No. 6 Cal Blanks Pacific, 7-0, Drops to No. 20 Ohio State, 1-0
March 1, 2003
The No. 6 California softball team won its first game in the Worth Tournament Saturday evening, blanking Pacific, 7-0, after falling to No. 20 Ohio State, 1-0, earlier in the day. The Golden Bears (13-6) collected eight hits in their victory to the Tigers' three.
Anderson tossed 2.2 innings, giving up one hit and two walks before Kristina Thorson came in for relief, earning the win (4.1 inns., 2 hits, 8 K's). Cathie Hacker started on the mound for Pacific (7-9), lasting two outs (3 hits, 3 runs, 2 BB's) and taking the loss before Natalie King entered the game (5.1 inns., 5 hits, 4 runs, 4 BB's, 2 K's).
The Bears took an early lead in the first, scoring three runs off three hits and two walks. Vicky Galindo led off with a slap base hit, followed by Lindsay James beating out a grounder to the shortstop. Courtney Scott reached on a fielder's choice, forcing Galindo out at third on the play. Veronica Nelson smashed a ball to Pacific's shortstop that rolled between her legs, scoring James and Scott. With two outs, Jessica Pamanian cracked a line drive that was too much for the pitcher to handle, advancing Nelson to third. Hacker walked designated player Mikella Pedretti to load the bases, then tossed four balls to sophomore Chelsea Spencer, walking in the third run of the game.
Nelson ripped a two RBI line drive single in the second inning to the left center gap, increasing Cal's lead to 5-0.Pacific threatened in the third, loading the bases off two walks and a single before Thorson came in for relief with two outs, striking out Barbara Moody to retire the side.
Cal added two insurance runs in the fourth off an RBI single from Scott and a throwing error by Pacific's catcher.
The Bears received two-hit performances from Galindo (2-for-3, 2 runs), James (2-for-2, 2 runs) and Scott (2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI).
In the first game of the day Kristine Himes hit an eventual game-winning solo home run in the fourth inning clearing the left field wall as the No. 20 Ohio State Buckeyes edged California, 1-0,
Thorson tossed the loss (2-2), giving up three hits and one walk, with one strikeout. Ohio State's Katie Chain improved her record to 2-2, allowing five hits and two walks while collecting six strikeouts.
Cal's best scoring opportunity came in the third as they loaded the bases with one out off back-to-back singles from Galindo and James and a walk to Scott. Chain was able to make Nelson hit a grounder to the third baseman as they turned the double play to end the inning and get out of the jam.
Galindo batted 2-for-3 for the Bears including a triple in the fifth. Rogeanna Hottinger led Ohio State with two hits in two trips to the plate. Cal left six runners on base to the Buckeye's three.
California wraps up the Worth Tournament tomorrow at 10 a.m. facing Minnesota at the Titan Softball Complex.
Softball Results at Titan Softball ComplexFullerton, CAGAME 1California (12-6) 000 000 0 - 0 5 0Ohio State (6-6) 000 100 X - 1 3 0Thorson and Scott. Chain and Himba.W - Chain (2-2). L - Thorson (2-2).HR - Himes, OSU.
GAME 2Pacific (7-9) 000 000 0 - 0 3 2California (13-6) 320 200 X - 7 8 0Hacker, King (1) and D'Errico. Anderson and Thorson (3) and Scott.W - Thorson (3-2). L - Hacker.
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