No. 2 Cal on Downside of Thrilling 2-1 Finish

April 23, 2005

BERKELEY - Stanford center fielder Catalina Morris threw out California pinch runner Katelyn Valenzuela at home plate with two outs in the bottom of seventh inning as the No. 7 Cardinal held on for a 2-1 victory at Levine-Fricke Field Saturday.

Right fielder Alex Sutton singled to lead off the seventh for No. 2 Cal (39-8 overall, 6-5 Pac-10) and was sacrificed to second by first baseman Julie Meyer. Two batters later, Valenzuela relieved Sutton on and third baseman Vicky Galindo singled to centerfield. Morris charged the grounder and skipped a throw to catcher Leah Nelson, who blocked Valenzuela from the plate to preserve victory.

The Cardinal (34-8, 8-2) scored both of their runs with two outs in the third, as a groundout from Nelson scored Morris and an RBI-single from left fielder Jackie Rinehart plated pinch runner Shoney Hixson.

The Bears countered in the fifth for their lone run as a Galindo sacrifice fly advanced Meyer home.

Cal starter Kelly Anderson (21-4), who struck out six hitters on Saturday, suffered her second loss to Stanford in as many days. The senior allowed all six Cardinal runs in the Bears' 6-4 loss Friday evening.

Meyer, who collected a pair of doubles, finished with two of the Bears' six hits.

Saturday's win clinched the Cardinal's first series victory against Cal since 2001. It also marked the first time that the Bears have lost back-to-back contests this season.

Cal will look to salvage the final game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m. at Levine-Fricke Field.

Softball ResultLevine-Fricke Field; Berkeley, Calif.April 23, 2005

Stanford 002 000 0 - 2 7 1California 000 010 0 - 1 6 0Severson and Nelson; Anderson and WoodsW - Severson (14-4); L - Anderson (21-4)2B - Smith, Pamanian, Friedman, Meyer 2Records:Cal: 39-8 (6-5 Pac-10)Stan: 34-8 (8-2 Pac-10)Attendance: 531

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