No. 9 Cal Falls To No. 16 Arizona State In 9 Innings, 1-0
May 4, 2003
BERKELEY - Arizona State's Phelan Wright hit a home run to left centerfieldin the top of the ninth inning to provide the only scoring as the SunDevils spoiled California's senior day with a 1-0 victory Sunday atLevine-Fricke Field.
No. 16 ASU improves to 30-20 overall and 7-11 in the Pac-10. Ninth-rankedCal falls to 40-15 and 9-8.
The Golden Bears had ample scoring opportunities as they collected eighthits and stranded 14. Cal baserunners reached at least second base in eightof the game's nine innings, including the bases loaded in both the firstand last frame. Cal had runners at third base in three of the last fourinnings.
After putting down ASU in order in the top of the first, Cal appeared readyto go on the offensive in the bottom half of the inning. With one out,Lindsay James slapped one up the middle and was followed by back-to-backwalks to Courtney Scott and Veronica Nelson. But a pop up to second baseand a fly ball to center ended the threat.
The Bears were poised to end the contest in the bottom of the seventhinning. James led off with a single to left field and advanced to second ona fielder's choice. Nelson was then intentionally walked for the third timein the game, but pinch-hitter Haley Woods grounded into a double play tosend the game into extra innings.
James went four-for-four on the day to improve her season average to .337.Scott hit 2-3 with a pair of walks.
Ashley Werschky (9-4) picked up the win in relief after entering the gamein the top of the sixth inning. She threw 3 2/3 innings of scorelessthree-hit ball. Desi Serrano, ASU's starter, re-entered the game in thebottom of the ninth to record the game's final out and her eighth save ofthe year. Meanwhile, Kelly Anderson (16-8) took the loss for Cal afterentering the game in the top of the third in relief of starter Jen Deering.Anderson worked 6 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and one run whilestriking out six.
ASU managed just two hits entering the ninth inning, both coming in thesixth inning, before Wright launched the eventual gamewinner with two outsand a 2-2 count.
Cal and Arizona State split their four meetings this season, with both ofthe Sun Devils' victories coming by 1-0 scores.
Softball Results at Levine-Fricke FieldBerkeley, Calif.
Arizona State 000 000 010 1 4 1California 000 000 000 0 8 0Serrano, Werschky (6), Serrano (9) and Garcia. Deering, Anderson (3) andScott.
W Werschky (9-4). L Anderson (16-8). S Serrano (8).HR: ASU Wright (15). 2B: ASU Brun.
Records:ASU: 30-20, 7-11 Pac-10Cal: 40-15, 9-8 Pac-10