No. 7 Cal Advances to Championship Game of Blue & Gold Classic
March 15, 2003
Sophomore hurler Kelly Anderson tossed her second no-hitter of the season Saturday afternoon in a 5-1 victory against host Florida International, advancing the seventh-ranked California softball team to the Championship Game of the Blue and Gold Classic. The Golden Bears (23-6) defeated No. 24 Massachusetts 6-4 in the first game of the day, highlighted by senior Courtney Scott's second home run of the year.
Anderson is only the 13th pitcher in Cal history to collect two or more no-hitters in one season. Her first of the year was against then-No. 24 Minnesota March 2, in a 7-0 win. The last time this feat was accomplished was in 2001 by 2002 World Series MVP Jocelyn Forest where she notched a no-hitter against UC Riverside (1-0) and a perfect game versus Harvard (8-0, 5 innings). Anderson improved her record to 10-3 on the season this afternoon, allowing three walks with one unearned run, while the Golden Panthers' Kendra Laminack took the loss (3.0 innings, 3 hits, 3 runs, 1 BB, 0 K).
FIU claimed an early 1-0 lead capitalizing off a walk and a Cal throwing error in the first, but the Bears quickly reclaimed the lead, scoring three runs in the top of the second. With two outs and runners at second and third from an error and a walk, junior Eryn Manahan roped a double to the right-center gap, scoring both runners. Sophomore Vicky Galindo's infield RBI base hit notched the score at 3-1 before the inning was over.
The Bears assembled four hits in the fourth, extending their lead to 5-1 off an error and a RBI single by Galindo. Cal out-hit FIU 7 to 1, led by Galindo and Manahan's 2-for-3 performance.
Right-hander Kristina Thorson collected the win against UMass, improving her record to 7-2 for the season after relieving Anderson (5 hits, 4 runs, 1 BB, 1 K) in the third inning. Thorson's impressive no-hit pitching performance consisted of 44 pitches in 4.2 innings (14 batters faced), 35 of which were strikes. Kaila Holtz fell to 4-5 from the circle for Massachusetts (9-8), allowing eight hits, six runs (two earned), three walks and one strikeout.
Scott connected with the sweet spot of her bat in the first inning, blasting her second home run of the season over the right-center wall, scoring left fielder Lindsay James who reached base on a fielder's choice.
The Minutewomen produced four quick runs in the third inning to gain a 3-1 lead on the Bears. Aisha Franke drove in the first run off a double to left center. Anderson gave up a second double, this time to right field by Brandi Cross, scoring two runs. After Thorson entered the circle with runners on the corners, UMass successfully pulled off a double steal as the runner on third crossed the plate before shortstop Chelsea Spencer could tag the runner coming to second base from the throw down from Scott for the third out of the inning.
Leading off the third with back-to-back singles from James and Scott, Cal narrowed the Minutewomen's lead to 4-3 off a fielding error by the center fielder on Scott's single up the middle.
Cal put the game away in the fifth, scoring its first of three runs off a throwing error by Cahalan. Kaleo Eldredge roped a two RBI single that landed on the left field chalk line, but was stranded on second base to end the inning.
The defending National Champions look for their second consecutive tournament title of 2003 after being crowned the NIST champs last weekend, taking on the winner of today's contest between UMass and FIU tomorrow at either 11 a.m. or 1 p.m.
Softball Results at University ParkMiami, FLGAME 1Massachusetts (9-8) 004 000 0 - 4 6 3California (22-6) 201 030 X - 6 8 1Holtz and Cahalan. Anderson, Thorson (3) and Scott.W - Thorson (7-2). L - Holtz (4-5).HR - Scott, Cal (2)
GAME 2Fla. International (15-19) 100 000 0 - 1 0 2California (23-6) 030 200 X - 5 7 1Laminack, Barrett (4) and Stapf. Anderson and Scott.W - Anderson (10-3). L - Laminack (3-7).