No. 7 Cal Dominates Florida Atlantic, 10-2, Syracuse, 8-0
March 14, 2003
The seventh-ranked California softball team (21-6) dominated its opponents in day one of the Nike Blue and Gold Classic, eight-run ruling Florida Atlantic, 10-0, and Syracuse, 8-0, Friday afternoon at University Park in Miami, FL. Senior Veronica Nelson cranked her sixth home run of the season beyond the right-center fence in the fifth inning against Syracuse, producing her 153rd career RBI to tie Cal career RBI record holder Melanie McCart (1994-97). Nelson already holds the Cal career records for home runs (48), walks (332) and slugging percentage (.657).
Freshman Kristina Thorson got the starting nod on the mound against Syracuse (4-11), pitching 5.0 innings, allowing four hits and striking out five. Tara DiMaggio tossed 3.2 innings (6 hits, 5 runs, 2 BB's, 0 K's) for the Orangewomen before Haley Larsen headed to the circle to finish out the game (1.0 innings, 3 hits, 3 runs, 2 BB's 0 K's).
Cal cracked open its bats in the fourth, led off by a base hit up the middle by Nelson as Eryn Manahan sacrifice bunted pinch runner Linzi Wescott to second. Sophomores Jessica Pamanian and Kaleo Eldredge hit back-to-back singles to load the bases. Sophomore Chelsea Spencer grounded out to shortstop, scoring Wescott for the first run of the game. Designated player Kristen Morley ripped a two RBI single back up the middle, advancing to second on the throw to the plate. Third baseman Vicky Galindo hit a shot past the second baseman's reach, rolling out to right center as she wheeled around the bases for her third triple of the season, scoring Morley. Left fielder Lindsay James beat out an infield hit to put the score at 5-0. With two outs, senior Courtney Scott took a pitch deep to the center field warning track, but the ball stayed inside the ballpark for Syracuse to collect the third out.
After Nelson's leadoff home run in the fifth, Larsen walked Pamanian with one out. Next up, Spencer blasted her first collegiate triple, bringing in Pamanian. After a walk to Morley, Spencer took advantage of a wild pitch, dashing to home plate and scoring the winning run due to the eight-run-rule after five innings.
Against Florida Atlantic (13-16), sophomore hurler Kelly Anderson tossed 2.0 innings of perfect ball before senior Jen Deering headed to the mound to start off the third. Deering cranked out five strikeouts and was two outs away from a perfect game before the no-hitter was broken up in the fifth. With the loss, Candice Freel fell to 7-5 for the Owls, allowing eight hits, one earned run, three walks and one strikeout.
California scored all of its runs in the top of the third, capitalizing off four errors and six hits. With one out and runners on first and second, Scott roped a single to the left center gap, scoring Galindo. FAU committed two consecutive infield-fielding errors for the second run of the game. The next three runs came from bases loaded RBI singles from Pamanian and Spencer and center fielder Kaleo Eldredge being hit by the pitch. Designated player Kristen Morley reached on a fielder's choice, scoring Pamanian to put the score at 6-0. Leadoff hitter Vicky Galindo smacked her first double of the year to left field, collecting two RBI, advancing to third off a throw that landed in the dugout which also awarded Morley home. The 10th run came off the fourth fielding error in the inning before the Owls could fend off the last two outs, leaving two runners on base.
FAU squeezed by with two hits of Deering in the bottom of the fifth by Callie Piper and Pam Mazzarella, eventually scoring off a Cal fielding error for the final score of 10-2. The Bears left seven runners on base to the Owls' one.
Senior Mikella Pedretti roped her first collegiate triple in the fifth inning over the right fielder's head for Cal's second extra base hit of the game.
For the day, Cal was led offensively by Galindo's 4-for-6 performance (3 runs, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI) and Spencer's 3-for-6 showing (2 runs, 1 3B, 3 RBI).
Next up, Cal faces No. 24 Massachusetts and host Florida International tomorrow at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in day two of the Nike Blue and Gold Classic.
Softball Results at University ParkMiami, FLGAME 1California (20-6) 00(10) 00 - 10 9 1Florida Atlantic (13-16) 000 02 -2 2 5Anderson, Deering (3) and Scott. Freel and Piper.W - Deering (6-1). L - Freel (7-5).
GAME 2Syracuse (4-11) 000 00 - 0 4 0California (21-6) 000 53 - 8 9 0DiMaggio, Larsen (4) and Holowich. Thorson and Scott.W - Thorson (6-2). L - DiMaggio (3-6).HR- Nelson, Cal (6)