No. 5 California Sweeps No. 15 Oregon State in Doubleheader to Conclude Regular Season
May 11, 2002
BERKELEY - Fifth-ranked California swept No. 15 Oregon State in a Saturday afternoon doubleheader to conclude its regular season schedule. The Golden Bears (48-19, 12-9 Pac-10) defeated the Beavers (38-22, 7-14 Pac-10), 6-1 and 10-7, to finish the conference with a winning record for the first time since 1996.
In the first game, Cal scored one or more runs in all but the first and third innings. The Bears went out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning as freshman Kristen Bayless singled up the middle, scoring Jessica Pamanian from second.
Oregon State tied the game in the top of the third. Leading off the third inning, Steph Adams was hit by a pitch. Kelly Petersen laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Adams to second. Michelle Chariton then singled to left field to bring in Adams.
Cal scored a run in the fourth and two runs, each, in the fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth frame, senior Candace Harper reached on an error followed by a free pass to junior Veronica Nelson. Oregon State turned a double play as Cal junior Courtney Scott lined out to third baseman Shelly Prochaska, who gunned down pinch runner Roni Rodrigues at first.
Freshman Jessica Pamanian went 4-for-7 with three runs and three RBI.
The Bears managed to score however, as Pamanian singled up the middle, bringing across Harper. Pamanian, who advanced to second on the play, also scored as freshman Chelsea Spencer followed with a single to left.
In the home half of the sixth inning, Cal loaded the bases with no outs. Bayless was hit by a pitch, while both Kaleo Eldredge and Kristen Morley reached safely on infield singles. Harper, playing in her last home date of her career, hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Bayless. Prochaska snagged a laser hit by Nelson, but was unable to make a play on the next batter, Scott, committing an error, which scored Eldredge.
Senior Jocelyn Forest, pitching in her last home game, struck out six batters, while scattering four hits in collecting her 21st win of the season.
Senior Candace Harper went 3-for-7 with three runs and two RBI in her last home game.
In the late afternoon game, all of OSU's runs were unearned. Cal fell behind early, as the Beavers scored three quick runs in the first frame. The Bears didn't take long to answer back as Cal scored three of its own in the home half of the first.
In the bottom of the second, the Bears blew things open with five runs. Mikella Pedretti led off the inning with a walk. Bayless laid down a sacrifice bunt and Eldredge reached on a catcher's interference. After Morley's pop up, Harper singled to left to bring in Pedretti. Nelson kept the inning alive, hitting a hard grounder to short where OSU's Petersen mishandled the ball, allowing Eldredge to score all the way from second.
An inning that should have been over with Nelson's ground ball, the Bears made the Beavers pay for their mistake as the next batter, Scott, belted a shot over the left field fence, her third of the year, to put three more on the scoreboard.
OSU made a last ditched effort in the top of the seventh, scoring four runs. Steph Adams highlighted the rally attempt with a three-run homer, but freshman pitcher Cassie Bobrow, who was relieved in the first inning in favor of Jen Deering, came back in the contest to retire Traci Feldt and Dani Jodoin.
The 12-9 Pac-10 record gives Cal its best winning percentage (.571) since 1991 when the Bears went 14-6 (.700). NCAA Regional selections will be announced Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPNEWS. Log on to www.calbears.com shortly after 6 p.m. for further information.
Softball Results at Levine-Fricke Field
Oregon State (38-21, 7-14)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H EOregon State 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 2California 0 1 0 1 2 2 X 6 10 0
Win: Forest, Cal (21-12); C: ScottLoss: Hunter (12-6), Hoffman (4); C: FeldtHome Runs: None
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H EOregon State 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 7 6 2California 3 5 0 0 2 0 X 10 8 5
Win: Deering (1), Cal (13-3); C: ScottLoss: Draper (12-6), Hoffman (5); C: FeldtHome Runs: Cal, Scott (3)