No. 8 California Defeats Hawaii, 4-0
March 22, 2002
HONOLULU, Hawaii - The Golden Bears (30-9) swept the first two games of the Hawaii Chevron Invitational. California defeated Nippon Sports Science University, 5-3, in an exhibition game that did not count toward the Bears' NCAA record. Cal shutout host Hawaii (20-13), 4-0, in the second game to collect its 30th win of the season.
In the first game, Nippon Sports Science University, also known as Nittaidai, jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning as Asami Kanaya doubled to right center, bringing in Saori Shiri and Miyumi Ohdate.
The Bears scored five unanswered runs with three coming in the bottom half of the third as senior third baseman Candace Harper blasted a two-run homer over the left field fence. Junior Veronica Nelson followed, connecting on a homer of her own as she completed the back-to-back power surge. Cal also scored runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
Against the Rainbow Wahine, the Bears scored early as Nelson blasted a three-run shot, her seventh of the season, over the wall at left center.
Hawaii couldn't get anything jump started as senior Jocelyn Forest shut down the Wahine with 13 strikeouts, limiting UH to just two hits in seven innings of work. It was Forest's 11th double-digit strikeout performance of the year. The win was her 13th of the season and her sixth shutout on the year.
The Bears face Hofstra tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the second day of the Chevron Invitational at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
Softball Results at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
Game 1 vs. Nittaidai Squad 2 (Exhibition)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ENittaidai 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 5 2California 0 0 3 1 1 0 X 5 9 0
Win: Anderson, Cal (5-2), C: ScottLoss: Gotoh, (N/A), C: GilletteHome Runs: Harper, Nelson
Game 1 vs. Hawaii (20-13)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ECalifornia 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 8 1Hawaii 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Win: Forest, Cal (13-5), C: ScottLoss: Oronoz, UH (12-6), C: TandarichHome Runs: Nelson (7)