No. 6 Cal Falls To Top-Ranked Arizona, 7-5
April 12, 2003
The sixth-ranked California softball team rallied three runs in the top of the seventh inning against top-ranked Arizona, but it was not enough as the Wildcats edged the Golden Bears, 7-5, Saturday evening in front of 2,471 fans at Hillenbrand Stadium. Facing Arizona (38-4, 7-1) for the first time since the championship game of the 2002 World Series, the Bears (34-11, 4-4) are only the 16th team to score against UA this season, collecting the second-most runs the Wildcats have given up this year.
Center fielder Kaleo Eldredge legged out a triple down the right field line to lead off the second inning. After a ground out, Arizona's freshman pitcher Alicia Hollowell consecutively walked right fielder Jessica Pamanian and shortstop Chelsea Spencer to load the bases. Designated player Kristen Morley worked a 0-2 count to 3-2, driving a grounder back up the middle that ricocheted off Hollowell's glove to right field, scoring both Eldredge and Pamanian to give the Bears an early 2-0 lead.
Arizona responded in the bottom half of the inning with a run of its own off a Cal infield throwing error, scoring Crystal Farley, who reached base on a two-out double to left field.
The Bears tempted their scoring opportunity again in the third with the bases juiced off singles from left fielder Lindsay James, senior Veronica Nelson and Eldredge. Cal left the runners stranded as Pamanian crushed the pitch to deep left as left fielder Autumn Champion managed to get under it for the third out of the inning.
The Wildcats tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth in a dï¿½jï¿½ vu situation of their first run of the game - a Cal infield throwing error. Loading the bases off two hits, Arizona received the go-ahead run with a hits batter and four extra runs off Jackie Coburn's grand slam to right field, ending the inning with a 7-2 lead.
Led off by Spencer being hit by the pitch, Cal chipped away three runs in the seventh inning off catcher Courtney Scott's sacrifice fly to right field that scored Spencer, and Nelson's base hit to right field, bringing in Galindo that reached on a base hit bunt. Eldredge drilled a double to left center, scoring James who reached on a base hit to put the score at 7-5. With two outs, Hollowell hit Eryn Manahan to load the bases and Pamanian in the box with the bases juiced for the second time of the game. Once again, Hollowell won the match-up, catching Pamanian looking to end the game.
Freshman Kristina Thorson fell to 10-5 with the loss (3.2 innings, six hits, seven runs (one earned), three walks, three strikeouts). Sophomore Cassie Bobrow entered the circle in the fourth inning, allowing no hits, one walk and fanning five batters in 2.1 innings. Hollowell improved to 25-3 for the season (11 hits, five earned runs, two walks, five K's).
The Bears out-hit the Cats 11-6, leaving eight runners on base to six. Offensively, Cal had five players with multi-hit performances, including Eldredge a home run shy of hitting for the cycle (3-for-4, 2B, 3B, run, RBI), Galindo (2-for-4, run), James (2-for-4, run), Nelson (2-for-4, RBI) and Morley (2-for-3, 2 RBI). Morley has batted 6-11 in the last four games, including a 4-5 stint in last two games. This is only the 11th game this season Nelson did not receive a walk.
Today's game was televised live on digital cable on CSTV, channel 610. It will be broadcasted throughout the next three days. Next up, California takes on Arizona again tomorrow at 1 p.m.
Softball Results at Hillenbrand Memorial StadiumTucson, AZ
California 020 000 3 - 5 11 2Arizona 010 600 X - 7 6 0Thorson, Bobrow (4) and Scott. Hollowell and Vandergeest. W - Hollowell (25-3). L - Thorson (10-5).HR - Coburn, Ariz (12)
Records:Cal: 34-11; 4-4 Pac-10Arizona: 38-4, 7-1 Pac-10