No. 6 California Blasts Oregon, 7-0
April 7, 2002
EUGENE, Ore. - A weekend that started off with a frustrating and disappointing, 3-2, loss to Oregon State capped off with a triumphant, 7-0, shutout over Oregon (18-15, 0-6 Pac-10) Sunday afternoon at Howe Field. The Golden Bears (37-12, 4-2 Pac-10) scored four late runs to put the game out of reach and have now posted the best conference start since 1996 when Cal began Pac-10's with a 7-1 record.
The Bears scored first as freshman Kristen Bayless led off the top of the third with a double to left field. She advanced to third when Oregon left fielder Kristi Hall bobbled the ball trying to field the hit. Freshman Kaleo Eldredge followed with a base hit up the middle to score Bayless.
In the next inning, the Bears got two more runs across as the Ducks' starting pitcher Lindsey Kontra walked the first two batters. Eldredge came up, this time, laying down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third. Junior Kristen Morley came up next and slapped a two run single to left field to give Cal a 3-0 lead.
Things weren't finished for the Bears as they added four more runs in the seventh frame. Kontra was pulled in the seventh in favor of Anissa Meashintubby, who lasted just a third of an inning after walking two batters and three base hits.
Senior pitcher Jocelyn Forest, who collected her first save of the season yesterday, went the distance scattering three hits, striking out six batters and walking just one. With the win, Forest is just one victory shy of tying Leslie Partch (1979-82) for second place on Cal's all-time career list.
Freshman Jessica Pamanian came through with both the bat and the glove as she went 2-for-4 with two RBI. At second base, the Milpitas native turned a spectacular double play as she dove to her left to snatch a line drive and then flicked the ball to first base to double up the base runner, who prematurely left for second. On another play, Pamanian saved a sure base hit when she climbed the ladder to grab a rising line drive.
The one-sided blanking was also the largest margin of victory in a shutout since 1999 when the Bears defeated Washington, 7-0.
The Bears host San Jose State in a nonconference tilt Wednesday at 2 p.m. Cal resumes conference play when it heads to Washington Friday at 2 p.m., and UCLA, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.
Softball Results at Howe Field
vs. Oregon (18-15, 0-6)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ECalifornia 0 0 1 2 0 0 4 7 8 0Oregon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
Win: Forest, Cal (17-7), C: ScottLoss: Kontra (5-7), Meashintubby (7), McMurren (7), C: PooreHome Runs: NoneAttendance: 270