Jocelyn Forest Propels No. 8 California to 4-1 Victory Over No. 10 Huskies
April 12, 2002
SEATTLE, Wash. - Senior All-American Jocelyn Forest was just one hit away from her fourth career no-hitter when Washington slugger Jaime Clark blasted a solo homer with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to ruin the no-hitter and Forest's shutout bid. California (39-12, 5-2 Pac-10) held on to defeat the Huskies (32-13, 1-5 Pac-10), 4-1, Friday afternoon at Husky Softball Stadium.
Junior Veronica Nelson remained hot, hitting her ninth rounder-tripper of the year in the fifth inning, a two-run job, which proved to the game-winning play.
The Bears took the lead when UW shortstop Clark misjudged a ground ball, allowing freshman Kaleo Eldredge to reach base to start the top of the fourth. Eldredge got into scoring position, nabbing her team-leading ninth steal of the season. Junior Kristen Morley followed with a walk, then senior Candace Harper came up to slap a single to right to load the bases for junior Veronica Nelson.
Unfortunately, Nelson struck out, just her seventh time this season, to bring up Cal's leading batter Courtney Scott. The junior catcher hit a fielder's choice ground ball to second, allowing Eldredge to score.
Nelson redeemed herself in her next at-bat, taking one over the left field fence. The Oakland native is on a seven-game hitting streak and is batting .588 (10-for-17) during that span. In her last 10 games, the All-American has posted a .522 average (12-for-23) with one homerun, seven RBI and 10 walks.
Forest's 18th win of the season tied her for second place all-time on Cal's win list with 92, matching Leslie Partch's (1979-82). Her 14 strikeouts on the afternoon give Forest, a conference-best, 13 double-digit strikeout performances on the year.
The Golden Bears brace for No. 2 UCLA in a two-game set Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, at Easton Stadium.
Softball Results at Husky Softball Stadium
vs. Washington (32-13, 1-5)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ECalifornia 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 4 5 0Washington 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2
Win: Forest, Cal (18-7) and ScottLoss: Bollinger (14-7), Scott (4), Boek (5) and RiveraHome Runs: Nelson (9)Attendance: 439