No. 8 Cal Sweeps Opponents in Day One of NIST
March 7, 2003
Sophomore Kelly Anderson tossed a two-hitter to lead No. 8 California past Sacramento State, 4-0, Friday evening in game two of the 17th annual National Invitational Softball Tournament held at the Twin Creeks Sports Complex in Sunnyvale. In the first game of the day, the Golden Bears edged No. 24 Minnesota, 3-2, entering day two of the three-day NIST with a 16-6 overall record and a No. 1 seed in their pool.
Anderson improved her record to 7-3 with the win against the Hornets, just five outs away from a perfect game. The righty gave up a single to left field with one out in the sixth and one more base hit in the bottom of the seventh, dominating Sacramento with seven strikeouts, while allowing just one walk and two hits. Brianne Ferguson took the loss (4 hits, 4 runs, 3 BB's, 8 K's) as the Hornets fall to 14-6 on the year.
Cal started its scoring in the third with two runs, beginning with a one-out double down the left field line by sophomore Chelsea Spencer. Next up, senior Kristen Morley ripped her first of two hits of the game, scoring Spencer on a fielding error by the Hornet's first baseman. Lindsay James cranked a two-out base hit, as Morley raced home from second base, taking advantage of a fielding error by the centerfielder.
The Bears extended its lead in the fifth when senior Courtney Scott took four balls with the bases loaded to walk in Morley. First baseman Veronica Nelson added another insurance run, crushing a sacrifice fly to deep left field, scoring third baseman Vicky Galindo to put the score at 4-0.
Right-hander Kristina Thorson collected the win (4-2) against Minnesota, tossing four innings (3 hits, 2 runs, 2 BB's, 5 K's). Anderson came in for relief in the fifth, receiving her first save of the year after dominating the Minnesota bats, allowing just one hit in three innings while striking out two and walking two. Piper Martin suffered the loss (5-3) getting the starting nod on the mound (5 hits, 3 runs, 3 BB's, 4 K's) before Lyn Peyer entered the game in the fifth (1 hit, 2 K's) for the Golden Gophers.
Minnesota put the first run on the board in the fourth, receiving two consecutive walks to lead off the inning. With runners on second and third, Minnesota attempted the suicide squeeze, bunting to Nelson at first base who gunned out the runner out at home. With two outs, Lindsey Erickson roped a single to left field, scoring the Gopher's first run.
The Bears answered in the bottom of the inning with three runs of their own. Scott and Nelson led off with back-to-back singles, followed by a walk to Eryn Manahan to load the bases. With one out, sophomore Kaleo Eldredge roped a stinging shot past the second baseman, scoring two runs to take the lead Cal would not relinquish. Spencer blasted a line drive sacrifice fly to dead center, bringing in Jessica Pamanian for the Bears' third run of the game.
Minnesota's Anne Thul led off the fifth with a solo homer over the left center fence, her second dinger of the year, to narrow Cal's lead to 3-2. The Gopher's threatened in the top of the seventh, as Anderson walked the tying run on base with two outs, but quickly ended the momentum as she got the next batter out to end the game.
The Bears return to action tomorrow, Mar. 8 at noon, taking on Georgia Tech in day two of the NIST. Cal will play at 4 p.m. with a win against Georgia Tech, and 2 p.m. with a loss.
Softball Results at Twin CreeksSunnyvale, CAGAME 1Minnesota (10-5-1) 000 110 0 - 2 4 0California (15-6) 000 300 X - 3 6 0Marten, Peyer (5) and Thul. Thorson, Anderson (5) and Scott. W - Thorson (4-2). L - Marten (5-3). S - Anderson (1)HR - Thul, Minnesota (2).
GAME 2California (16-6) 002 020 0 - 4 4 0Sacramento St. (14-6) 000 000 0 - 0 2 4Anderson and Scott. Ferguson and Coyne. W - Anderson (7-3). L - Ferguson.