No. 2 California Faces No. 15 Baylor in Super Regional
May 26, 2005
This Week:May 27 vs. No. 15 Baylor (49-12), 5:00 p.m. CSTMay 28 vs. No. 15 Baylor, 11:00 a.m.May 28 vs. No. 15 Baylor (If Necessary), 1:30 p.m.All games at Getterman Field, Waco, Texas
WHAT'S ON TAP: The second-seeded California (50-12) softball team continues NCAA Tournament play with a three-game Super Regional series against 15th-seeded Baylor (49-12) at Getterman Field in Waco, Texas. The series begins Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m. CST (5 p.m. PST) and resumes Saturday, May 28 at 1 p.m. CST. A third game, if needed to decide the best-of-three series, will be played at 3:30 p.m. on May 28. The victor advances to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla. Streaming audio and video of all games will be available free of charge at www.BaylorBears.com. Cal advanced to the Super Regionals by winning the Fresno State Regional while Baylor swept their three games in capturing the Auburn Regional.
CAL VS. BAYLOR: The two schools have never met in the postseason but Cal holds a 3-0 all-time advantage. The Bears took the last meeting, 9-1, on March 3, 2000. This is the first year Super Regional play has been a part of the NCAA Tournament.
RESILENT BEARS MASTER FRESNO STATE REGIONAL: Cal's march to the Super Regional round was marked with late-inning heroics and clutch hitting and pitching performances. After losing their first game, the top-seeded Bears had to win four games in two days over 26 hours to advance out of Fresno, Calif. A quick game-by-game recap of the Fresno State Regional:
May 19 - Opening Round vs. BYU (L, 3-1): The Bears took a 1-0 lead on a two-out second-inning single from right fielder Alex Sutton that scored shortstop Chelsea Spencer. Starter Kristina Thorson, who had no-hit the Cougars for five innings, was touched up for three runs in the sixth in taking the loss. The defeat snapped a 13-game regional winning streak, dating to 2001, and a seven-year opening-game regional winning streak, dating to 1998.
May 20 - Loser's Bracket Semifinal vs. Long Beach State (W, 4-3): Trailing the 49ers, 3-2, with two outs in the top of the seventh, catcher Haley Woods lined a two-strike double to center field to score third baseman Vicky Galindo and left fielder Lindsay James for the win. Thorson (22-5) pitched five and two-thirds innings of relief to earn her lone Regional victory.
May 20 - Loser's Bracket Final vs. BYU (W, 9-0; five innings): Following their thrilling victory over LBSU, the Bears turned around and pounded the Cougars. Starter Kelly Anderson became just the second Bear pitcher to toss a no-hitter in regional play and eight Cal starters reached base at least once.
May 21 - Regional Championship vs. Fresno State, Game No. 1 (W, 3-1): The Bulldogs leaped out to a 1-0 lead in the second but a run by second baseman Jessica Pamanian in the fourth and scores by Galindo and James in the fifth gave Cal the win. Anderson scattered two hits in six innings of relief to earn her second victory of the tournament.
May 21 - Regional Championship vs. Fresno State, Game No. 2 (W, 1-0): In perhaps her finest pitching performance of the year, Anderson tossed her second no-hitter of the regionals. She faced just two batters over the minimum and didn't allowing a runner past first base. A leadoff homer from Galindo held up for Cal. For the first time in program history, the Bears won four consecutive games after losing the first of a regional tournament. The win also marked the first time Cal had won as many as four straight games when facing elimination. The Bears eliminated every team at the regional.
AT THE OPPORTUNE MOMENT: At the Fresno State Regional, Anderson enjoyed the top week of her season and, perhaps, the best stretch of her four-year career. The senior went 3-0 at the regional and tossed no-hitters in the loser's bracket final and championship game. She finished the tournament with a 0.00 ERA (allowing one unearned run) and gave up just five hits in 20.1 innings. The Woodland, Calif., native pitched an inning of relief in a 3-1 opening-round loss to BYU May 19. In a 4-3 victory against Long Beach State May 20, she was removed after one and third innings but avenged that performance - and Cal's first-round loss - by no-hitting BYU, 9-0, in five innings. The six-strikeout performance was the first postseason no-hitter by a Cal pitcher since Jocelyn Forest stopped Massachusetts, 2-0, at the UMass Regional on May 22, 1999. In the title series against Fresno State May 21, she relieved starter Thorson in the second inning and two-hit the Bulldogs as the Bears won, 3-1. She upped her personal ante later that afternoon in Cal's 1-0 victory in the deciding game. In perhaps her most dominant performance of the season, she allowed just one ball to leave the infield (a right field flyout), faced two batters over the minimum and didn't allow a runner past first base.
