Mon Oct 15 09:47pm EDT
BERKELEY - Already having cemented her stature in the prestigious annals of California softball, former Bears pitcher Jocelyn Forest will forever be a fixture in all of Golden Bear Sports with her induction to the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame this fall. Fans can purchase tickets to her induction banquet along with tickets to the Cal vs. Oregon football game at which Forest and the other inductees will be honored.
Forest led the Bears to the 2002 Women's College World Series title over Arizona just a month after the brutal murder of her sister, and has continued to give back to the program since she left Berkeley, discovering pitching prospect Nikki Owens, who is currently a sophomore hurler for Diane Ninemire.
The induction banquet will be on Friday, Nov. 9 at the Greek Orthodox Church in Oakland. Tickets are $85 each. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. and the program at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $85 each. For more information on ordering tickets, call 510-333-5927 or email info@bigCsociety.org.
At halftime of the Cal vs. Oregon game on Nov. 10, all of the inductees will be recognized on field. Tickets are available for purchase to the football game by calling 800-GO-BEARS.
One of the top softball pitchers in school history, Forest led Cal to the 2002 NCAA championship -- the first NCAA women's team title ever at Cal. She was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after posting a 4-0 record with a 0.50 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 28.0 innings of work at the Women's College World Series. She completed her senior year with a 29-12 record and a 1.11 ERA. A two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection, she was named a second team All-American in both 2001 and '02. Forest won at least 20 games and helped Cal to the WCWS during each of her four years, finishing with 103 victories, 993.2 innings pitched and 1,203 strikeouts. In addition, she was voted the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA regional at UMass as a freshman.
The Class of 2012, which will comprise the 27th group of inductees, consists of:
• Haley Cope - the 2000 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year and member of the 2004 USA Olympic team
• Jocelyn Forest - the Most Outstanding Player of the 2002 Women's College World Series
• Mike Harrison - an All-American catcher who hit 40 home runs during his career
• Bruce Kennedy - a member of three Olympic teams and the 1973 NCAA runner-up in the javelin
• Lamond Murray - a two-time All-Pac-10 basketball forward who scored 1,688 career points
• Anne Walker - an All-Pac-10 performer who helped lift Cal women's golf onto the national stage