Eighth-Ranked California Blanks San Jose State, 7-0
April 10, 2002
BERKELEY - No. 8 California won its third-consecutive game and posted its second straight shutout out of an opponent as Golden Bears (38-12, 4-2 Pac-10) defeated San Jose State (16-33, 4-8 WAC), 7-0, Wednesday afternoon at Levine-Fricke Field in a nonconference matchup.
Ignited by junior Veronica Nelson's fifth inning two-run blast that sailed well over the left field fence, the Bears also collected two runs in the first and three more in the third.
Freshman Kaleo Eldredge led off the game with a single to left field. Junior Kristen Morley bunted over Eldredge for her team-leading 18th sacrifice hit of the year. Senior Candace Harper then slapped an infield single to short and Nelson, who went 2-for-2 with four RBI today, singled in Eldredge. Harper scored when SJSU second baseman Tara Hall mishandled a throw to second trying to take out pinch runner Jessica Vernaglia, stealing.
In the third, Eldredge legged out a bunt to lead off the inning. Morley followed with an infield single of her own. Harper reached on an error as the pitcher booted a come-backer to load the bases. The Spartans walked Nelson, scoring Eldredge while Morley scored from third on Courtney Scott's ground out to the pitcher. Harper scored the fifth run of the game on freshman Chelsea Spencer's sacrifice fly to left.
Nelson's eighth homerun of the season came after Harper led off the fifth inning with a walk. The two-run shot was the 41st of her career. The 2001 first team All-American is currently on a six-game hitting streak and is batting .600 (9-for-15) with six RBI and a homerun in addition to a .800 SLG and a .700 OBP.
Junior pitcher Jen Deering threw a one-hitter and remains on a roll with her 11th victory of the season against just one loss. She pitched five innings, striking out nine batters, just one shy of her career-high, while walking none. She has won her last eight decisions. Freshman pitcher Kelly Anderson also saw action as she pitched the last two innings striking out two batters and walking one.
The Bears resume conference play when they travel to No. 10 Washington, Friday at 2 p.m., and swing down south to face No. 2 UCLA, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.
Softball Results at Levine-Fricke Field
vs. San Jose State (12-33, 4-8)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ESan Jose State 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3California 2 0 3 0 2 0 X 7 9 0
Win: Deering, Cal (11-1), Anderson (6) and ScottLoss: Forbes (12-15), Arde (6) and ReissHome Runs: Nelson (8)Attendance: 45