No. 3 California Returns to Berkeley for Pac-10 Homestand
April 7, 2005
April 8 No. 20 Washington (17-11, 1-2) 3:00 p.m.April 9 No. 12 UCLA (19-9, 0-3)/Fox Sports 1:05 p.m.April 10 No. 12 UCLA (19-9, 0-3) 1:00 p.m.All games at Levine-Fricke Field, Berkeley
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 3 California softball team resumes Pac-10 play following Wednesday's doubleheader sweep of Saint Mary's. The Bears host No. 20 Washington April 8 and No. 12 UCLA April 9-10. Cal and UCLA have squared off in the last two Women's College World Series title games and the April 9 meeting will be televised on Fox Sports Net live in Southern California and on tape delay April 10 in Northern California (check local listings).
ANDERSON CONTINUES TO ROLL ON: A week after she captured Pac-10 Player of the Week honors, Cal senior Kelly Anderson has compiled three straight impressive outings. She tossed her second no-hitter of the season and fifth of her Cal career in a 10-0 victory against Saint Mary's April 6 (see below). In Cal's Pac-10 opener at No. 18 Arizona State April 1, Anderson struck out four Sun Devils and allowed one earned run in the Bears' 4-2 victory. Two days later, Anderson held No. 2 Arizona hitless through four and two-thirds innings and struck out six. Anderson (18-1) leads the Bears in ERA (0.84) and opposing batting average (.137) and has won eight straight starts.
Anderson's No-hitters at CalDate Opponent ScoreFeb. 16, 2003* Hawai'i 1-0, LMarch 2, 2003 Minnesota 7-0, WMarch 15, 2003 Florida International 5-1, WMarch 26, 2005 North Carolina 5-0, WApril 6, 2005 Saint Mary's 10-0, W*Combined with teammate Jen Deering
JAMES IS A HIT: Proving that her .356 batting average last season was no fluke, left fielder Lindsay James is hitting a team-leading .478 (54-for-113) - 156 points over her .322 career average entering 2005. James, who trails only Arizona's Caitlin Lowe in conference batting, has hit safely in 24 of Cal's last 27 games, a stretch that includes a team-high 13-game hit streak (Feb. 26-March 12). James, who had a 28-game hit streak in 2004, leads Cal this season with 17 multi-hit games and four perfect days at the plate. Cal has not had a .400 hitter since catcher Gillian Boxx batted .466 in 1995.
WHEN SHE'S HOT, SHE'S HOT: Junior catcher Haley Woods has posted some gaudy offensive streaks in 2005, but this past weekend's tear may have had the greatest impact on the Bears' success. Woods homered twice - a three-run blast in the first and a solo shot in the seventh - to account for all of Cal's runs in a 4-2 victory at No. 18 Arizona State April 1. Two days later in a 6-3 victory at No. 2 Arizona, Woods swatted another three-run homer, her 29th as a Bear, surpassing Melanie McCart (1994-97) for second on the Cal career list. Woods finished the road trip 4-for-9 with eight RBIs and three runs. Earlier in the season, Woods earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after batting .435 (10-for-23) with 12 RBIs, four home runs and a pair of doubles in the Bears' 7-0 sweep at the Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament in Honolulu, March 3-6. Cal's top power threat, Woods leads the Bears this season in homers (11), RBIs (46), total bases (82) and slugging percentage (.707).
RIGHT WHERE SHE LEFT OFF: Since returning from a leg injury March 18, senior third baseman Vicky Galindo is hitting .350 over the past 13 games. Galindo, who is second on Cal with a .410 average, had her best day at the plate since coming back in one of the Bears' most important wins of 2005 - a 4-for-5 performance April 3 in a 6-3 win at No. 2 Arizona.
BEARS GET IT DONE WHEN IT COUNTS: Cal is 7-3 against teams ranked in the Top 25 of either national poll (ESPN.com/USA Softball, USA Today/NFCA) and has defeated some of the nation's top clubs in 2005. Aside from recent wins against No. 2 Arizona and No. 18 Arizona State, Cal has defeated No. 3 Texas, No. 5 Tennessee, No. 7 Alabama twice in two days and No. 24 Iowa (rankings represent date game was played).
