No. 6 California Clips No. 8 Washington, 3-2
April 28, 2002
BERKELEY - An error-filled fourth inning decided the outcome of today's game between the sixth-ranked Golden Bears and No. 8 Washington. California (45-16, 9-6 Pac-10) scored three runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning to defeat the Huskies (39-15, 8-7 Pac-10), which scored two runs in the top of the frame.
Senior pitcher Jocelyn Forest dominated the game as she struck out a season-best 17 batters, just one strikeout short of matching her career-high. The 2001 All-American walked four batters and scattered four hits, but was not tabbed with the pair of runs scored by UW as a result of a Cal fielding error.
The Huskies' Amanda Oleson led off the fourth with a walk. After a Kathy Fiske foul out, Courtney Jeffries was hit by a pitch. Forest struck out Megan Owen, but UW pulled a double steal, advancing Oleson and Jeffries to third and second, respectively. Steph Nicholson then walked to load the bases.
Becky Simpson came to the plate and hit a high pop up to shallow right field. Junior Kristen Morley misplayed the ball as she saw freshman Jessica Pamanian also coming out to play the pop up. Both players failed to make a play, allowing two runs to scorer on the miscue.
But the Bears would get those runs back, and more, as they scored three in their half of the fourth inning. Morley walked to lead off the frame. Senior Candace Harper then reached on a fielder's choice while both runners advanced another base as a result of Husky shortstop Jaime Clark's errant throw to second. With first base empty and slugger Veronica Nelson up to bat, UW intentionally walked the junior All-American, bringing up junior Courtney Scott. Unfortunately, Scott hit a solid liner to center that was snagged by Rita Roach. Roach threw to Clark to double up Harper at second.
With two outs and the bases loaded, again, after a walk to Pamanian, Spencer reached on an error by third baseman Fiske. The play scored Morley from third, who was running on contact. Jessica Vernaglia, pinch running for Nelson, scored when the right fielder, backing up Fiske's throw to first, made an errant throw home. The throw resulted in a two-base error. The play scored two more runs, including the eventual game-winner as Pamanian crossed the plate.
Forest collected her conference-leading 16th double-digit strikeout performance of the year, along with her season-high strikeout total. The win also marked her fourth 20-win season - the only other Cal pitcher besides Michele Granger, to do so in the history of the program.
With the win, the Bears regain sole possession of third place in the conference standings at 9-6. The Huskies drop back into fourth place with a record of 8-7.
Cal prepares to travel to the Arizona schools next week with one game against No. 2 Arizona Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. and a two-game set with No. 5 Arizona State, Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Softball Results at Levine-Fricke Field
vs. Washington (39-15, 8-7)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H EWashington 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 4 3California 0 0 0 3 0 0 X 3 3 1
Loss: Forest, Cal (20-10) and ScottWin: Bollinger, UW (17-8) and RiveraHome Runs: NoneAttendance: 400