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Softball: Everything you need to start a big weekend for Cal softball

The top-ranked Cal women’s softball team begins a three-game series vs. No. 2 Arizona State on Thursday at Levine-Fricke Field above Memorial Stadium.

Ten years after the Golden Bears won their only national championship in the sport, is this team actually better?

Meanwhile, athletic director Sandy Barbour believes it’s “a no-brainer” that Cal will be chosen Sunday for the first time to host an NCAA regional. “How do you deny the No. 1 team in the country if we meet the criteria?” Barbour said.

Finally, Cal stars Valerie Arioto and Jolene Henderson are finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. Arizona State’s Katelyn Boyd is also among the 11 finalists.

Jeff Faraudo