Bears Advance to Super Regional After Beating Nebraska 6-1

May 21, 2006

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Sophomore Katie Vickers stepped up in a big way in Sunday's NCAA Regional championship game. The third baseman finished 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run in the Bears' 6-1 victory over Nebraska which sends Cal to the Super Regional round next weekend. Senior Kristina Thorson (35-8) threw a three-hitter and struck out 13 as the Bears improved to 47-12 on the season. Cal's Super Regional opponent and destination will be determined later today after Oregon State and Baylor play.

In the fourth inning, Vickers nailed a double down the right field line with one out, sending senior Lindsay James home for the 1-0 lead. Senior Haley Woods then scored on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, sophomore Chloe Kloezeman grounded out to second, allowing Vickers to touch home.

James and Woods led off the inning with back-to-back singles to left field.

The Bears scored their fourth run when senior Emily Friedman hit hard a single that the pitcher knocked down, allowing sophomore Erika Racklin to score on the play.

Two more touched home in the fourth when Vickers hit a hard bouncing single to the shortstop, sending Sutton and sophomore Jessica Moore home.

Freshman Gina Leomiti finished 2-for-3 Sunday, including a stand-up double to lead off the third inning.

Cal is now 4-0 against the Huskers in postseason play and 12-14 overall.

This was the second time in three years the Bears faced Nebraska in a regional championship game. In 2004, Cal defeated the Huskers 2-0 for a trip to the Super Regionals. The Bears went 4-0 in the Nebraska Regional that year.

In Saturday's game against Nebraska, senior Kristina Thorson one-hit Nebraska and struck out 12, and senior Haley Woods hit two home runs in Cal's 4-2 win.

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