California Faces Off Against Conference Foe Arizona State in WCWS Final Four
May 26, 2002
Who: California (54-19) vs. Arizona State (46-19)
When: May 26, 10 a.m. (PST)
Where: ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, Oklahoma City, OK
Television: espn2 (Live)
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Bears Tie School Record for Most Wins: Cal's win over Florida State, Friday gave the Golden Bears their 54th win of the season for just the second time in school history. Last year's squad went 54-18 on their way to a fifth-place tie in the Women's College World Series. It also marks only the third time that a Cal team has won 50 or more games. In the last four years, the Bears have won 208 games - the most in a four-year span in the history of the program.
Forest Strikes Out Single-Season Career-High: Jocelyn Forest broke her single-season personal-high in strikeouts when she K'ed seven Seminoles, Friday. In 2001, the Santa Maria Native tallied 364 strikeouts. She now sits at 367 for the season and 1191 in four years. Forest totaled 226 as a freshman, 234 as a sophomore and 364 her junior year.
Sharp Shooting Forest: Onlookers might assume that senior pitcher Jocelyn Forest's overpowering rise ball is the lone reason for her success in the circle this season, but its also her accuracy and ability to keep additional runners off base with walks. During the current nine-game winning streak - of which Forest has appeared in seven - she has walked one batter or less in five games. Throughout the season, Forest has kept runners off, walking one or less batter in 28 of 43 appearances. The most free passes she has given up this season is four.
Intentional Walks, Alone, Allow Nelson to Lead Squad in Base on Balls: Junior Veronica Nelson was walked for the 103rd time this year against FSU, Friday. One of her walks against the Seminoles was an intentional walk, her 35th of the season. The NCAA career and single season walk leader's intentional walks, alone, eclipse any other teammate's walk total in 2002. Junior Courtney Scott is the closest with 32 base on balls.
A Peak at the Sun Devils: Arizona State enters the semifinal game after an upset of top-ranked and No. 1 seed UCLA. ASU advanced to the second game of the WCWS after defeating No. 6 Michigan. The Sun Devils lost to Arizona in the second round, 3-2. In the losers bracket, ASU's upset of the Bruins eliminated UCLA from the tournament. During the Pac-10 season, the Sun Devil took two of three from Cal - winning 2-1 and 8-4 in Tempe, while losing 3-2 in Berkeley. Cal does, however, lead the all-time series 42-27, including a 4-3 in the postseason. The Bears faced ASU just once in the WCWS in 1999, defeating the Sun Devils 2-0.
2002 Pac-10 Standings (Final)
Team Conf. Record1. UCLA 18-32. Arizona 15-63. Washington 13-84. California 12-95. Arizona state 10-11T6. Stanford 7-14T6. Oregon State 7-148. Oregon 2-19
Harper Update: Senior Candace Harper is just eight hits shy of Cal All-American and 1996 Olympian Gillian Boxx (274). Although it would take a Herculean effort by Harper to overtake Boxx in the last few games of her career, she is narrowing the gap. Harper is hitting .400 (2-for-5) in two games in the WCWS. Harper's 266 hits are second all-time at Cal. The Stockton native, who has played in all but one of her collegiate games, is also first all-time in career games (291), at-bats (868), doubles (49) and total bases (387). In all, Harper is among the top five in eight of 10 career offensive categories.
Three Dot Data: The Bears are 21-10 when involved in shutouts ... Forest has a 2-3 career record vs. the Sun Devils.