Seven Bears Earn All-Pac-10 Honors
May 13, 2003
BERKELEY - Led by first team selection Veronica Nelson, seven Golden Bears from Cal's defending national champion softball team have earned All-Pac-10 honors.
In addition to Nelson, who claimed a spot on the first team for the second time in her career, C Courtney Scott, P Kelly Anderson and 3B Vicky Galindo were chosen to the second team, and OF Kaleo Eldredge, P Kristina Thorson and OF Lindsay James received honorable mention recognition.
Nelson, a senior first baseman out of Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd HS, leads the Bears with a .365 batting average, 11 home runs and 89 walks. She is Cal's all-time leader with 53 homers, while also topping the career charts in RBI (164), slugging percentage (.656) and walks (377). Her walk total is also an NCAA record.
Scott, a senior from Clovis, was also a second team choice last year. This season, she is batting .308 with team highs in both RBI (37) and doubles (12).
Anderson is 16-10 on the year with a team-low 1.22 ERA. The sophomore from Woodland has seven complete-game shutouts this year and has struck out 155 batters.
Galindo, in her first year after transferring from West Valley JC and a graduate of James Logan HS in Union City, owns a .324 average. She paces the Bears with 61 hits, 36 runs scored and 16 stolen bases.
Eldredge, from Kahului, Hawaii, is hitting .304 overall, but batted .370 against Pac-10 competition, while Thorson, a freshman from Lake Forest Park, Wash., is 14-7 with a 1.47 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 133.0 innings. James is a freshman from San Carlos and hit .327 with 35 runs scored during the regular season.
Cal (41-18) begins defense of its 2002 NCAA title when the Bears take on Oakland (Mich.) in the first round of its NCAA regional in Ann Arbor, Mich., Thursday afternoon. The ninth-ranked Bears are seeded second in the eight-team regional, which concludes Sunday.
The Women's College World Series runs May 22-26 in Oklahoma City.