No. 8 Softball Falls To No. 6 California, 3-2
April 28, 2002
BERKELEY, Calif. - Three Husky fielding errors in the fourth inning led to all three California runs, as the No. 8 Washington softball team fell to No. 6 California, 3-2, Sunday at Levine-Fricke Field. With the loss, the UW fell to 39-15 overall and 8-7 in the Pac-10, while the Golden Bears improved to 45-16 and 9-6 in conference play.
California pitcher Jocelyn Forest kept the Husky offense off the scoreboard for the first three innings, striking out eight batters. In the fourth, the UW loaded the bases without getting a hit, as Amanda Oleson (Agoura Hills, Calif.) and Steph Nicholson (Tucson, Ariz.) both walked and Courtney Jeffries (Eugene, Ore.) was hit by a pitch. With two outs, Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) lofted a pop fly into shallow right field, which could have been caught by either the second baseman or right fielder. The two, however, miscommunicated on the ball, allowing it to drop between them and Oleson and Jeffries to score on the play.
Defensive errors, however, were not limited to one side, as the Golden Bears answered back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Cal got the bases loaded as a result of a pair of walks and a fielder's choice all with no outs. Catcher Courtney Scott then hit a hard line drive to straight-away center field, but UW's Rita Roach was in the right place at the right time, catching the ball and tossing it to second to double up Candace Harper at second base.
After UW pitcher Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) walked Jessica Pamanian to load the bases again, Chelsea Spencer bounced a short roller at Husky third baseman Kathy Fiske. Fiske, however, misfired to first as two Cal runners came home. Unfortunately, the play did not end there as rightfielder Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.), who was covering on the play, threw the ball into the Bear dugout, allowing the third run to score.
After the two-run fourth, Forest picked up right where she left off, striking out seven of the final 12 batters. Forest finished with 17 strikeouts in the game to move to 20-10 overall, while Bollinger, who gave up just three hits in the complete game, fell to 17-8 in 2002.
Washington heads to Oregon and Oregon State for its final Pac-10 road trip of the season, beginning with a single game in Corvallis against the Beavers, May 3.