No. 6 Cal Loses Heartbreaker to No. 12 Arizona State, 1-0
April 11, 2003
No. 12 Arizona State walked in the eventual game-winning run in the fourth inning to edge No. 6 California, 1-0, in Pac-10 action Friday evening at Farrington Stadium. Unable to come up with timely hits, the Golden Bears (34-10, 4-3) had the bases loaded twice, leaving a total of 10 runners on base to the Sun Devils' six (27-12, 4-3).
With one out, ASU loaded the bases in the fourth with a walk, fielding error and a base hit. Cal shortstop Chelsea Spencer cut off a grounder heading through the left side to throw out the runner at home for the second out of the inning. Next up, pinch hitter Keri Pulcifer drew four balls to walk home the first and last run of the game.
The Bears' first scoring opportunity came in the third, loading the bases with two outs after designated player Kristen Morley was hit by the pitch, a single from third baseman Vicky Galindo and catcher Courtney Scott reaching on a fielding error by ASU's shortstop. For only the fourth time this season, first baseman Veronica Nelson entered the box with the bases loaded, but was unable to bring in a run as she grounded out to the second baseman to end the inning.
Cal rallied in the seventh, led off by back-to-back singles from Spencer and Morley. With two outs, ASU intentionally walked Scott, sending senior Mikella Pedretti to the plate with the bases loaded. Drawing a 2-2 count, Pedretti sharply hit the pitch to the second baseman to end the game.
Sophomore Kelly Anderson suffered the loss (14-5), allowing four hits, one unearned run, four walks and fanning two batters. Ashley Werschky received the win (7-3) tossing 4.0 innings, allowing three hits, one walk and three strikeouts. Desiree Serrano collected her sixth save of the season, firing 3.0 innings (four hits, two walks, three strikeouts).
California out-hit ASU, 7 to 4, including two base-hit bunts. Center fielder Kaleo Eldredge (2-for-3) and Morley (2-for-2, HBP) led the offensive attack for the Bears while the Sun Devils' four hits were scattered throughout the line-up.
Next up, Cal squares off against No. 1 Arizona, tomorrow at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on CSTV.
Softball Results at Farrington StadiumPhoenix, AZ
California 000 000 0 - 0 7 2Arizona State 000 100 X - 1 4 1Anderson and Scott. Werschky, Serrano (5) and Garcia.W - Werschky (7-3). L - Anderson (14-5). S - Serrano (6)
Records:Cal: 34-10, 4-3ASU: 27-12, 4-3