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 (5), WMay 20, 2005 BYU 9-0 (5), WMay 21, 2005 Fresno State 1-0, WCombined with teammate Jen Deering
BOTTOM OF THE ORDER SIZZLES FOR CAL: The 7-8-9 batters in the Bears' lineup - designated player Emily Friedman, first baseman Julie Meyer and right fielder Sutton - batted .350 (14-for-40) with six RBI at the Fresno State Regional while the top six in Cal's order hit .216 (19-for-88) with 11 RBI. The bottom three - who averaged .257 over the course of the regular season (93-for-362) - accounted for all of Cal's offense in the Bears' opening-round regional loss to BYU. Friedman had a spectacular series, batting 7-for-14 and was the only Bear to hit safely in all five games. Sutton, who batted 5-for-12 (.416) at the regional, is Cal's hottest hitter over the past two weeks. The right fielder has had at least one hit in six of her last eight games and an RBI in five of her last eight. On May 12, her bottom-of-the-seventh base hit brought home senior Jessica Vernaglia as Cal toppled No. 3 Arizona, 1-0. Sutton went 2-for-3 a day later as Cal defeated Arizona State, 9-1, and hit her first homer of the year in the Bears' season-ending, 2-1, loss to the Sun Devils, May 14. In the regional opener against BYU, she singled home Spencer in the second inning for an early 1-0 lead. Sutton was hitting .198 on May 12. Since going 8-for-19 (.421) with six RBI in Cal's last eight games, she is now batting .235. This isn't the first instance of Sutton coming through in the postseason clutch for Cal. In 2004, she collected three hits and had two RBI in a 4-1 national semifinal win against LSU that helped vault Cal into the Women's College World Series title game.
GALINDO COMES THROUGH: Galindo, Cal's diminutive third baseman and leadoff hitter, doesn't have a penchant for hitting homers - she has just three in 2005 - but she does have proclivity for game-winning shots. Her first-inning, leadoff homer in the regional final against Fresno State May 21 held up over seven innings to send Cal into the Super Regionals. On April 18, her third-inning, two-run homer not only gave the Bears a 2-1 victory at then-No. 10 Oregon State, but eventually helped Cal to their first Pac-10 championship in 18 years. On the season, Galindo is hitting .331 and leads the Bears in runs (44), doubles (11) and stolen bases (17).
JAMES BACK IN FORM: Following an 18-game hiatus due to a broken left hand, James returned to the Cal lineup for the Fresno State Regional. James, whose current .450 average has her poised to become the first Cal batter to hit .400 in 10 seasons and is shades off of Gillian Boxx's program single-season mark of .466 in 1995, went 4-for-16 in regional play.
SCOUTING THE BEARS (49-12): Baylor, the Big 12 Conference Tournament runner-up, earned the right to host Cal by advancing out of Auburn Regional, defeating Florida A&M (1-0) and Florida State (9-5, 5-3) ... the Bears have five hitters batting over .350, led by senior shortstop Kim Wilmoth's .416 ... Baylor's other leading hitters are junior Harmony Schwethelm (.375, 54 runs, 36 stolen bases), junior outfielder Kelly Osburn (.368, 59 runs, 18 doubles, .622 slugging percentage), sophomore infielder Chelsi Lake (.360, 15 home runs, 65 RBI, .715 slugging) and sophomore infielder Kylie Conroy (.351) ... sophomore righthander Lisa Ferguson (20-5, 2.03 ERA) leads a staff that features three pitchers with double-digit victories - junior righthander Tessa Lynam (11-2, 2.04), senior lefthander Cristin Vitek (12-5, 2.14) ... the Bears are coached by Glenn Moore (Northwestern State '93, fifth season, 351-140) ... for more information on Baylor softball, visit www.BaylorBears.com.
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