No. 7 California Advances to Semifinals of the Capital Classic

March 16, 2002

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Seventh-ranked California advanced to the semifinals of the 10th-annual Sacramento Capital Classic Saturday afternoon, defeating tournament host Sacramento State (11-17), 6-2, at the Sacramento Softball Complex. The Golden Bears earned a bye in the first round of bracket play after going 4-0 in pool A.

Cal scored right away, as freshman Kaleo Eldredge doubled to left center to lead off the game. Junior Kristen Morley bunted Eldredge over to third and senior Candace Harper hit a sacrifice fly to center, bringing Eldredge home for the 1-0 lead.

The Bears added a run in the fourth as junior Roni Rodrigues, who transferred from CSUS last year, doubled in junior Courtney Scott from second base.

In the top of the fifth, with the bases loaded and no outs, Veronica Nelson, hit a single through the hole between third and shortstop to bring in two runs and chase the Hornet's starting pitcher Gina Steenburgen from the game.

Rodrigues, the designated player, and Eldredge each went 2-for-3 for the game. Eldredge recorded her 14th multi-hit game of the season, including her third against CSUS.

Senior Jocelyn Forest went the distance, striking out 10 batters on two base on balls. She threw six shutout innings before surrendering two runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Cal advances on to face Wisconsin in the semifinals of the Capital Classic, Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Sacramento Softball Complex. The winner of that game faces the winner of No. 4 Nebraska and Miami in the championship game at 11 a.m., Sunday.

Softball Results at Sacramento Softball Complex
Sacramento, CA

Game 1 vs. Sacramento State (11-16)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ECalifornia 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 6 9 1Sacramento State 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 6 1

Win: Forest, Cal (11-5), C: ScottLoss: Steenburgen (4.0 innings), CSUS (1-4), Deatherage (3.0 innings), C: CoyneHome Runs: None

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