California WCWS Notes, June 2

June 2, 2005


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Today's Game:UCLA (36-18), Oklahoma City, Okla. (Hall of Fame Stadium)TV: ESPN2, 2:00 p.m. CT

CALIFORNIA OPENS WCWS AGAINST FAMILIAR FOE: The second-seeded Golden Bears (52-13) begin their quest for a fourth consecutive Women's College World Series title game appearance Thursday, June 2, at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla., against seventh-seeded UCLA (36-18). ESPN2 will televise the game live with Pam Ward and Lisa Fernandez calling the action. The Bears and Bruins have met in the last two WCWS championship games with UCLA claiming the title in 2003 (1-0) and 2004 (3-1). The two clubs also played an opening-round game in 2003, with the Bears prevailing 7-3 in 10 innings - Cal's lone postseason victory against UCLA. Cal is 1-3 against UCLA in the postseason and 17-66 all-time.

BEARS VS. BRUINS - THE RECENT SERIES: In the past two years, Cal and UCLA have developed a unique rivalry at both the conference and national level. A brief look at some of the series' recent matchups:

April 29, 2005 (Pac-10 game; Cal, 3-2): Cal third baseman Vicky Galindo collects three hits as Cal scores all of its runs with two out in the third ... Bears take first season series from Bruins since 1998.

April 10, 2005 (Pac-10 game; UCLA, 2-1): Cal catcher Haley Woods breaks up Anjelica Selden's no-hitter with two outs in the seventh,powering a line drive home run to right field.

April 9, 2005 (Pac-10 game; Cal, 2-1): Cal designated player Emily Friedman rips a two-out line drive in the bottom of the seventh to score shortstop Chelsea Spencer for the winning run.

May 31, 2004 (WCWS title game; UCLA, 3-1): Cal starter Kelly Anderson goes perfect through four innings ... UCLA becomes the first team to win back-to-back titles since Arizona (1996-97).

May 7, 2004 (Pac-10 game; Cal, 2-1): Cal captures first regular-season win against Bruins since 1998.

April 25, 2004 (Pac-10 game; UCLA, 3-1): Cal starter Kristina Thorson loses for just the third time on the season as Bears strand 11 runners.

April 24, 2004 (Pac-10 game; UCLA, 5-1): Bears cut deficit to 2-1 in the second but collect just three hits.

May 26, 2003 (WCWS Title Game; UCLA, 1-0, nine innings): UCLA's Keira Goerl no-hits the Bears ... first time in WCWS history that both finals participants came through the loser's bracket to reach the title game.

May 23, 2003 (WCWS First Round; Cal, 7-3, 10 innings): Three Bruin errors open the door to four Cal runs in the top of the 10th.

THE RECORDS: At the WCWS, Cal is 18-16 all-time, 6-3 in tournament openers, 9-10 when winning the first game and 3-3 when losing the first game.

POWER OF THE PAC-10: Joining the Bears and Bruins on their side of the bracket are third-seeded Arizona (44-10) and 11th-seeded Tennessee (64-13), who open the tournament at 12 noon CT on June 2. Cal, UCLA and Arizona have combined to capture 17 of the 23 WCWS titles awarded while the Volunteers are making their first trip to the tournament. None of the four teams on the other side of the bracket - No. 1 Michigan (60-5), No. 4 Texas (47-11), No. 12 Alabama (62-13) and DePaul (45-19) - have won a WCWS title.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Cal-UCLA winner will play the Arizona-Tennessee victor on Friday, June 3, at 7 p.m. CT (ESPN2) while the losers matchup in an elimination game Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m. (ESPN2).

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