Seventh-ranked Golden Bears Blank a Pair of Teams at the Capital Classic

March 15, 2002

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - No. 7 California (27-8) completed pool play with a 4-0 record after shutting out both Kansas (11-9), 1-0, and Syracuse (8-8), 8-0, Friday in the second day of the 10th-annual Sacramento Capital Classic. The Golden Bears receive a first round bye in bracket play and face the winner of the game between the No. 3 seeds in pool B and C.

In the morning game, Cal scored a run in the second inning and held on for the victory as senior pitcher Jocelyn Forest pitched seven innings of shutout ball. She struck out seven batters and walked none, allowing just two Jayhawk base hits in her 12th complete game of the year.

In the bottom of the second, freshman Chelsea Spencer led off the inning with a single to center field. Jessica Vernaglia placed a sacrifice bunt towards the third baseline, moving Spencer to second. Spencer then advanced to third on Kelly Anderson's ground out to short. Freshman second baseman Jessica Pamanian slapped the Bears' second hit of the inning to bring in the lone run of the game.

Cal scored three runs each, in the first and second innings against Syracuse (8-8) to cruise to an 8-0 victory that ended early as a result of the run rule.

Junior Veronica Nelson, who homered last night in a win over Miami, blasted a three-run dinger, her sixth of the year, in the bottom of the first inning en route to a 2-for-2 performance.

Pamanian, who went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, smacked a double into deep center to score the seventh run of the game. The contest ended when freshman Kaleo Eldredge singled to center to bring in Roni Rodrigues from third.

Junior pitcher Jen Deering pitched a near flawless game, allowing just one hit on five strikeouts in five innings for her eighth complete game. At one point, with two outs, a runner on first and a full count on Cheryl Julicher, one of the Orangewomen's best hitters, Deering made the batter chase a pitch in the dirt for strikeout three and the end of Syracuse's only threat of the contest.

'I thought Jen threw one of the best games of the year,' said coach Diane Ninemire. 'She did a good job setting up batters and her ball was moving really well today.'

In four games at the Capital Classic, the Bears are hitting .340 with 36 hits and 24 runs. Seven players are batting at least .300 in pool play. Pamanian, in particular, has been hotwith a 9-for-12 (.750) performance thus far in the tournament.

'Jessica Pamanian has been doing really well this weekend,' said Ninemire. 'She's kept the eye on the ball and has done well with runners on base.'

With a bye in the first round of bracket play, Cal is slated to play the winner of the first round game between the No. 3 seeds of pool B and C at 1 p.m., Saturday at the Sacramento Softball Classic.

Softball Results at Sacramento Softball Complex
Sacramento, CA

Game 1 vs. Kansas (11-9)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H EKansas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0California 0 1 0 0 0 0 X 1 6 0

Win: Forest, Cal (10-5), C: ScottLoss: Campbell, KU (1-1) C: MusserHome Runs: None

Game 2 vs. Syracuse (5-7)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ESyracuse 0 0 0 0 0 X X 0 1 0California 3 3 0 0 2 X X 8 9 0

Win: Deering, Cal (8-1), C: ScottLoss: Brown, SU (1-5), C: KaempferHome Runs: Nelson, Cal (6)

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