Sixth-Ranked Bears Lose, 6-3, to No. 8 Washington
April 27, 2002
BERKELEY - No. 6 California (44-16, 8-6 Pac-10) lost to No. 8 Washington (39-14, 8-6 Pac-10), 6-3, Saturday afternoon at Levine-Fricke Field allowing the Huskies to move up to a third place tie with the Bears in the Pac-10 standings.
The game saw Cal commit five errors, including two in the first inning, which allowed UW to score three runs. The big inning also chased starting pitcher Jocelyn Forest out of the game after just a third of an inning. Freshman Cassie Bobrow came on in extended relief and gave up just one run on Kristen Rivera's solo homer to right center in the sixth inning.
The Bears did get two runs back in their half of the first inning. Although freshman Kaleo Eldredge led off the game with a single up the middle, she was caught stealing second base. Junior Kristen Morley then drew a walk to set up shop for senior Candace Harper.
With the wind blowing out to right field, Harper blasted her seventh homerun of the year into right, a two-run job, to narrow the Huskies lead to just 3-2.
With Cal poised to even things up, UW scored a run each, in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to put the contest out of reach. In the fourth inning, Becky Simpson scored from second on Rivera's double to left field. In the fifth inning, after retiring the first two batters, Bobrow gave up a quick single to Owen and a RBI double to Nicholson.
In the sixth, Rivera blasted the solo shot to extend the Huskies' lead to 6-2.
The Bears threatened in the bottom of the seventh as the first three batters - Morley, Harper and Veronica Nelson - reached base. With no outs and Courtney Scott up to bat, she hit a deep fly ball to bring in Morley from third base. Spencer also flied out, but Cal failed to tag up for another run. Jessica Pamanian grounded back to the pitcher to end the game.
Eldredge went 3-for-4 on the day, upping her team-leading hit total to 67. Harper went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer. Pamanian remained hot, going 2-for-3 on the day.
After losing its first home game of the year against No. 1 UCLA, Cal has now lost two straight games at Levine-Fricke Field. The Bears look to get back on the winning track as it hosts the Huskies for a Sunday matchup set for 1 p.m.
Softball Results at Levine-Fricke Field
vs. Washington (39-14, 7-6)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H EWashington 3 0 0 1 1 1 0 6 10 0California 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 7 5
Loss: Forest, Cal (19-10), Bobrow (1), Anderson (5) and ScottWin: Boek (16-2), Bollinger (7) and RiveraHome Runs: Harper (7)Attendance: 400