No. 5 Softball Advances To Second Round Of Gold Bracket At NFCA Leadoff Championships With Win Over No. 6 LSU, 3-0

Feb. 24, 2001

COLUMBUS, GA - - The No. 5 ranked and No. 2 seed California Golden Bears defeated the No. 6 ranked and No. 7 seed Louisiana State Tigers, 3-0, in the first round of the championship gold bracket of the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The Bears defeated Long Island earlier in the day, 7-1 to advance to the championship gold bracket. On Friday, Cal defeated No. 10 rank DePaul, 1-0, and No. 15 rank Nebraska, 2-1.

Cal jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on a sophomore Veronica Nelson blast well over the 220-foot center field fence, bringing in senior Pauline Due�as who drew a walk earlier in the inning to give the Bears the early two-run lead.

The game remained 2-0 until the Cal half of the sixth when Nelson led off the inning with a single to right field. Freshman Danielle Setiawan came in to run for Nelson and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Candace Harper. Setiawan moved to third on a wild pitch and came in to score the Bears third run on a single to center by senior Amber Phillips.

Junior Jocelyn Forest went the distance for Cal, allowing and no runs and a single hit in the third inning for the Tigers, while striking out a season-high 15 LSU batters. She improves to 6-0 on the year and lowers her team-leading ERA to 0.68.

The Bears return to action tomorrow, Feb. 25 when they face No. 4 Alabama, who defeated Michigan, 1-0 in the same first round championship bracket. Game time is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. EST.

Game 4 at South Commons Stadium (Championship Gold Bracket Single Elimination), Columbus, GA	               1	2	3	4	5	6	7  R  H	ENo. 5 California       2	0	0	0	0	1	0  3  4	0No. 6 LSU	       0	0	0	0	0	0	0  0  1 0Pitching: Cal: Forest (1) to Scott, LSU: Sneed (1) to Reeves2B: Reeves (LSU)HR: Nelson (Cal), 4WP: Forest (6-0)	LP: Sneed (7-3)		Save: NoneLOB: Cal, 5, LSU, 1
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