Galindo, Thorson, Eldredge Garner All-American Accolades

June 2, 2005

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - California senior third baseman Vicky Galindo was named a first team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Thursday, while junior pitcher Kristina Thorson was selected to the second team and center fielder Kaleo Eldredge garnered third-team honors.

Galindo became Cal's first back-to-back first team selection since pitcher Jocelyn Forest (2001-02). Entering the Bears' Women's College World Series opener Thursday, Galindo leads Cal in runs (48), doubles (11), triples (3) and is second with a .333 batting average, a .506 slugging percentage and 85 total bases. She's been an offensive catalyst from the leadoff position, reaching base 43 percent of the time and advancing runners 54 percent of the time.

Thorson, a second team pick in 2004, is 23-5 entering the WCWS with a team-leading 1.15 ERA and 220 strikeouts. She's won 20-plus games for the second straight year and her 1.00 ERA at the completion of the regular season led the Pac-10 Conference. Thorson has held opposing hitters to a .153 average, has struck out 8.2 batters per game and has a 7.6 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Eldredge was a second team selection last season and has been one of Cal's most reliable hitters in 2005. Her .313 batting average, 39 RBI, six homers, 43 runs, 82 total bases, .494 slugging percentage and .460 on-base percentage entering the WCWS all rank in the top-three for Cal.

Cal's three All-American selections this year is eclipsed only by the four Bear players took home last season. This is the third time Cal has taken home three All-American awards in one year (1993, 1995).

The All-American announcement was made prior to Cal's WCWS-opener with seventh-seeded UCLA, which began at 2:30 CT.

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