No.5/6 Cal Hosts No. 1 UCLA, No. 17 Washington
May 10, 2006
Date: Thur., May 11 (3 p.m.) / Fri., May 12 (1 p.m.) / Sat., May 13 (1 p.m.)
Place: Levine-Fricke Field in Berkeley, Calif.
ON DECK FOR THE GOLDEN BEARS
The No. 5/6 California softball team (42-11 overall, 10-8 Pac-10) hosts No. 1 UCLA (42-5, 14-3) and No. 17 Washington (32-20, 6-12) this weekend. The Golden Bears face the Bruins Thursday at 3 p.m. Cal then concludes the regular season with a two-game series against the Huskies Friday and Saturday. Both games start at 1 p.m. Saturday's game will feature a sendoff ceremony for Cal's five graduating players.
COMING TO WATCH THE BEARS
Admission to weekday softball games is free. On the weekends, the cost is $8 for adults and $4 for seniors (65+). Anyone in high school or younger can enter free of charge.
Cal will honor its five graduating players at Saturday's game against Washington. Those graduating include seniors Emily Friedman, Lindsay James, Kristina Thorson and Haley Woods and junior Rachel Wilson.
HONORARY FIRST PITCH
UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau will throw out the first pitch at Cal's final regular-season game Saturday against Washington. The game starts at 1 p.m.
CAL IN THE POLLS
The Bears moved up from No. 7 to No. 5 in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings and to No. 6 (from No. 7) in the latest USA Today/NFCA poll.
A LOOK AT UCLA
Last weekend, UCLA faced Oregon and Oregon State on the road. The Bruins won 7-0 against the Ducks and 1-0 against the Beavers. Sunday's UCLA-Oregon State contest was cancelled due to rain.
CAL VS. UCLA LAST TIME
The Bears went 1-1 against UCLA in the opening weekend of Pac-10 play (April 1-2). Cal won the first game 10-3, blowing the game open with a nine-run, nine-hit fifth inning. Sophomore Julie Meyer hit a three-run home run in the fifth after Cal hit eight consecutive singles in that inning.
Cal took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when freshman Morgan Siegel scored from second base on a UCLA fielding error. Siegel singled to reach base and was advanced on a single from senior Haley Woods. UCLA answered with two runs in the bottom of the first, going ahead 2-1 on a two-run shot by Emily Zaplatosch. The Bruins posted another run in the third for a 3-1 lead on a solo homer from Andrea Duran.
In the fifth, Cal got consecutive singles from freshman Gina Leomiti, senior Lindsay James, Siegel, Woods, senior Emily Friedman, junior Alex Sutton, sophomore Katie Vickers and freshman Carly Winger. Meyer's home run drove in Winger and Vickers. James, sophomore Erika Racklin (pinch-running for Leomiti), Siegel, Woods, Friedman and Sutton also scored in the fifth.
Siegel led the Bears, finishing 3-for-4 with two runs. Woods went 2-for-4 on the day with one run and two RBI. Sutton was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Six Cal players finished with at least one RBI, and nine Cal batters had at least one hit in the game.
Senior Kristina Thorson pitched all seven innings, striking out eight on the day.
In the second game, the Bears fell 3-1, scoring their only run on a solo homer from Vickers. The Bruins took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, when Krista Colburn homered to right field. Cal tied it up in the second on the solo shot from Vickers. UCLA took the lead for good when Colburn hit a two-run double in the third, scoring Andrea Duran and Jaisa Creps. Meyer finished 2-for-3 for the Bears, and Woods went 1-for-1 with a single.
A LOOK AT WASHINGTON
The Huskies went 2-1 last weekend. Washington defeated Oregon State 1-0, and then split against Oregon, winning 6-4 and then falling 2-1 in 11 innings.
CAL VS. WASHINGTON LAST TIME
Cal opened Pac-10 play with a 2-0 victory at Washington (March 31). Sophomore Julie Meyer hit a home run in the second inning, and junior Alex Sutton drove in senior Lindsay James in the fifth inning for Cal's final run.