Cal Begins NCAA Play with 8-0 win vs. Oakland
May 15, 2003
ANN AROR, MICH. - California, the number two seed, scored five runs on seven consecutive singles in the third inning en route to an 8-0 victory in six innings against No. 7 seeded Oakland, Thursday evening in first round NCAA Tournament Region 7 action at Alumni Field on the University of Michigan campus.
The win improves Cal's record to 42-18. Oakland falls to 33-25-1.
Cal put its first run on the board in the bottom of the second inning. Haley Woods led off with an infield single before being replaced by pinch runner LeAnna Hoglen. A groundout to first moved Hoglen to second, and she advanced to third and eventually came around to score on a pair of wild pitches by Oakland pitcher Julie Anderson. Anderson would go just two innings, allowing one run on four hits.
Oakland's Linnea Utecht came on to pitch in relief in the top of the third and the Bears wasted no time knocking her around. With one out, they rattled off seven consecutive base hits and plated five runs before running Utecht out of the game. Courtney Scott started it off with a single to right and was followed by singles to the left side by Veronica Nelson, Woods, Kaleo Eldredge, Chelsea Spencer and Jessica Pamanian, and a shot to right field by Kristen Morley that knocked Utecht out of the game. Morley knocked in two runs with her hit while Woods and Pamanian each picked up one RBI. Nicole Marzano came on as the third pitcher for the Golden Grizzlies and was able to retire the side.
Meanwhile, Cal's Kelly Anderson and Kristina Thorson combined for the one-hit shutout. Anderson, who went four innings in improving her record to 17-10, gave up a base hit to the first batter of the game and that was all that Oakland would get. Thorson came on in the fifth inning and struck out three of the six batters she faced.
Woods and Vicky Galindo each went 3-for-4 for Cal, while Eldredge and Pamanian each added two hits. Pamanian and Morley each knocked in two runs.
Cal's 15 hits represented its second highest hit total of the season. Nine players had at least one hit in the game. The Bears pounded 16 base hits 52 games ago in a 7-0 victory Feb. 14 against Texas Tech.
Dating back to last year, Cal has not allowed a run in its last four-plus NCAA Tournament games, a total of 28 consecutive innings. The Bears posted shutouts in their final three College World Series games en route to their first national championship last year.
In other action at Region 7, No. 1 DePaul defeated No. 8 Wright State, and No. 3 Michigan defeated No. 6 Western Michigan with both games ending with 8-0 scores in five innings. In addition, No. 4 Notre Dame defeated No. 5 Missouri 4-3 in eight innings.
Cal advances in the winners bracket and will face No. 3 seed and host Michigan Friday, May 15 at 3 p.m.
NCAA Softball Results at Alumni FieldAnn Arbor, Mich.
Oakland 000 000 - 0 1 4California 015 002 - 8 15 1J. Anderson, Utecht (3), Marzano (3) and Piar. K. Anderson and Scott.W - K. Anderson (17-10). L - J. Anderson (16-10).
Records:Oakland: 33-25-1Cal: 42-18