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Softball: Henderson breaks career wins mark

Senior Jolene Henderson became the winningest pitcher in Cal softball history, posting her 120th career victory in the Bears’ 4-1 win over Utah at Levine-Fricke Field.

Henderson passed U.S. Olympian Michele Granger, who won 119 games for the Bears from 1990-93.

“We’ve had a number of All-American pitchers here at Cal that have pitched at the Olympic level and the USA level, and here comes Jolene and she has now broken the mark to be the all-time winningest pitcher,” Cal coach Diane Ninemire said. “That is a phenomenal accomplishment by a great player and a great team player.”

Henderson struck out five, walked one and allowed five hits and one earned run against the Utes. Her season earned run average is 0.94.

Her current career record is 120-26 with a 1.22 ERA. In 972 innings, she has struck out 1,016 batters.

“The best part about it,” Henderson said, “is that my team has won all these games. I’ve never won a game all by myself but Cal has had so many people put in so much energy in to all these wins in all these four years. It all plays a part.”

Granger, who won an Olympic gold medal in 1996 at Atlanta, was 119-52 at Cal with an 0.46 ERA and a then-NCAA record 1,640 strikeouts. She pitched 25 no-hitters, including five perfect games. 

Jeff Faraudo

  • AAHQ

    I traveled with my daughter Abby from Monterey to watch the game today. Jolene is well known for her tremendous softball exploits, but what fewer people know is what a gracious and classy young lady she is. Congratulations Jolene on a great accomplishment– it is so well deserved. Go Bears!!!

  • Eric

    Totally awesome.

  • rollonubears

    That’s insane! And we pay guys 25 million to pitch every 6 days?

  • Alaska Bear

    Indeed a well deserved honor. Jolene epitomizes Cal softball; she is a total team player. Congratulations, Jolene.