PODCAST: Spring sports galore

Image unavailable osqizb
SOCIAL: Follow BearTerritory on Twitter | Like on Facebook
Listen to the first segment of the Bear Republic Podcast HERE.
Listen to the second segment of the Bear Republic Podcast HERE
March 29: Let's Talk About Tex
March 22:The Woos is Loose
March 16: Guyton in Spring
March 7: The Schwartz is With Us
March 1: Previewing Stanford; Football Positions of Need
Feb. 17: Junior Day Preview, Baseball and Softball Season Outlook
Feb. 10: Bryce Treggs and Jon Wheeler Talk Signing Day and Hoops
Feb. 3: National Signing Day Recap
Jan. 26: National Signing Day Final Countdown
Jan. 20: Donovan Edwards and the Crew Talk About the Lupoi Fiasco
Jan. 12: Zach Kline Joins The Bear Republic
Dec. 28: The Bear Republic Goes Bowling with Cal Softball's Jace Williams
Dec. 22: 2004 Bears Talk Texas Holiday Bowl
Dec. 16: Recruiting Breakdown
Dec. 9: Recruiting and Longhorns Preview
Dec. 2: Bowl Predictions
Nov. 23: Dealing with the (Sun) Devils
Nov. 18: Big Game Podcast featuring Michael Silver and Brian Treggs
Nov. 11: Signing Day, Penn State, Oregon State Preview
Nov. 4: World Series Hero Allen Craig Joins the Crew
Oct. 28: The Price is Right: Jarred Price Helps Preview the Baby Bears
Oct. 21: Unwrapping the Utes
Oct. 12: Pain Train Joins the Bear Republic Podcast
Oct. 1: Bye Bye Bye Week Podcast
Sept. 23: Cracking open a 12 Pac
Sept. 15: Previewing Presby
Sept 8: Breaking Down the Buffs
Sept. 3: Previewing the Bulldogs
August 24: From the White House to South Beach
August 2: Bear Goggles Football Season Preview
July 17: Bear Goggles World Cup Edition
July 5: The Post-CWS Return of Bear Goggles
June 4: Pay for Play
May 26: Cal Softball and More
May 18: A Shot of (Mike) Silver
May 11: What is the Cal Brand?
May 5: The Pac-12 Media Deal
April 26: Women's Hoops
SAN FRANCISCO -- With most of the regular crew unable to return to The Republic, the Bear Republic Podcast invites former California offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz back as a special co-host this week, to talk spring football, baseball and yes, even the unanimous No. 1 Cal softball team.
Of course, any talk about the queens of the college diamond would be woefully incomplete without bringing back old friend Jace Williams, who joins the first segment for a midseason update as she and the rest of the Bears (37-1) prepare to face off against No. 13 Arizona in a three-game set this weekend at Levine-Fricke Field, which just doubled its seating capacity by adding 704 bleacher seats in the outfield.
In our first segment, Williams and I go through the superlative performances of Valerie Arioto and Jolene Henderson, who have combined to take home six weekly conference awards, with speedster Jamia Reid bringing home a Player of the Week award of her own on April 2.
Cal has three players among the 25 finalists for the 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, including Arioto, Henders and Reid, with no Bears player having taken home the award before. Arioto is also in the running for the Lowes Senior Class Award, and you can vote for her right here.
Arioto is tops the Pac-12 in home runs with 17, with freshman third baseman Danielle Henderson tied for fifth with 12 longballs. Arioto is two homers away from tying her 2010 output, and also two away from registering the most round-trippers in a season by a Cal player, which was set back in 2001 by Veronica Nelson, and tied by Arioto two seasons ago.
Danielle Henderson, with one more, would tie Haley Woods and Nelson for the fifth-most home runs in a season in Bears history.
Former Bears ace Kristina Thorson is in the news, as well, auctioning off an autographed sports bra on eBay, with the proceeds going towards breast cancer research. As of this printing, the sports bra is up well over $250, and with the help of you Cal fans, it can go even higher, and it all goes towards a good cause, so with two days left, go ahead and check it out.
In our second segment, we're joined by our old friend Jon Doss, calling in all the way from his new post at the ABC affiliate in Rochester, N.Y.
Along with Jon and Schwartz, we talk about all the latest happenings in Cal football and around the NCAA, finally settling on the slumping Bears baseball team and exclusive observations from inside the fence at Witter Rugby Field, as Cal tries to find replacements for Schwartz and the rest of the departing seniors.
After a foray into the latest happenings in baseball, we return to the gridiron and break down some of the youngsters making moves in spring camp, and to finish off our podcast, regional recruiting analyst Keith Niebuhr breaks down the Bears' latest commitment from Georgia defensive back Trey Cheek.
You can catch the softball team as they battle the Wildcats this weekend at 3 PM on Friday, 1 PM on Saturday and noon on Sunday.
The Cal baseball team begins a seven-game homestand with a three-game set against Washington, starting Friday at 2:30 with Michael Theofanopoulos on the hill, and continuing with senior righty Matt Flemer at 1 Pm on Saturday and junior lefty Justin Jones finishing off the series in a 1 PM start on Sunday.