Softball Defeats Michigan To Advance In World Series

May 26, 2001

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The California Golden Bears scored five unanswered runs with the help of four Michigan Wolverine errors to advance in the loser's bracket of the Women's College World Series with a 5-2 win Saturday afternoon at Hall of Fame Stadium. With the win, the Bears move on to face their Pac-10 rival Stanford later this evening at 6 p.m. CDT, in another elimination game, with live coverage on ESPN2. Cal improves to 54-17 overall, while the Wolverines end their season with a 43-17-1 record.

Michigan got on the board first with two runs in the fourth on a two-run homer by Stefanie Volpe, driving in Melissa Taylor who led off the inning with a bunt single.

Cal cut the lead in half with a single run in its half of the fourth. Junior Candace Harper opened the inning with a walk followed by a Sophomore Veronica Nelson walk as well. After freshman Katie Andrew came in to run for Nelson, sophomore Eryn Manahan singled to right to load the bases, chasing Wolverine starter Marie Barda for Marissa Young. Harper then came in to score when senior Amber Phillips was hit in the arm by a Young pitch. The next three batters would be retired, stranding three Bears on base.

Cal would then take the lead for good with a pair of runs in the fifth. Senior Paige Bowie led off the inning with a single through the right side of the infield. Senior Pauline Due�as then sacrificed Bowie over, but in the meantime, Michigan catcher threw the ball away in the attempt to get Due�as at first, allowing Bowie to move to third and Due�as to reach base. Bowie later scored to tie the game on a sacrifice fly to left field by Harper. Nelson then drew her third of four walks on the day to load the bases. After a Manahan fly out to center, sophomore Courtney Scott came through with a two-out single to center, allowing Due�as to score the go-ahead run.

The Bears added two more runs in the sixth, giving them a 5-2 advantage. Due�as singled to right to drive in sophomore Jen Deering who reached on a fielder's choice while pinch hitting for sophomore Kristen Morley, and Bowie scored the final run from third after a fielding error by the Wolverine third baseman on a Manahan hit.

Junior Jocelyn Forest started in the circle for the Bears and went the first four innings, allowing two runs on four hits with three strikeouts before giving way to senior Nicole DiSalvio who earned the win, improving to 21-7 on the year. She allowed just three hits with two Ks.

Young took the loss in relief, falling to 21-8 in 2001.

The loss eliminates Michigan from the World Series.

Women's College World SeriesHall of Fame Stadium, Oklahoma City, Okla.	        1  2  3   4  5  6   7   R  H  EMichigan	0  0  0   2  0  0   0   2  6  4California	0  0  0   1  2  2   0   5  6  0Pitching: Cal: Forest, DiSalvio (5) and Scott,          Michigan: Barda, Young (4), Barda (6) and BugelHR: Volpe (Michigan),WP: DiSalvio (21-7)	LP: Young (21-8)	Save: None
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