No. 2 California Drops 6-4 Decision at No. 7 Stanford

April 22, 2005

STANFORD - The No. 2 California softball team squandered a 4-0 lead at No. 7 Stanford as the Cardinal scored six runs in the fifth inning to capture the opening matchup of the three-game series, 6-4, Friday evening at Smith Family Stadium.

Stanford (33-8 overall 7-2 Pac-10) was held hitless through four innings by Cal starter Kristina Thorson, who was removed in favor of senior Kelly Anderson to begin the fifth. Anderson allowed six of the next seven Stanford hitters to reach base, the culmination of which was a two-run double by Cardinal left fielder Jackie Rinehart that tied the game 4-4. Thorson reentered the game and gave up an RBI-single to second baseman Tricia Aggabao. The next hitter, designated player Erin Howe, grounded out to score Rinehart for the final margin of victory.

Cal (39-7, 6-4) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth as first baseman Julie Meyer chopped a ball over Stanford third baseman Michelle Smith to score pinch runner Erika Racklin from third.

In the fifth, back-to-back fielders choices from Cal catcher Haley Woods and left fielder Emily Friedman plated third baseman Vicky Galindo and shortstop Chelsea Spencer, respectively. The next hitter, right fielder Alex Sutton, drew a bases-loaded walk to advance center fielder Kaleo Eldredge from home.

Becky McCullough (14-2) earned the victory for Stanford while Anderson fell to 21-3.

The three-game series resumes Saturday and concludes Sunday at the Bears' Levine-Fricke Field. Both games begin at 1 p.m.

Softball ResultSmith Family Stadium; Stanford, Calif.April 22, 2005

California 000 130 0 - 4 5 2Stanford 000 060 X - 6 5 1

Thorson, Anderson (5), Thorson (5) and Woods;McCullough and NelsonW - McCullough (14-2); L - Anderson (21-3)2B - RinehartRecords:Cal: 39-7 (6-4)Stan: 33-8 (7-2)Attendance: 804

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