Pamanian's Grand Slam Lifts No. 6 Cal Past No. 24 Minnesota, 7-0
March 2, 2003
Sophomore Jessica Pamanian's grand slam in the third inning helped lead the sixth-ranked California softball team past No. 24 Minnesota Sunday morning, 7-0, in the final day of the Worth Softball Invitational. With the win, the Golden Bears improve to 14-6 for the season, 2-3 at the Worth Tournament, as the Golden Gophers fall to 10-4-1 for the year.
Sophomore Kelly Anderson tossed her first career complete game no-hitter (6-3), striking out eight while walking three in the dominating performance. The shutout is her third of the season. Minnesota combined three hurlers to go up against Cal bats, as junior Piper Marten took the loss (5-2), tossing 3.0 innings (6 hits, 7 runs, 2 BB, 1 K) before Angie Recknor entered the game, lasting only three outs (1 hit, 1 BB). Lyn Peyer closed the game out for the Golden Gophers, striking out one and allowing no hits in her three-inning debut.
To start off the third inning, Vicky Galindo and Lindsay James ripped back-to-back base hits up the middle. With one out, Marten walked Veronica Nelson to load the bases, her 34th free pass of the season. Eryn Manahan grounded into a fielder's choice, scoring James and setting the table for Pamanian. The right fielder went deep for the first time this season over the left field wall, staying right of the foul pole by only a few feet, increasing Cal's lead to 5-0 for her second career grand slam.
Cal notched two more runs in the fourth off three hits. Courtney Scott put the sixth run on the scoreboard, hitting a sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring Linzi Wescott, followed by Manahan's single through the left side, brining in Galindo for the final run of the game.
Defensively, the two teams stepped up for the remainder of the game. With the exception of one walk to Minnesota, the line-ups went three-up, three-down courteously of errorless play by both teams.
Offensively, Cal was led by two-hit performances from Pamanian (2-for-4, 4 RBI, 1 run) and Galindo (2-for-4, 1 run). Nelson, who set the NCAA walk record in 2002 with 108, banked three additional walks in the game.
Next up Cal travels to the three-day NIST Tournament hosted by San Jose State. The Bears take on Minnesota and Sacramento State Friday, Mar. 7 with bracket play the following two days.
Softball Results at Titan Softball ComplexFullerton, CAGAME 1California 005 200 0 - 7 7 0Minnesota 000 000 0 - 0 0 1Anderson and Scott. Marten and Thul. W - Anderson (6-3). L - Marten (5-2).HR - Pamanian, Cal (1)
Records:California: 14-6Minnesota: 10-4-1