No. 9 Cal Crushes No. 16 ASU, 10-1
May 3, 2003
BERKELEY - Senior Courtney Scott belted two home runs and drove in a career-high six runs as the No. 9 California softball team defeated No. 16 Arizona State, 10-1 in five innings, Saturday afternoon at Levine-Fricke Field.
With the win, Cal improves to 40-14 overall and 9-7 in Pac-10 play. Arizona State falls to 29-12 and 6-11.
The Golden Bears scored at least three runs in three of the four innings in which they batted. Vicky Galindo started the game off with a walk and advanced to second on a hard hit single up the middle by Lindsay James. Scott followed with a blast off a 2-2 pitch that cleared the left centerfield fence. Veronica Nelson added a single to right field and was replaced by pinch runner LeAnna Hoglen. With two outs, Kristen Morley sliced one down the left field line sending Hoglen to third. And that was it for ASU pitcher Desiree Serrano who was pulled after 2/3 of an inning. She faced just seven batters, allowing four hits and three runs.
Scott led off the third inning with a double to left which was followed by Nelson's 34th intentional walk of the season. Jessica Pamanian's sacrifice bunt set up the Sun Devils' demise as they committed two throwing errors on the play, allowing both Scott and Nelson to score. Chelsea Spencer's single to right field brought Pamanian home for the third run of the inning.
The fourth inning started much the same as the first with Galindo and James both reaching base, this time by singles to the left side. Then, on the first pitch she saw, Scott unleashed another long ball, her sixth of the season, to right center. And as payback for the intentional walk one inning earlier, Nelson followed with her 52nd career home run to close out the scoring for the Bears.
ASU's lone run came off a home run by Keri Pulcifer in the second inning.
Cal's nine-run margin of victory marked its largest in a Pacific-10 Conference game since the Bears defeated Oregon State 10-0 in 1997. In addition, the Bears scored 10 runs for just the fourth time this season, and first against a conference opponent.
Cal plays its final home game of the season tomorrow, May 4, when it again hosts the Sun Devils at 1 p.m. A pre-game ceremony will honor the six seniors playing in their final game at Levine-Fricke Field.
Softball Results at Levine-Fricke Field
Arizona State 010 00 - 1 2 2California 303 4X - 10 10 0Serrano, Evans (1) and Garcia. Thorson, Bobrow (5) and Scott.W - Thorson (13-6). L - Serrano (17-13).HR: Cal - Scott 2 (6), Nelson (10). ASU - Pulcifer (3). 2B: Cal - Scott (12), Morley (2)
Records:ASU: 29-20, 6-11 Pac-10Cal: 40-14, 9-7 Pac-10