No. 3 Cal Takes Two in Season Debut
Jan. 31, 2003
The 2002 softball National Champions picked up where they left off, sweeping the competition in the 2003 season debut. No. 3 California (2-0) defeated San Jose State, 3-1, and Tennessee, 8-4, Friday afternoon at Levine-Fricke Field. Earlier in the day, the Spartans (1-1) edged the Lady Vols (0-2), 3-1, to collect their first victory of the season.
Freshman Haley Woods homered down the right field line in her first collegiate at bat to give the Golden Bears an early 1-0 lead against San Jose State in the bottom of the second inning. Woods led Cal, hitting 3-for-4 with one walk and 4 RBI for the day. Sophomore Kelly Anderson pitched four hitless innings before San Jose's Courtney Lewis singled up the middle to lead off the fifth inning. The Spartans scattered three hits throughout the game while Anderson struck out five batters.
Cal exploded in the bottom of the fifth inning as senior Kristen Morley led off with a single through the right side. Morley was at first temporarily before All-American Veronica Nelson hit her first home run of the season, clearing the left field fence with room to spare.
The Spartans threatened in the sixth inning, as Elisa Barrios and Becca Baldridge hit back-to-back singles to lead off. Tara Hall bunted the runners over, setting the scene for Veronica Ramos. Ramos grounded to Chelsea Spencer at shortstop, scoring Barrios. Anderson was able to put the next batter away to end the inning. Anderson shut down San Jose in the top of the seventh with three straight outs, receiving her first win of the year. Candice Akin received the loss.
In Cal's game versus Tennessee, Morley went 3-for-4 including two runs scored, hitting .667 (4-6, 2 BB) for the day. Senior Jen Deering collected the win, firing 6.1 innings, allowing only three hits and striking out nine batters.
The Bears scored their first two runs in the second, off of RBI singles by Kristen Bayless and Lindsay James. Woods extended Cal's lead in the third inning to 3-0 with a RBI sacrifice fly to center field. The Lady Vols fought back in the fourth, scoring two runs off of Blaine Teasley's home run to left center.
Cal added five insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth off of a string of hits. Tennessee responded with two runs in the top of the seventh off of freshman pitcher Kristina Thorson's two-out performance. Deering re-entered the game for the final out, leading Cal to a successful first outing. Stephanie Humphrey's collected the loss in the effort.
In the morning's game featuring San Jose and Tennessee, pitcher Carol Forbes helped herself out with a solo homer in the second to give the Spartans an early 1-0 lead. San Jose went on to win, 3-1. Stacey Jennings received the loss.
Cal returns to action tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 1 taking on Tennessee at 11:30 a.m. and San Jose State at 2 p.m.. The Lady Vols and the Spartans will compete at 9 a.m.
Softball Results at Levine-Fricke FieldBerkeley, CA
Game 1 Vs. San Jose State (1-1)
San Jose St. 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 1 3 0California 0 1 0 0 2 0 x - 3 8 1
Win: Anderson (1-0), C: Scott. Loss: Akin (0-1), C: DelgadoHome Runs: Cal, Nelson (1), Woods (1)
Game 2 Vs. Tennessee (0-2)
Tennessee 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 - 4 4 1California 0 2 1 0 5 0 x - 8 10 1Win: Deering (1-0), C: Woods. Loss: S. Humphrey (0-1).Home Runs: Tenn, Teasley (1)
San Jose St. (1-0) vs. Tennessee (0-1)
San Jose St. 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 - 3 7 0Tennessee 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 1 4 1
Win: Forbes (1-0), C: Delgado. Loss: Jennings (0-1), C: Durant/SandersHome Runs: SJSU, Forbes (1)