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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."

With the Pac-12 title on the line on Friday afternoon, Arioto pitched seven innings of shutout work, fanning 11 Sun Devils and giving up just one walk. The Bears defeated Arizona State 5-0 to win the title.

Thanks to her 0.00 ERA outing on Friday, Arioto now has a 1.22 ERA, limiting her batters to hit .191, and has a 20-2 record.

This is the fourth Player of the Week honor of Arioto's career, the third of the year and Cal's 80th weekly conference award for the Bears.

Cal begins its 2012 postseason run on Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m. PT against Iona in the Berkeley Regional. Tickets are on sale now.

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