No. 6 Cal Defeats Eastern Kentucky, 9-0, Utah State, 5-1
March 21, 2003
The No. 6 California softball team mercy-ruled Eastern Kentucky, 9-0, and edged Utah State, 5-1, in day two of the Sacramento Capital Classic Friday afternoon. With the win, the Golden Bears improve to 26-6 for the season and enter Saturday's games riding a 14-game winning streak.
In the first game of the day versus Eastern Kentucky, leadoff batter Vicky Galindo started the game with a double to right center, followed by a base hit by freshman Lindsay James. After an intentional walk to senior Veronica Nelson, center fielder Kaleo Eldredge stung a ball through the right side of the infield, scoring both Galindo and James for an early 2-0 lead.
The Bears put the game away in the fourth, once again led off by back-to-back singles from Galindo and James. Senior Courtney Scott drove in Galindo off a single to left field, followed by Nelson's second of three walks for the game. With the bases juiced, Cal collected runs from a sacrifice fly from Eldredge, a single to right field by Jessica Pamanian and a base hit to left field from Manahan.
With the win, Kelly Anderson improved her record to 11-3 for the season after tossing three complete innings, allowing just one hit, no walks with three strikeouts. Sophomore Cassie Bobrow entered the circle in the fourth, scattering two hits and no walks. Jonelle Csora fell to 6-3 from the rubber, with eight earned runs, 12 hits, three walks and whiffing three.
California out-hit the Colonels 12 to 3, leaving seven runners on base to four.
Against Utah State, Cal tallied 11 hits to 3, leaving 12 runners on base to the Aggies' one.
For the seventh time this season, Veronica Nelson smashed the ball over the fence, this time it was a solid live drive to left field that took less than a second to clear the ballpark, providing Cal a 1-0 edge in the second.
The Bears rallied for an insurance run in the fifth, loading the bases off consecutive walks to Scott, Nelson and Eldredge. Utah State's third baseman made an excellent play off a sharply hit grounder by Chelsea Spencer, forcing the runner out at home. Jessica Pamanian followed it up with a two-out RBI single, scoring pinch runner Linzi Wescott.
Amanda Carlson broke up the perfect game to lead off the fifth inning with a double to left center, later advancing to third off a bunt single. With one out, Sara Fleming hit a sacrifice fly to center, putting the Aggies on the board and narrowing Cal's lead to 2-1.
Cal exploded in the seventh with three runs of a RBI single to left from Pamanian and a two RBI double by Manahan.
After a dominating performance from the mound from freshman Kristina Thorson that included 10 strikeouts, the righty picked up the win, improving to 8-2 for the season (3 hits, 1 earned run, 0 BB) as the Aggies' starter Carli Baumgartner took the loss falling to 0-8 for the year (10 hits, 5 earned runs, 5 BBs, 1 K).
Looking to continue its 14-game winning streak, Cal squares off against UNLV and Iowa at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. respectively in day three of the 11-team Classic.
Softball Results at Sacramento Softball ComplexSacramento, CAGAME 1California (25-6) 202 41 - 9 12 2Eastern Kentucky (11-5) 000 00 - 0 3 1Anderson, Bobrow (4) and Scott. Csora and Hartnett.W - Anderson (11-3). L - Csora (6-3).
GAME 2California 010 010 3 - 5 11 0Utah State 000 010 0 - 1 3 2Thorson and Scott. Baumgartner, Higley (7) and Carlson.W - Thorson (8-2). L - Baumgartner (0-8).HR- Nelson, Cal, (7)