No. 3 California Trounces Pacific, 13-5
March 23, 2005
BERKELEY - Center fielder Kaleo Eldredge and first baseman Julie Meyer each homered and pitcher Kelly Anderson struck out seven hitters in five innings of relief as the No. 3 California softball team defeated Pacific, 13-5, in six innings Wednesday at Levine-Fricke Field.
Pacific first baseman Jennifer Curtier, who belted a walk-off home run in Pacific's 2-1 victory last year, continued to sting Cal pitching in 2005, swatting a two-run homer in the top of the first for a 2-0 Tiger lead.
Cal answered with a home run of its own in the bottom of the inning. After third baseman Vicky Galindo scored from first on a throwing error by Pacific third baseman Crystal Presson, Eldredge smacked a towering drive over the right field wall, her fourth homer of the year, for a 3-2 Cal lead.
Pacific added three runs in the second but Cal tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Pinch runner Jessica Vernaglia scored on a bases loaded walk to Eldredge and Friedman crossed the plate on a passed ball.
The Bears tacked on two runs in the third, but it was a four-run fourth inning, highlighted by Meyer's first career home run, that opened the floodgates for an 11-5 Cal lead.
Run-scoring singles from designated player Jeana Gevas and Friedman in the sixth gave Cal an eight-run cushion to end the game.
Anderson, who entered the game in the second, allowed just one hit in her tenure in improving to a team-best 12-1.
Cal returns to action this weekend at the Carolina Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Bears open competition with Harvard (8:30 a.m. PST) and Coastal Carolina (11 a.m.) on Friday before contesting a doubleheader with host North Carolina Saturday. Tournament action wraps up Easter Sunday against Penn State.
Softball ResultLevine-Fricke Field; Berkeley, Calif.March 23, 2005Attendance: 121
Pacific 230 000 - 5 3 2California 322 402 - 13 13 0Game shortened to six innings by 8-run ruleJorgensen, King (1), Sandelin (3) and D'Errico;Thorson, Anderson (2) and WoodsW - Anderson (12-1); L - Sandelin (1-1)2B - Pamanian (3), Friedman (1); 3B - Hyams (2);HR - Curtier (6), Eldredge (4), Meyer (1)Records:Cal: 24-3UOP: 13-12