No. 7 California Falls to No. 5 Nebraska in Capital Classic Finals, 4-3
March 17, 2002
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Nebraska (25-5) won its second Capital Classic Softball Tournament title by defeating California (28-9), 4-3, in eight innings Sunday afternoon at the Sacramento Softball Complex. The fifth-ranked Huskers finished the tournament with a perfect 8-0 mark and have now won a school-record 19-straight games.
Nebraska, which also won the tournament in 1998, is now a combined 34-20 in eight years at the tournament. The seventh-ranked Bears had won their first six games of the tournament until being defeated today. Cal beat Wisconsin, 1-0, while Nebraska knocked off Miami (Ohio), 9-1, in the semifinals this morning.
The Bears spotted the Huskers a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning, surrendering back-to-back-to-back home runs to Nebraska. The Bears did answer back however, displaying a little power surge of their own. Senior Candace Harper nailed a two run homer with Kristen Morley on first. Veronica Nelson followed with a solo homer to left field to knot the game at three-all. Nebraska scored the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth in the international tie-breaker format.
Freshman Kelly Anderson (4-2) took the loss for Cal after relieving starting pitcher Jen Deering in the second inning.
A combined five home runs were given up by the two teams. Nelson's blast was her seventh of the season and her third this tournament. Harper notched her third round-tripper of the year.
In the semifinal game against No. 25 Wisconsin, freshman Chelsea Spencer came through with a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning to give the Bears the only run they needed.
Senior pitcher Jocelyn Forest (12-5), who was selected to the Capital Classic all-tournament team, pitched her 13th complete game of the year and racked up her 12th win of the season in the shutout.
Cal now heads to the Hawaii Invitational, Thursday, Mar. 21 to Saturday, Mar. 23.
Softball Results at Sacramento Softball Complex
Game 1 vs. No. 25 Wisconsin (14-7)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ECalifornia 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 0Wisconsin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Win: Forest, Cal (12-5), C: ScottLoss: Kirchberg, WISC (8-6), C: GilletteHome Runs: Spencer
Game 1 vs. No. 5 Nebraska (25-5)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H ENebraska 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 7 1California 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 7 0
Win: Walker, NEB (12-2), C: BurgessLoss: Anderson, Cal (4-2), C: ScottHome Runs: Nebraska, Suhr, James, Buchholz, Cal, Harper, Nelson