No. 8 Cal Wins NIST With 6-0 Blanking Past No. 23 Oregon
March 9, 2003
The eighth-ranked California softball team (19-6) was crowned the NIST Champions after a 6-0 blanking past No. 23 Oregon Sunday afternoon at the Twin Creeks Sports Complex. Sophomore pitcher Kelly Anderson was named to the all-tournament team, collecting a 0.00 ERA for the weekend with a 3-0 record in four appearances. The right-hander dominated her opponents' bats, allowing 7 singles, 0 runs, 7 BB's and an astounding 25 strikeouts.
Anderson improved her record to 9-3 with the win (3 hits, 1 BB, 5 K's) while Oregon's starter Amy Harris suffered the loss (2.2 inns., 3 hits, 1 run, 1 BB, 1 K).
The Golden Bears scored their first run of the game in the second inning of a RBI double to left center from sophomore Kaleo Eldredge.
Threatening again in the third with two Cal hits, the Ducks were forced to make a pitching change, sending Lindsey Kontra to the mound. Kontra would last 1.2 innings, allowing 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 BB and no strikeouts.
Cal chipped away four hits in the fifth, collecting two runs to stretch its lead to 3-0. Designated player Kristen Morley led off the inning with a single to the right side, advancing to second off a base hit bunt from freshman Lindsay James. Senior Courtney Scott loaded the bases with the third hit of the inning, setting the stage for first baseman Veronica Nelson. With no room to give a free pass to the NCAA walk record holder, the Ducks were forced to pitch to Nelson, who poked a single to left center, scoring both Morley and James. With the hit, Oregon made its third pitching change of the game, giving Anissa Meashintubby a shot on the mound against the Cal bats (2.2 inns., 5 hits, 3 runs, 2 BB's, 3 K's).
The Bears batted around the line-up in the seventh, adding three insurance runs off four hits. After consecutive hits by sophomore Vicky Galindo and James, Scott belted a single through the left side, scoring Galindo. The Ducks then walked Nelson to load the bases. With one out, sophomore Jessica Pamanian drove the ball back up the middle, brining in James from third. Eldredge took four balls with the bases juiced for her second RBI of the day, for the eventual final score of 6-0.
California cracked 13 hits to Oregon's three, leaving nine runners on base to the Ducks' three.
Offensively, the Bears were led by three-hit performances from James (3-for-4, 2 runs) and Scott (3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI). Nelson batted a perfect 1-for-1, tallying three more walks and two RBI's to her list.
Next up, Cal heads to Miami for the Blue and Gold Classic hosted by Florida International, Mar. 14-16.
Softball Results at Twin CreeksSunnyvale, CAGAME 1California 010 020 3 - 6 13 0Oregon 000 000 0 - 0 3 0Anderson and Scott. Harris, Kontra (3), Meashintubby (5) and Richards.W - Anderson (9-3). L - Harris (5-4).
Records:California: 19-6Oregon: 16-6
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