No. 3 Cal Dominates Texas Tech, 7-0
Feb. 14, 2003
The defending softball National Champions chipped away 16 hits Friday evening at the UNLV Tournament, dominating Texas Tech, 7-0, in its second of five scheduled games at the 16-team tournament hosted by UNLV. With the win, No. 3 Cal remains undefeated in 2003, improving its record to 9-0, as the Lady Raiders fall to 6-8 for the season.
Senior Jen Deering pitched 6.0 innings for the win (4-0, three hits, three walks, eight strikeouts), relieved by Kristina Thorson in the seventh (one walk, two strikeouts). Kristina Blair took the loss for Texas Tech (2-3, 16 hits, seven runs, five walks, two strikeouts).
Cal scored its first run in the top of the first, led off by a single from Lindsay James placed just beyond the Texas Tech's second baseman's reach. With one out, junior Eryn Manahan drove the ball back up the middle, scoring James from second.
In the third, the Bears collected two insurance runs off four hits. Senior Veronica Nelson, who was announced earlier today by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) as one of the players to watch for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, drove in James and Kristen Morley off a line drive to the left centerfield gap, increasing Cal's lead to 3-0.
Cal threatened again in the fourth, loading the bases by singles from Chelsea Spencer and Kaleo Eldredge and a walk to Morley, but left the ducks on the pond to retire the side with the Lady Raiders' centerfielder catching a ball hit deep by Jessica Pamanian.
The Bears extended their lead in the sixth to 5-0 off four hits. Third baseman Vicky Galindo led off the inning with a base hit, brought in by James' single. The Lady Raiders walked Nelson to load the bases but were faced with freshman Haley Woods, who singled, bringing in James. Cal added two more runs in the seventh off two hits.
James batted 3-for-5 (three runs, RBI), Woods hit 2-for-4 with one RBI, Spencer batted 3-for-4 and Nelson knocked in two RBI (1-for-3, two walks).
Cal will be playing No.4t Nebraska Saturday morning at 9 a.m. followed by a 4:30 p.m. game versus Portland State at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park in Henderson, NV.
Softball Results at Stephanie Lynn Craig ParkHenderson, NVGAME 2California 102 002 2 -7 16 1Texas Tech 000 000 0 -0 3 1Deering (8), Thorson (2) and Woods. Blair (2) and Sigala. W -Deering (4-0) L - Blair (2-3).
Records:California: 9-0Texas Tech: 6-8
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