No. 5 Softball Completes Two-Game Sweep Over Oregon, Defeating The Ducks, 9-4, On Sunday
April 8, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - The No. 5 California Golden Bears defeated Oregon for the second consecutive day, this time, 9-4. The Bears used 10 hits and three Duck errors to help improve their record to 41-4 overall and 2-3 in the Pac-10. Oregon falls to 23-24 overall, 1-5 in the Pac-10.
Cal jumped on the board early. In the first, Sophomore Kristen Morley and senior Pauline Dueï¿½as reached base on errors by the third baseman to leadoff the inning. With one out, sophomore Veronica Nelson was hit in the arm with a pitch to load the bases. Senior Paige Bowie then hit into a fielder's choice to score Morley from third and give the Bears a 1-0 lead.
Cal held the one-run lead until it's half of the third inning when it put two more runs on the board. In the inning, Dueï¿½as walked to leadoff the inning and advanced second on a ball hit by junior Candace Harper that was mishandled by the shortstop. With runners on first and second, Nelson singled up the middle to bring in Dueï¿½as from second and move Harper up one base. With two outs and Harper now on third after advancing to third on a fielder's choice hit by sophomore Eryn Manahan, sophomore Courtney Scott singled over the third baseman's head to bring in Harper to give Cal a 3-0 lead.
Oregon cut the Cal lead by two runs in the fourth on a Triawn Custer home run over the left field fence, driving in Missy Coe along the way, who singled to right field earlier in the inning.
The Bears held a minimal one-run lead until they came to the plate in the fourth. Sophomore Jen Deering led off the inning with a single to center and moved to second on an infield single by Morley. With runners on first and second, Dueï¿½as sacrificed the runners up one base each. Both Deering and Morley then came in to score on a line-drive single to right-center field by Harper. Nelson followed Harper and sent a shot over the right field fence for her 14th homer on the year (tying her single season home run record set last season) and driving in Harper to give Cal a 7-2 advantage.
Cal put two more runs on the board in the fifth. Scott and sophomore Mikella Pedretti walked to start the inning. Danielle Setiawan came in to run for Scott and both Setiawan and Pedrettimoved up a base each on a groundout hit by Deering. With two runners in scoring position, Morley and Dueï¿½as both singled to drive in Setiawan and Pedretti for a seven run Bears lead.
The Ducks tried to mount a comeback in their half of the sixth as Andrea Vidlund sent a home run over the right field fence, driving in Coe who reached on a fielder's choice earlier in the inning. Oregon now trailed with the eventual final, 9-4.
Senior Nicole DiSalvio pitched six strong innings for the Bears before giving way to Deering in the seventh. DiSalvio allowed just four runs on five Oregon hits, striking out eight and walking only two, to improve to 15-1 on the year. Deering faced the minimum in the seventh, including a strike out, ground out and a runner picked off second by Scott behind the plate.
Vidlund took the loss for the Ducks.
The Bears head to Sacramento on Wednesday when they take on Sacramento State in a non-conference doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Cal gets back into Pac-10 play when they head to Stanford, CA, to take on the No. 4 Cardinal at 3 p.m. Saturday, the Bears host the Cardinal in a doubleheader to begin at 1 p.m. Game one will be televised on Fox Sports Net.
Levine-Fricke Field, Berkeley, CA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H EOregon 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 4 5 3No. 5 California 1 0 2 4 2 0 X 9 10 1Pitching: Cal: DiSalvio, Deering (7) and Scott, Oregon: Vidlund, McMurren (4) and CoeHR: Custer (UO), Nelson (Cal, 14), Vidlund (UO)WP: DiSalvio (15-1) LP: Vidlund Save: NoneRecords: Cal (41-4, 2-3 Pac-10), Oregon (23-24, 1-5 Pac-10)