No. 4 Softball Falls To No. 9 California, 1-0

April 26, 2003

SEATTLE. - The fourth-ranked Washington softball team (39-9-1, 6-7 Pac-10) dropped to the ninth-ranked California Bears (39-13, 8-6 Pac-10), 1-0, this afternoon in front of 1,091 fans at the Husky Softball Stadium.

The game unfolded as a pitcher's dual between UW's Tia Bollinger and Cal's Kristina Thorson through the fifth inning. Bollinger held the Bears hitless after a two-hit first inning, while Thorson allowed no hits.

California broke open the 0-0 tie in the top of the sixth inning behind two hits. The Bears loaded the bases with back-to-back singles by Lindsay James and Kaleo Eldredge and a walk to Courtney Scott to bring up Cal's top hitter Veronica Nelson. Bollinger worked her way out of the threat with a four pitch strikeout but could not fight off pinch hitter Mikella Pedretti who's ground out to third drove in the eventual game-winner.

Thorson took a no-hitter into the seventh inning when Jaime Clark reached base on a one-out single to the short stop. The next two batters fouled out to left field to end the game.

Bollinger (21-6) earns the tough loss as she scattered four hits and fanned six. Thorson (12-5) picks up the win as she held the Huskies to one hit and struck out six.

Washington and California will finish their three-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m.

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