Softball: Ex-Bear Arioto earns big honor

Former Cal star Valerie Arioto of Pleasanton was named 2012 USA Softball Female Athlete of the Year.

Arioto, 23, helped lead the USA team to the World Cup Championship and Silver medal finishes in the Canadian Open Championship and International Softball Federation (ISF) Women’s World Championship. Arioto was named the Batting MVP of the Canadian Open
Championship after finishing the event with five home runs and 13 RBI.

“I’m so honored to be named 2012 USA Softball Female Athlete of the Year,” Arioto said. “The supported I’ve received from my family, my Team USA family and my Cal family has been tremendous and I wouldn’t be where I am without their help.”

With the USA team, Arioto batted .462 on the year with 11 home runs, 37 RBI and 27 runs. She had an on-base percentage of .611 with a 1.115 slugging percentage.

Jeff Faraudo