No. 3 Cal Sweeps Saint Mary's, 8-2, 8-1
Feb. 9, 2003
The No. 3 California softball team outscored Saint Mary's 16-3 in today's doubleheader at Levine-Fricke Field, winning 8-2, 8-1. The Golden Bears improve their record to 7-0, while the Gaels fell to 3-5. Carrying over from the 2002 season, the Bears have now won 18 consecutive games.
In game one, the winning pitcher was senior Jen Deering (3-0), tossing 5.0 innings with two hits, two runs, no walks and seven strikeouts. The losing pitcher for Saint Mary's was Jordon Larsen (1-1, 4.0 innings, eight hits, seven runs, two walks, no strikeouts). Cal received superb pitching from sophomore Cassie Bobrow (2.0 innings, one hit, no runs, no walks, five strikeouts).
The Bears performed a text-book first inning, defensively shutting down the first three Saint Mary's batters and offensively, scoring two runs. Lindsay James led off with a single, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Kristen Morley, advancing James to third. Next up, Kaleo Eldredge hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Morley. All-Pac-10 Veronica Nelson followed it up with her second home run of the year, blasting the ball over the left field fence.
The Gaels scored their only runs in the top of the fourth, off a two RBI double by Jennifer Arnold.
In the second game, sophomore Kelly Anderson pitched four perfect innings (eight strikeouts) before freshman Kristina Thorson came in for relief. Thorson dominated the Gaels' bats as did Anderson, shutting down nine of the ten batters faced (six strikeouts). Saint Mary's Claudia Williams hit a dinger over the left field fence to put the Gaels' only run of the game on the board, and ruining Cal's perfect pitching game.
The Bears scored six of their eight runs in the fourth inning off four hits and one error. Senior catcher Courtney Scott, sophomore third baseman Vicky Galindo and center fielder Eldredge knocked in RBI singles, while the other two runs were scored off fielder choices.
Woods went 4-for-7 for the day, collecting two runs and three RBI, including doubles in each of her three at-bats in game one. Junior Eryn Manahan went 4-for-5 with two runs, one double and one RBI and sophomore Kaleo Eldredge batted .500 (2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI). Senior Veronica Nelson's home run in her first at bat of the day gave reason for Saint Mary's to walk her in her next five at-bats. After seven games, Nelson has already been walked 15 times.
The Bears hit the road for six straight weekends before playing at home again. First up for Cal is the UNLV Tournament, Feb. 14-16. The Bears face Purdue and Texas Tech at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively, Friday at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park in the 16-team tournament.
Softball Results at Levine-Fricke FieldBerkeley, CAGAME 1Saint Mary's 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 -2 3 1California 2 0 2 0 4 0 x -8 12 1
GAME 2Saint Mary's 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 -1 1 1California 1 0 0 6 0 1 x -8 9 0
Records:Saint Mary's: 3-5Cal: 7-0