James' 10th-inning Hit Lifts No. 5 Cal Over No. 17 Washington

May 12, 2006

BERKELEY - Senior Lindsay James hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the No. 5 California softball team to a 1-0 win over No. 17 Washington at Levine-Fricke Field, Friday. Senior Kristina Thorson (31-8) threw 10 scoreless innings, helping the Golden Bears to a 43-12 overall record (11-9 in Pac-10). Washington fell to 32-22 and 6-14.

With one out in the bottom of the 10th, freshman Carly Winger singled down the right field line. Junior Alex Sutton hit a single to center field, taking second on the throw, while Winger advanced to third. James then hit a single to left field, sending Winger home for the winning run.

Thorson struck out 18 batters in her 30th complete game and 15th shutout of the season.

The game was a pitchers' duel between Thorson and Washington freshman Danielle Lawrie. Lawrie had a no-hitter into the fourth inning, but with one out, James singled to left field. Senior Haley Woods followed with a single to right field. The Bears loaded the bases after senior Emily Friedman drew a four-pitch walk, but Lawrie got two strikeouts to end the inning.

Cal threatened a few other times, including two long line drives by Woods - one caught at the right field wall and one at the left field wall.

With Friday's win, the Bears improve to 3-2 in extra-inning games this season. Cal's longest game of the season was a 13-inning contest against No. 3 Arizona, which the Wildcats won 4-2.

Cal hosts Washington in the Bears' final regular-season game Saturday at 1 p.m. A farewell ceremony for Cal's five graduating players will precede the game. UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau will throw out the first pitch.

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