree, is the first Cal player ever to be honored as the Pac-12 Player of the Year.  Arioto leads the nation in walks per game at 1.37.  The Pride Draftee leads her conference and lands in the national top ten in four additional categories: ERA (1.22, 9th in nation), slugging percentage (1.000, 3rd in nation), on-base percentage (.626, 2nd in nation), and homeruns (22, 6th … [Read more...]

2012 NCAA Softball Bracket Released

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On May 13, the NCAA released their 2012 Division I Softball Championship bracket, announcing the regional line-ups for the Nation's top 64 softball programs, including the teams of all seven of our 2012 USSSA Pride Draftees. Draftee Valerie Arioto and her team, the number 1 seed Cal Bears will host Iona, Boston University, and Arkansas in the University.  Cal will face Iona on May 18 at 7 p.m.. The winner of the Cal tournament will take on the champion of the Seattle regional, hosted by Draftee Nikia Williams and her team, the number 16 seed University of Washington.  The Huskies will … [Read more...]

Pride Draftees Close Out Regular Season, Stand Out Nationally

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As the NCAA's regular softball season draws to a close and conference tournaments (and eventually the 2012 Women's College World Series) approach, let's look at where the  2012 USSSA Pride Draftees and their college teams stand. 8th overall draft pick Valerie Arioto and her Cal Bears rank number 1 in all three of the major national polls (NCAA, USA Today/NFCA Coaches, and ESPN.com) with a 48-3 record and one series to go.  On May 10-11, the Bears will face off against #2 Arizona State. Individually, University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Christi Orgeron and Arioto find themselves in the … [Read more...]