Cal Opens World Series vs. UCLA Thursday

May 21, 2003

OKLAHOMA CITY - Defending national champion California opens play in the 2003 Women's College World Series when the seventh-seeded Golden Bears take on No. 2 seed UCLA Thursday at 7 p.m. Pacific Time at Don Porter Stadium in Oklahoma City. The game will be televised live nationally on ESPN2.

Cal (45-18) advanced to its fifth consecutive WCWS by sweeping through its regional competition in Ann Arbor, Mich., last week. The Bears defeated Oakland (8-0), Michigan (9-0), DePaul (1-0) and Michigan (1-0) to run their NCAA Tournament winning streak to 12 games. Cal has also not allowed a run in 47 straight postseason innings.

UCLA (49-6) claimed its regional in Fresno, also winning all four of its contests. The Bruins have won eight NCAA titles, the last coming in 1999.

UCLA owns a 3-0 record vs. Cal this season, sweeping two games in Berkeley, 3-0 and 4-1 (8 innings), and one in Los Angeles, 10-0. The Bears and Bruins have met just once in NCAA competition, with UCLA posting a 10-0 victory in the 1992 WCWS.

If they win, the Bears will next meet the Texas/Louisiana-Lafayette winner Friday at 5 p.m. (ESPN2). A loss pits Cal against either Texas or Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday at 1 p.m. (ESPN2).

At last week's regional in Michigan, the Bears batted .343 and limiting their opponents to just a .182 average. Kaleo Eldredge paced the attack by going 6-for-11 at the plate (.545), while Haley Woods and Vicky Galindo were both 6-for-13 (.462). Inside the circle, Kelly Anderson, voted the regional's Most Outstanding Player, won all four games and did not allow a run in 21 innings of work.

In addition to its WCWS championship last year, Cal tied for third in both 1986 and '99, tied for fifth in '92, '96 and 2001, and tied for seventh in 2000.

Cal is one of four Pac-10 teams in this season's series, joining top-seed Arizona, No. 2 UCLA and No. 5 Washington. The other schools completing the field are No. 3 Texas, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 6 Louisiana-Lafayette and No. 8 Alabama.

The double-elimination tournament continues through Monday, when the championship game will be played at 1:30 p.m. PT (ESPN). For a complete schedule, visit the NCAA website.

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