Bears Face Florida State in Second Round of WCWS

May 24, 2002

Who: California (53-19) vs. Florida State (54-18)
What: 2002 Women's College World Series
When: 2 p.m. (PST)
Where: ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, Oklahoma City
Television: ESPN2 (Live)

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Cal Establishing a Winning Tradition: The Golden Bears are one game shy of tying the school record for victories. The 2001 squad collected 54 on their way to a fifth place finish in the Women's College World Series. Head coach Diane Ninemire's club has accumulated 207 wins in the last four years, including 51 in 1999 when Cal placed third overall in the WCWS, the highest finish in school history.

Golden Bears Excel Down the Stretch: The Bears' current string of eight victories is the second longest winning streak this year. Cal's longest winning streak spanned 11 games between Feb. 15-24. The Bears have peaked at the right time of the last couple years. Last season, after finishing the Pac-10 season 7-14 (seventh place), Cal went 4-2, including a win over Florida State in the NCAA Regional, to advance to its third consecutive WCWS. In 2000, the Bears went to Fresno State for the regional, going 4-1 after finished 6-15 in conference play.

Cal Duo Reaches '100' Records: Senior Jocelyn Forest and junior Veronica Nelson each reached personal milestones Thursday against Oklahoma. Forest, who is second to four-time All-American Michele Granger in virtually every pitching category at Cal, collected her 100th career win. She is the only Cal pitcher next to Granger (119) to do so. Nelson took her 100th free pass of the season against the Sooners. She walked three times Thursday. Last week, in the regional, the Oakland native broke the NCAA single season walk mark against Stanford on May 17 with her 94th base on ball. She has set the record each of her three years as a collegian. As a freshman, Nelson walked 87 times and in her sophomore season she took 93 free passes.

Forest (On) Fire: Two-time second team All-American Jocelyn Forest struck out 14 or more batters for the seventh time this season against Oklahoma, Thursday. She now has 360 this year and needs just five more to eclipse her single season record, which is also the third best one-season strikeout tally in Cal history. Michele Granger owns the top two spots with a 484 total in 1993 and a 463 tally in 1991. Forest has won her last seven starting assignments.

Harper Update: With a RBI single in Thursday's game vs. OU, senior Candace Harper is just nine hits shy of Cal All-American and 1996 Olympian Gillian Boxx (274). Harper's 265 hits are second all-time at Cal. The Stockton native, who has played in all but one of her collegiate games, is also first all-time in career games (290), at-bats (865), doubles (49) and total bases (386). In all, Harper is among the top five in eight of 10 career offensive categories.

Another Runner Bites the Dust: Junior catcher Courtney Scott likes to keep things clean. That includes the base paths when the Bears are on defense. Opponent base runners beware, Scott, a second team All-Pac-10 selection, has gunned down 23 of 45 (.511) would-be base stealers this season. In the postseason, Scott has 'erased' 3 of 4 runners, including Oklahoma's Kaycee Clark, who attempted to swipe third base in the top of the second inning, Thursday.

Seminoles in Bears Path ... Again: For teams on opposite corners of the continent, these two squads seldom play one another during the regular season, but when the postseason comes calling, Cal and Florida State have faced each other on more than a few occasions. The Bears have the all-time edge in postseason play, going 3-1 against the Seminoles, including a 1-0 mark in the WCWS. Perhaps the most notable meeting between the two schools came just last season in the NCAA Regional hosted by none other than FSU. Cal encountered the Seminoles twice in that tournament, dropping its first game to FSU, 2-1. In the 'if necessary game' of the regional final, the Bears battled the host team in a 10-inning dogfight. Down 2-1 in the bottom of the 10th inning, Cal came back to win on junior Kristen Morley's two-out, two-run double to left center that brought in Eryn Manahan (redshirting 2002) and now-graduated Amber Phillips, to advance to the WCWS.

Injury Update: Junior designated player Mikella Pedretti, who sustained a moderate ankle sprain while sliding into home in the fourth inning against OU, is probable for today's game vs. FSU.

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