No. 8 Cal Collects Sixth Conference Win, Defeating No. 6 Arizona State, 3-2
April 19, 2002
BERKELEY - No. 8 California (40-14, 6-4 Pac-10) matched its conference win total from 2001 after just 10 league games, in a 3-2 win over No. 6 Arizona State (35-11, 5-4 Pac-10) Friday afternoon at Levine-Fricke Field. The win was also the Golden Bears' 40th of the season.
Cal started off things early, in the bottom half of the first inning. Freshman Kaleo Eldredge reached on an error by Missy Hixon and was moved to second on junior Kristen Morley's team and conference-leading 20th sacrifice bunt of the season. Senior Candace Harper then doubled to left center to give the Bears a 1-0 lead.
In the second inning, the Sun Devils surrendered two runs on three fielding errors. Freshman Jessica Vernaglia led off with a bouncer to the pitcher, but Erica Beach threw the ball wide to first allowing Vernaglia to reach safely. After a Kristen Bayless sacrifice bunt that moved Vernaglia to second, Eldredge singled to right and advanced to second on a wild throw to first by right fielder Kirsten Voak, bringing home Vernaglia from second.
The third and final run came on an awkward play, as Morley laid down a bunt single. She got caught in a pickle trying to attempt second base, but advanced as Hixon dropped the ball on an exchange for her second miscue of the contest. Morley reached second, while Eldredge rounded third to scored in the meantime.
ASU charged back in the top of the fourth as Kara Brun smashed a solo homer, her team-leading seventh of the year, over the centerfield fence. With two outs, Beach drew a walk and Nichole Thompson hit a RBI double to left center to bring in pinch runner Amber Turner.
Junior Jen Deering collected her 12 win of the season and has won the last 10 of her 11 decisions. She went four innings, striking out four, walking three, while scattering two hits. Freshman Kelly Anderson came on in the fifth and pitched three shutout innings. She fell into a bases loaded jam with two outs in the sixth inning, but struck out Adriana Garcia to come out unscathed. Anderson struck out two, giving up three hits.
The win was Cal's sixth win over a ranked opponent. The Bears now brace for top-ranked Arizona as the Wildcats come in for a two-game set, starting tomorrow at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Softball Results at Levine-Fricke Field
vs. Arizona State (35-11, 5-4)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H EArizona State 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 5 4California 1 2 0 0 0 0 X 3 6 0
Win: Deering, Cal (12-2), Anderson (5) and ScottLoss: Beach, ASU (22-8) and GarciaHome Runs: Brun (7)Attendance: 115