California Defeats Oklahoma, 4-2, in Opening Round of WCWS
May 23, 2002
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Senior pitcher Jocelyn Forest struck out 14 Sooner batters to lift No. 5 California (53-19) to a 4-2 victory over Oklahoma (49-15) Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the 2002 Women's College World Series. The Golden Bears face Florida State, who upset UCLA in the first game, Thursday at 4 p.m. Cal, the No. 4 seed, won the first round game in the WCWS for the fourth time its seventh World Series appearance.
The Bears' first two runners of the third inning reached base on errors by OU's shortstop Katie Overton. Senior Candace Harper, who needs just nine more hits to tie Cal All-American catcher Gillian Boxx (274), singled up the middle to bring in Bayless. With runners on second and third, the Sooners walked junior Veronica Nelson, who holds both the NCAA single season and career record for base on balls, for the 100th time this year to load the bases.
Junior Courtney Scott, grounded into what looked like the second out of the inning, but OU second baseman Tiffany Weight threw the ball away, allowing Cal's second and third runs to score.
The Bears had just one hit in the three-run inning, but the Sooners helped Cal's cause with three errors.
With a 3-0 lead, senior pitcher Jocelyn Forest did her part on defense striking out two thirds of the batters she faced. The win gives Forest 100 career wins, the only pitcher next to Michele Granger to do so at Cal. It was the seventh time she's had 14 or more strikeouts. Forest walked just one batter and her only blemish on the day was a two-run shot in the sixth inning by Christina Enea.
The double-digit strike out performance was Forest's 18th of the season, which is the highest tally among Pac-10 pitchers.
Cal added another run in the fifth inning as Nelson walked and was moved over to third on freshman Jessica Pamanian's double to center. Freshman Chelsea Spencer nailed a single to right field, given second life on a dropped pop up in foul territory by the first baseman. Spencer made OU pay with her hit, bringing in Nelson for the insurance run.
With their 53rd win of the year, the Bears move within one game of tying the school record for victories.
Florida State (54-18), who defeated the Bruins, 2-1, in the first game, is a familiar opponent. The Bears defeated the Seminoles in dramatic fashion last year in the championship game of the NCAA Regional. Cal scored two runs in the bottom of the 10th inning on Kristen Morley's double to advance to the 2001 WCWS.
Cal is 3-1 against FSU in the NCAA Tournament, including a 1-0 record in the WCWS. The Bears defeated the Seminoles 3-0 in 1992 en route to a fifth place tie.
Softball Results at Don E. Porter Hall of Fame Stadium
Oklahoma City, OK
vs. Oklahoma (49-15)
Oklahoma 000 002 0 - 2 5 4California 003 010 0 - 4 6 0
Forest and Scott. Stewart and ScaglioneW - Forest (26-12). L - Stewart (22-7).Home Runs: Enea (OU)Attendance: 4,513
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