Softball Prepares For Battle With Arizona In World Series
May 22, 2001
With its 3-2 10th-inning win over Florida State in game two on Championship Sunday, Cal earned its third-consecutive and sixth overall trip to the NCAA Women's College World Series. Last season, the Bears won the Fresno State regional to advance to the WCWS and finished in a seventh-place tie. In 1999, Cal took the UMass regional to start the series three-peat, finishing tied for third in the NCAA. Cal's first trip to the WCWS came in 1986 when it defeated Arizona State in a best-of-three series and went on to finish tied for third overall. In 1992, Cal returned once again to the series when it swept San Jose State in another best-of-three series and finished in a fifth-place tie overall. In 1996, the Bears finished tied for fifth once again after winning the Fresno State regional.
Cal Seeded Eighth in WCWS
Cal earns an eighth seed in the WCWS after coming out as the No. 2 seed of the eighth-seed regional in Tallahassee, Fla. The Bears, who were ranked 6th in the latest USA Today/NFCA poll, are one of the eight teams ranked in the World Series. Top-seeded Arizona was ranked No. 1 in the final NFCA poll and same holds true for No. 2 UCLA and No. 3 LSU, respectively. Michigan ended the regular season ranked 21st, but advanced from the fourth-seed regional to earn a No. 4 seed in the tournament. Oklahoma ended the season and enters this weekend as the fifth seed. Stanford completed the 2001 season at No. 4, but holds the sixth seed, while Iowa began last weekend's regional ranked 15th, but comes in this weekend with a seven seed. With the seedings set, Cal opens the WCWS versus top-seeded Arizona at 10 a.m. CT on ESPN2. Below is the World Series schedule:
Thursday, May 24Game 1 - Cal vs. Arizona, 10 a.m.Game 2 - Michigan vs. Oklahoma, 12:30 p.m.Game 3 - LSU vs. Stanford, 6 p.m.Game 4 - Iowa vs. UCLA, 8:30 p.m.
Friday, May 25Game 5 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6 p.m.Game 6 - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 26Game 7 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 11 a.m.Game 8 - Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1:30 p.m.Game 9 - Winner Game 7 vs. - Loser Game 6, 6 p.m.Game 10 - Winner Game 8 vs. - Loser Game 5, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 27Game 11 - Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 9, 12 noonGame 12 - Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 10, 2:30 p.m.Game 13* - Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 9, 5 p.m.Game 14* - Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 10, 5 or 7:30 p.m.
Monday, May 28Game 15 (13): Winner Game 11/13 vs. Winner Game 12/14, 12:15 p.m.
* If Necessary
The Bears opened the 2001 Florida State regional with a 2-0 win over Connecticut. Jocelyn Forest and Nicole DiSalvio combined on a four-hit shutout, with DiSalvio earning the win in relief. Catcher Courtney Scott scored both runs for Cal in the opener. The Bears then took game two in a similar 2-0 fashion, this time over Florida Atlantic. Second baseman Eryn Manahan had two hits in the game adding a run and an RBI as well. This time, Forest pitched a three-hit complete game for the win. In game three, Cal faced the top-seeded Florida State Seminoles. Center fielder Amber Phillips scored from third in the bottom of the seventh for the only run in the game for both teams on a shortstop Paige Bowie suicide squeeze. Forest earned the win once again, limiting the Seminoles to just two hits. Cal and FSU faced each other once again, this time for the regional title. The Seminoles had to beat the Bears twice on Sunday. FSU took the opener on Sunday, 2-1, but Cal came back to win in remarkable fashion in the nightcap, 3-2, in 10 innings. In the finale, FSU jumped ahead with a 1-0 lead in the first. Cal matched that with a single run in the third. The game remained tied, 1-1, until the Seminoles plated one run in the top of the 10th. However, with two outs and two strikes and the bases full of Bears in the bottom half of the 10th, right fielder Kristen Morley doubled to left center to bring home Manahan from third and Phillips from second, for a 3-2 final.
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