No. 3 Cal Dominates Tennessee (11-1), San Jose (9-0)
Feb. 1, 2003
The third-ranked California softball team (4-0) outscored its opponents 20-1 Saturday afternoon at Levine-Fricke field, collecting wins against Tennessee, 11-1, and San Jose, 9-0. In the morning's game, the Lady Vols collected their first win of the season, defeating the Spartans, 5-3.
Against Tennessee, sophomore Kelly Anderson (2-0) tossed a three-hitter, shutting down 12 consecutive batters before Tennessee's Kristi Durant hit a line drive to left field to break up the perfect game. The Lady Vols' three hits and one run in the bottom of the fifth was not enough as the game was called via the eight run mercy rule. Anderson struck out nine in the victory.
The Golden Bears jumped to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning scoring off three hits. Sophomore transfer Vicky Galindo led off with a walk, advancing to second off Kristen Morley's bunt single. Senior Veronica Nelson, who set the NCAA single season walk record in 2002 with 108, hit a bullet to right field, scoring Galindo. Catcher Courtney Scott grounded out to shortstop, bringing in Morley and increasing the lead to 2-0. After freshman Haley Woods grounded out to the pitcher, advancing pinch runner Linzi Wescott to third, sophomore Chelsea Spencer singled up the middle, scoring Wescott.
Cal added two runs to the scoreboard in the third, scoring off a throwing error by Tennessee. The defending National Champions were on fire, carrying the hits over into the fourth inning, knocking in four runs off three hits and two errors. With the bases loaded, Scott received four straight balls, walking in the fifth run of the game. Sophomore Jessica Pamanian followed that up with a single to left field, scoring two RBI. The Bears collected two more runs in the fifth.
Galindo went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and one walk, James gave a 2-for-3 performance, scoring two runs, and Nelson batted 1-for-1 with three walks, one RBI and one run scored.
Against San Jose State, California tested its bats once again, collecting its 15th consecutive victory - its fourth for 2003 - defeating the Spartans, 9-0, in five innings. Senior pitcher Jen Deering (2-0) threw four complete innings, allowing only one hit, one walk and striking out three. Freshman Chanel Tripp made her collegiate pitching debut in the fifth, striking out one batter and allowing one hit and one walk.
Offensively, the Bears were unstoppable. The team combined for 11 hits, highlighted by Woods' 2-for-3 performance with one run scored and Pamanian's 2-for-3 outing with two runs scored and two RBI.
In the second inning, Cal's bats collected five runs off five hits and two errors. Woods led off the inning with a single up the middle, Jessica Vernaglia came in to pinch run, advancing to second on a passed ball. Spencer reached first on a bobbled bunt. With runners on the corners, Pamanian singled to second, scoring Vernaglia. Junior Eryn Manahan reached on an error by the shortstop, followed by Wescott's RBI single through the left side. Galindo continued the attack, with a RBI shot up the middle. James fired a line drive caught by the first baseman, bringing up Nelson. Nelson placed a 1-0 count down the left side chalk, scoring Wescott and Manahan.
The Bears tallied four insurance runs in the fifth, off five hits, including RBI singles by Spencer and Manahan. In the bottom of the fifth, San Jose had runners at first and second with one out, but Tripp shut down the next two batters.
Throughout the weekend, California outscored its opponents, 31-6, with 38 hits to opponents' 12. The Bears return to action Saturday, Feb. 8 hosting Pacific at 1 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9 versus St. Mary's in a doubleheader that begins at 1 p.m. Cal then hits the road for six straight weeks.
SOFTBALL RESULTS AT LEVINE-FRICKE FIELDBERKELEY, CA
Game 1: Cal vs. TennCalifornia 3 0 2 4 2 - 11 9 0Tennessee 0 0 0 0 1 - 1 3 4Win: Anderson (2-0). Loss: Jennings (1-2).
Game 2: Cal vs. SJSUCalifornia 0 5 0 0 4 - 9 11 0SJSU 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 2 2Win: Deering (2-0). Loss: Forbes (1-1).
SJSU vs. TennTennessee 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 - 5 8 1SJSU 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 - 3 7 0Win: Jennings (1-1). Loss: McCollister (0-1). Save: S. Humphrey (1)Home Runs: Fishback (1), Rinehart (1)