A SILVER LINING: If there's such a thing as a quality loss, Cal can take solace in the fact that its four defeats this season have all come to teams that have been ranked, at one point, in the Top 25 of either national poll. Losses to No. 2 Arizona (April 2) and No. 23 Northwestern (March 18) came on two-out, walk-off home runs. The other two defeats - to No. 16 Texas A&M (Feb. 16) and Arizona State (March 13) - were the only two games where Cal had failed to lead at some point in the contest.
STEALING SUCCESS: The 2005 season is shaping up to be a record-breaking year for Cal on the base paths. With 74 team thefts this season, the Bears have a chance to break the program record of 104 stolen bases, set in 1979. Freshman speedster Erika Racklin leads the Bears with 15 steals in 16 attempts. Galindo and James have each swiped 14 bases while shortstop Chelsea Spencer has 10.
SCOUTING NO. 20 WASHINGTON (17-11): The Huskies opened Pac-10 play last weekend with a 4-3 win at No. 25 Oregon before falling to No. 13 Oregon State, 7-3 and 9-0 ... freshman shortstop Ashley Charters leads Washington with a .447 batting average, the Pac-10 with 22 stolen bases and is currently on a 13-game game hitting streak ... senior catcher Kristen Rivera, the 2005 Pac-10 Player of the Year, leads the conference in slugging percentage (.937), on-base percentage (.612) and has 10 homers ... Washington is paced in the circle by senior Ashley Boek, who has an 11-7 record, 2.65 ERA and five shutouts, and freshman Caitlin Noble, who has struck out 10-plus batters eight times ... Cal leads the all-time series 25-22, has won eight of the last 10 meetings and swept all four games from the Huskies last year by a 20-3 run aggregate ... Washington won the NCAA Region 8 tournament to advance to the World Series in 2004 ... former Husky Heather Tarr (1st year, 17-11) is the head coach of Washington ... for more information on Washington softball, visit www.GoHuskies.com.
SCOUTING NO. 12 UCLA (19-9): The Bruins have stumbled out of the Pac-10 gate, dropping conference games at No. 13 Oregon State (2-1, eight innings) and at No. 25 Oregon (3-1, 2-1) this past weekend ... freshman pitcher Anjelica Seldon (11-5) leads the Pac-10 in ERA (0.37) and is second in opposing batting average (.122) and strikeouts (233) ... junior third baseman Andrea Duran leads the Bruins in batting average (.372), hits (32), doubles (8), triples (4) and total bases (57) ... the Bruins top the all-time series 66-15, including defeats of Cal in the last two WCWS championship games (see below) ... UCLA is coached by Sue Enquist (17th year, 816-155-1) ... for more information on UCLA softball, visit www.UCLABruins.com.
CALIFORNIA VS. UCLA: In the past two years, the Bears and Bruins have developed a unique rivalry at both the conference and national level. A look at some of the series' recent memorable games:
Event Date Winner NotesWCWS Title Game 5/31/04 UCLA/3-1 Anderson perfect through four innings ... UCLA becomes first team to win back-to-back titles since Arizona (1996-97).Pac-10 5/7/04 Cal/2-1 Cal captures first regular- season win over Bruins since 1998.Pac-10 4/25/04 UCLA/3-1 Thorson loses for just the third time on the season as Bears strand 11 baserunners.Pac-10 4/24/04 UCLA/5-1 Cal cuts deficit to 2-1 in second but collects just three hits.WCWS Title Game 5/26/03 UCLA/1-0 Keira Goerl no-hits the Bears through nine innings but Cal has five baserunners ... first time in WCWS history that both finals participants had come through loser's bracket to reach the championship game.WCWS 1st Round 5/23/03 Cal/7-3 Three Bruin errors open the door to four Cal runs in top of the 10th.
TV TIME: Aside from Saturday's televised game with UCLA, the Bears and Bruins will meet on the tube again. The April 29 matchup in Los Angeles is scheduled to be shown by ESPNU. Check local listings for all air times.
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