No. 3 California Travels to No. 10 Oregon State, No. 25 Oregon
April 14, 2005
This week:April 15 at No. 25 Oregon (25-13, 3-4); Eugene, OR (Howe Field), 4:00 p.m.
April 16-17 at No. 10 Oregon State (28-6, 7-0); Corvallis, OR (OSU Softball Complex), 1:00 p.m.
WHAT'S ON TAP: Following a doubleheader sweep at Sacramento State on April 13, the No. 3 California softball team (37-5, 4-2) resumes Pac-10 Conference play at No. 25 Oregon (April 15, 4 p.m.) and No. 10 Oregon State (April 16-17, 1 p.m.). Oregon State, winners of 22 straight, is the surprise leader of the Pac-10 at 7-0 after being picked to finish seventh in a preseason conference coaches poll.
ANDERSON CONTINUES TO ROLL ON: With each start she makes, senior pitcher Kelly Anderson seems to improve on what is shaping up to be a phenomenal season. The Woodland, Calif., native went 2-0 with a save last week and with her win at Sacramento State on April 13, now owns a 20-1 record and a 0.89 ERA. Anderson, who has posted a win in 10 consecutive starts, pitched her fifth career no-hitter (see below) and struck out six Gaels in a 10-0 defeat of Saint Mary's April 6. Two days later, she tossed three innings and struck out four in picking up a save in Cal's 4-3 win against No. 20 Washington. Anderson, a finalist for USA Softball's Collegiate Player of the Year award, completed her week April 9 by allowing just three hits in the first five innings of a 2-1 victory against No. 12 UCLA. She has posted a 0.76 ERA in her last nine appearances, a total of 55 innings.
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
WOODS POWERS UP: As if there was any debate, junior catcher Haley Woods proved last week as to why she's the Bears' top power threat and perhaps most dangerous hitter. Woods captured Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for April 4-10 after batting 6-for-12 (.500) with six RBIs, two home runs and two runs scored. In Cal's 10-0 defeat of Saint Mary's in game No. 1 of an April 6 doubleheader, Woods went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and her three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth invoked the eight-run rule. She added two RBIs in game No. 2, also a 10-0 victory. In the Bears' April 9-10 split with UCLA, Woods collected two hits, the second of which was a seventh-inning home run that broke up Anjelica Selden's potential no-hitter. As a testament to Woods' plate prowess, Selden intentionally walked the slugger in back-to-back at-bats in the Bears 2-1 victory April 9. At the plate in 2005, Woods is hitting .341 and leads Cal in homers (13), RBIs (49), total bases (91) and slugging percentage (.705). Defensively, Woods has been just as valuable, recording 283 putouts behind the plate with a .994 fielding percentage.
JAMES OUT: The Bears were dealt a tough blow in their April 8 defeat of Washington when leading hitter Lindsay James broke her left hand after being struck with a first-inning pitch from Husky starter Ashley Boek. James, batting .478 at the time of the injury, is expected to be out up to six weeks, placing her return somewhere around the conclusion of the regular season. The left fielder should have enough at-bats to qualify for any hitting honors and is poised to become not only the Bears' top single-season hitter, but the program's first .400-plus batter in nine seasons.
FRIEDMAN FINDS A HOME: She began the year as a utility player, then moved to right field when Alex Sutton was sidelined with an injury. In nine of the last 10 games, however, Cal head coach Diane Ninemire has slotted junior Emily Friedman as Cal's designated player. Despite the position rotation, Friedman, who took over the regular designated player duties April 1, is hitting .364 in her last eight games, bumping her season average up to .301. Her top moment as a Bear came April 9, when her two-out, bottom-of-the-seventh single to left field scored shortstop Chelsea Spencer for a 2-1 victory against No. 12 UCLA.
BEARS GET IT DONE WHEN IT COUNTS: Cal is 9-4 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. 12 UCLA and No. 20 Washington, the Bears have defeated No. 2 Arizona, No. 3 Texas, No. 5 Tennessee, No. 7 Alabama twice in two days, No. 18 Arizona State and No. 24 Iowa (all rankings representative of 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 five 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 three defeats - to No. 16 Texas A&M (Feb. 16), Arizona State (March 13) and No. 12 UCLA - were the only three games this season where Cal had failed to lead at some point in the contest.
TRIO OF BEARS VIE FOR TOP HONOR: On April 6, Cal third baseman Vicky Galindo, Anderson and James were named to a list of 25 finalists for USA Softball's 2005 Collegiate Player of the Year award. Galindo, a first team All-American, All-Pacific Region and All-Pac-10 selection in 2004, is hitting .383 this season with eight doubles and 15 steals. Galindo has been a catalyst at the top of the lineup for Cal with a .448 on-base percentage. Anderson is a team-leading 20-1 with a 0.89 ERA while James was hitting a team-leading .478 at the time of an injury that is expected to keep her out through the remainder of regular-season play. Cal, along with No. 2 Arizona and No. 5 Oklahoma, are the only programs to have three players named as finalists.
STEALING SUCCESS: The 2005 season is shaping up to be a record-breaking year for Cal on the base paths. With 81 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 and Galindo lead the Bears with 15 steals apiece.
SCOUTING NO. 25 OREGON (25-13, 3-4): Junior righthander Amy Harris paces Oregon in the circle with a 1.12 ERA and a 12-6 record ... shortstop Breanne Sabol leads the Ducks with a .345 batting average and a team-high 14 stolen bases ... left fielder Lovena Chaput has been the Ducks' top power threat with club highs in doubles (8), homers (4), total bases (61) and slugging percentage (.555) ... despite being under .500 in the Pac-10, the Ducks swept a doubleheader from No. 13 UCLA at home April 2 (3-1, 2-1) ... the Bears are 60-29 all-time against Oregon, took two of the three matchups played in 2004 and have never lost a series to current Oregon coach Kathy Arendsen ... for more information on Oregon softball, visit www.GoDucks.com.
SCOUTING NO. 10 OREGON STATE (28-6, 7-0): The Beavers, winners of a national-high 22 straight contests, have emerged as the class of the Pac-10 after being selected to finish seventh in a preseason coaches poll ... OSU has won their seven Pac-10 games by a 33-8 run aggregate that includes victories against No. 13 UCLA (2-1, eight innings) and at No. 2 Arizona (1-0) ... sophomore righthander Brianne McGowan, a three-time Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week, leads the Beavers in the circle with a 25-2 record and a 1.71 ERA ... four Beavers are hitting .300 or higher, led by freshman Miranda Cambria's .377 ... Cal leads the all-time series 57-24 and took two of the three 2004 meetings ... OSU is 4-2 against Cal in the last six games played in Corvallis ... a Cal victory would snap Oregon State's program-record six-game home winning streak ... the Beavers are coached by Kirk Walker (11th season, 363-298-2) ... for more information on Oregon State softball, visit www.OSUBeavers.com.