Candace Harper
Candace Harper

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Stockton

High School:
Lincoln

Position:
3B

Birthdate:
04/01/1980

Experience:
3V

Bats/Throws:
R/R

A three-year starter at third base ? will hold down the hot corner once again this season ? has shown consistency at the plate as she batted .304 in 1999, again in 2000 and .305 in 2001 ? not only an offensive threat, but is solid on defense, posting a .960 fielding percentage last season. As a Junior: An honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection, Harper started in every game for Cal in 2001 ? tied for second on the team in home runs with four ? also had second most RBI with 33 ? had two or more hits in 15 games and three hits six times throughout the year, while also driving in two or more runs in seven different games ? had a seven-game hitting streak April 1-14 ? went 4-for-7 in a two-game series against Oregon, scoring three runs and driving in a pair Apr. 7-8 ? hit the front end of back-to-back homers with teammate Veronica Nelson at Stanford Apr. 13 ? has committed just seven errors, with only two coming in the last 27 games ? knocked in Cal's first run in the NCAA regional championship game vs. Florida State. As a Sophomore: Started and played in all 74 games ? Earned second team All-Pac-10 honors for the second straight year ? also earned second team all-region honors and selected to the Troy Cox Classic All-Tournament team (Las Cruces, NM) after going 10-for-17 with four runs scored, six RBI, two home runs and two doubles in the tournament ? had an eight-game hitting streak from Feb. 19-26 (14-for-28) ? her 17 doubles tie her with former teammate Lisa Iancin for the Cal season record ? in addition, her 70 hits on the year rank fifth and 38 RBI tied her for fifth on Cal's season list ? had 17 multi-hit games and four three-hit games ? broke the Cal at-bats record with 230 last season ? had eight games with at least two RBI ? had four RBI and batted 5-for-6 in a doubleheader sweep of Cal Poly? her 169 assists broke former SS Katie May's school season record of 166 set in 1998. As a Freshman: Harper was the lone Cal freshman to crack the starting lineup in the field ? earned second team All-Pac-10 and second team all-region honors ? a clutch performer, she batted .333 with runners in scoring position and .352 with two outs ? her two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning at Oregon State provided the difference in an 8-6 victory, while she had a two-run double in the top of the seventh inning in a 3-0 victory at Oregon ? had two hits in the same inning during an eight-run Cal outburst in the second inning at Sacramento State ? got the year off to a strong start when she went 6-for-9 with five runs and 5 RBI in her first four games ? was 2-for-2 with a homer and 2 RBI in a 7-6 victory at Arizona State ? also had a two-run home run in a 5-1 victory over Arizona May 1 ? named to the all-tournament team at the NCAA regional after hitting .389 (7-18) with two doubles. High School: Harper was a four-time all-area shortstop at Lincoln HS ? named first team all-state as a senior ? also voted first team all-league four times and led her team to four league titles ? Lincoln finished second in the CIF San Juaquin Section in 1998 ? played basketball for three years, helping her team to the '98 league title ? named Lincoln's Scholar Athlete of the Year as a freshman. Personal: Parents are Tom and Pam Harper ? sociology major ? her aunt, Mary, played softball at Pacific ? born April 1, 1980 in Stockton, CA.

Harper's Career Statistics

Year G AB R H AVG 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB
1999 72 181 21 55 .304 5 0 4 24 12 15 2
2000 74 230 23 70 .304 17 0 5 38 16 19 1
2001 72 220 34 67 .305 9 0 4 33 15 20 0
Total 218 631 78 192 .304 31 0 13 95 43 54 3
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