No. 8 California Completes Stunning Sweep of Arizona Schools, Defeating the Top-Ranked Wildcats, 2-1
April 21, 2002
BERKELEY - On the strength of senior Jocelyn Forest's one-hit, 15-strikeout performance, the No. 8 Golden Bears (42-14, 8-4 Pac-10), upset No. 1 Arizona (41-7, 8-3 Pac-10), 2-1, Sunday afternoon at Levine-Fricke Field, marking the first time California has swept the desert schools in a weekend series dating back to the inception of Pac-10 softball in 1987.
The Bears also handed Arizona back-to-back losses for the first time all season, while Cal remains undefeated, 7-0, at home.
For the third consecutive day, Cal struck first, as junior Courtney Scott came through in the clutch once again. Freshman Kaleo Eldredge drew a lead off walk to start the first inning and advanced to second on junior Kristen Morley's conference-leading 22nd sacrifice bunt of the year. Junior Veronica Nelson was intentionally walked for the sixth time this weekend, and Scott came through with a RBI single that dropped into left center.
The Wildcats were shut down for the first three innings. After Lovie Jung led off the game with a ground out to second, Forest proceeded to strikeout eight consecutive UA batters, spanning three frames. Jennie Finch evened things up for the Wildcats however, driving a liner over the centerfield fence for the equalizer.
Not to be out done, the Bears answered back in the bottom of the fifth as senior Candace Harper blasted a solo homer, her sixth of the year, over the left field wall for the game-winning run.
Forest pitched seven innings, walking just one and allowing just the solo shot to Finch in addition to her 15 k's, which marked her 15th double-digit strikeout performance of the season. Jenny Gladding fell to 16-5 on the season as she gave up nine walks and five hits, while striking out nine batters.
The resurgent Bears are now just a half game behind Arizona and UCLA for first place in the conference. Cal has an opportunity to stay in the hunt for the Pac-10 crown as No. 2 UCLA and No. 9 Washington come into town next week with one game against the Bruins, Friday and a two-game series with the Huskies, Saturday and Sunday.
Softball Results at Levine-Fricke Field
vs. Arizona (41-7, 8-3)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H EArizona 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0California 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 0
Win: Forest, Cal (19-8) and ScottLoss: Gladding, UA (16-5) and VandergeestHome Runs: Finch (13)Attendance: 365