No. 3 Cal Falls to No. 4 Nebraska, 6-1
Feb. 15, 2003
No. 4 Nebraska scored five runs in the fifth inning to edge No. 3 California, 6-1, Saturday afternoon in day two of the UNLV Tournament. The Golden Bears fall to 9-1 for the season as the Huskers remain undefeated, 8-0.
Peaches James (5-0) collected the win for Nebraska with four hits, one walk and five strikeouts. James pitched 3.2 innings without giving up a hit before Cal's Eryn Manahan broke up the no-hitter with a single up the middle.
Sophomore Kelly Anderson took her first loss of the season (5-1) allowing eight hits, five runs, three walks and striking out five in 4.2 innings. Sophomore Cassie Bobrow came in for relief in the fifth, tossing 1.1 innings (two hits, one run, one strikeout) before freshman Kristina Thorson headed to the mound in the seventh to finish the game, striking out two of the three batters faced.
The Huskers threatened in the fourth after Anderson struck out Amanda Buchholz and gave up a base hit to Nicole Trimboli. Catcher Courtney Scott then caught Buchholz stealing to clear the bases. With two outs, Anderson walked the next two batters, but retired the side after striking out James.
Nebraska took the lead in the fifth, batting around the line-up and collecting five runs off six hits. Lisa Wangler drove in Jessica Yoachim for the first run of the game, followed by a single to left field from Buchholz. Amber Burgess drove in two runs to increase Nebraska's lead to 4-0. The Huskers collected one more run before Bobrow struck out Yoachim for the third out.
The Bears responded in the bottom of the fifth with one run, led off by Scott's double down the left field line. Kaleo Eldredge singled to left field, scoring pinch runner Jessica Vernaglia to ruin the shutout, putting the score at 5-1.
With two outs in the sixth, Nebraska's Lisa Wangler hit her fifth home run of the season for the eventual final score of 6-1.
Wangler and Buchholz led the Huskers attack with a 2-for-4 performance while four Cal individuals collect one hit apiece (Manahan, Haley Woods, Scott, Eldredge).
The Huskers lead the all-time series against Cal, 8-13, including a 4-3 eight-inning victory in 2002.
Up next, Cal faces Portland State at 4:30 p.m. at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park in Henderson, NV. The Bears wrap up the three-day, 16-team tournament tomorrow at 2 p.m. versus Hawaii.
Softball Results at Stephanie Lynn Craig ParkHenderson, NV
GAME 1Nebraska 000 051 0 - 6 10 0California 000 010 0 -1 4 0James and Burgess. Anderson, Bobrow (5), Thorson (7) and Scott.W - James (5-0). L - Anderson (5-1).HR - Wangler, NU (5).
Records:No. 4 Nebraska: 8-0No. 3 California: 9-1