No. 3 Cal Blanks No. 21 Pacific, 4-0
Feb. 8, 2003
For the first time since 1996, the third-ranked California softball team defeated No. 21 Pacific, 4-0, Saturday afternoon at Levine-Fricke Field. With the win, the Golden Bears remain undefeated, 5-0, extending its winning streak to 16 consecutive games, while the Tigers fall to 3-2 for the season.
Cal's bats came alive in the bottom of the sixth, scoring four runs off six hits and one error to sweep the game from Pacific.
Sophomore Kelly Anderson (3-0) collected the win, striking out six batters, allowing three hits and walking four. Sophomore Natalie King (1-1) took the loss for the Tigers, pitching five innings, walking eight and giving up four hits.
On the mound, Anderson tossed her way out of a first inning bind - after giving up a single and walking two consecutive batters to load the bases, Anderson caught Pacific's Crystal Presson looking to retire the side. Anderson would not give up another hit until the third inning.
The Bears threatened in the bottom of the first, loading the bases off of three walks, but were unable to produce a run. Throughout the game, Cal left 11 runners on base to Pacific's eight.
The next four innings went by quickly, credited to excellent pitching and outstanding defense by Cal's third baseman Vicky Galindo.
Junior Eryn Manahan led off the bottom of the sixth with a single to right field. Sophomore Chelsea Spencer laid down a perfect bunt in front of the catcher, who waited for the spin to take the ball foul, but the it stopped rolling along the third base line. With two runners on, left fielder Jessica Pamanian dropped down another bunt, reaching on a fielding error by Pacific's second baseman, scoring Manahan. Galindo capitalized on the situation knocking a triple to left center, her first extra base hit of the season, bringing in Spencer and Pamanian, and extending Cal's lead to 3-0.
The Tigers made a pitching change, bringing in junior Jennifer Dacre with one runner on. With one out, senior Kristen Morley singled up the middle, scoring Galindo. After the Tigers took the bat away from senior Veronica Nelson the previous three at bats with walks, Nelson reassured Pacific as to why they should have done it a fourth. Nelson cranked a shot to right field, hitting the wall on a straight shot. Morley was sent home, but was thrown out at the plate by a relay from the right fielder to the second baseman to the catcher. Pacific's defense managed to get two more outs before another run scored, but not before catcher Courtney Scott singled up the middle.
The Bears return to action tomorrow, February 9, hosting Saint Mary's in a doubleheader, beginning at 1 p.m. at Levine-Fricke Field.
Softball Results at Levine-Fricke FieldBerkeley, CA
Pacific 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 3 1California 0 0 0 0 0 4 x -4 7 1
Records:Pacific: 3-2Cal: 5-0