No. 7 Cal Travels to Sacramento Classic With 11-Game Win Streak
March 18, 2003
WHAT'S ON TAP: After two consecutive tournament titles, the defending National Champions complete their six-week road trip at the 11-team Sacramento Capital Classic. Riding an 11-game winning streak, California squares off against Long Island Thursday, March 20 at 5 p.m. to kick off the four-day tournament.
THE FIELD: The Sacramento Capital Classic features Eastern Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, Long Island University, Morehead State, host Sacramento State, UNLV, Utah, Utah State and Washington.
SCOUTING CAL'S OPPONENTS: LIU enters this weekend with a 4-9 record, recently losing to Pacific, 3-0. Cal leads the series 1-0, defeating the Blackbirds in 2001, 7-1. The Colonels boast a 10-4 mark and a team .259 BA . This is the first meeting the Bears will have with Eastern Kentucky. The Aggies (2-14) have two players batting above .300: Quela Henderson (.349, 15-for-43) and Amanda Carlson (.333, 11-for-33) as opponents have outscored them 104 runs to 29. The Bears defeated Utah State 4-1 last season, holding an 8-6 all-time series lead. UNLV (13-17) posts a team .214 BA and 3.86 ERA, recently falling to Arizona (3-0) and Arizona State (2-1). Cal leads the series, 7-5. The Iowa Hawkeyes are also riding an 11-game winning streak, led by the bats of Kristin Johnson (.386 BA, 11-13 SB), Christi Schmaltz (.333BA, 3 HR) and Jessica Bashor (.310 BA, 4 HR). The Bears hold an 9-7 all-time edge on Iowa. Cal faces Illinois for only the second time, blanking them 8-0 in five innings last season, assisted by a perfect game on the mound from Cassie Bobrow.
BEARS WIN SECOND STRAIGHT TOURNEY: Playing four games in less than 24 hours in Miami heat, California claimed its second straight tournament title, emerging as the Nike Blue and Gold Classic champs with a 4-0 record. Due to heavy Florida rains, the third day of the tourney was cancelled, awarding the Bears the crown since they were the only undefeated team of the six participating squads. Cal plated 29 runs to its opponents' seven, while out-hitting its foes, 33-12. On day one, the Bears rolled by Florida Atlantic, 10-2, and Syracuse, 8-0, in five-inning games. The Orangewomen could only muster up four hits against Kristina Thorson, as the right-hander fanned five batters with no walks. Cal knocked off its only ranked opponent for the weekend, edging No. 24 UMass 6-4, highlighted by senior Courtney Scott's two RBI dinger in the first inning. The Bears proceeded to top host Florida International, 5-1, lashing out seven hits in the win. Thorson finished the weekend with a 2-0 record and 0.00 ERA, granting no walks, five hits and fanning seven batters in 9.2 innings.
VICKY GALINDO NAMED BLUE AND GOLD MVP: Third baseman Vicky Galindo was named the Nike Blue and Gold Classic MVP, leading the Bears' bats with a .538 BA (7-for-13, 3 runs, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 RBI). The leadoff batter is on a six-game hitting streak, leading the team with nine stolen bases and three triples. Shortstop Chelsea Spencer (5-for-11, .455 BA, 3 runs, 5 hits, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 BB) and designated player Kristen Morley (2-for-5, .400 BA, 2 runs, 3 RBI, 5 BB's) were named to the all-tournament team, contributing to the team's .327 overall BA.
NELSON TIES CAREER RBI LEADER: Senior Veronica Nelson's solo home run versus Syracuse marked her 153rd career RBI, tying Cal career RBI record holder Melanie McCart (1994-97). Nelson already holds the Cal career records for home runs (48), walks (334) and slugging percentage (.652).
ANDERSON TOSSES SECOND NO-HITTER OF SEASON: Kelly Anderson recorded her second no-hitter of the season Saturday against host Florida International, facing 24 batters, whiffing eight, allowing three walks and one unearned run in the 5-1 win. Anderson is the 13th pitcher in Cal history to toss two or more no-hitters in a single season. The last time the feat was accomplished was in 2001 by 2002 World Series MVP Jocelyn Forest when she blanked UC Riverside (1-0) and tossed a five-inning perfect game versus Harvard (8-0).
TRUCKIN': Head coach Diane Ninemire's arm must be tired from coaching third base this season and waving Cal runners to home plate. To date, the Bears have produced 154 runs to their opponents' 40, including a 49-10 run in the past two championship tourneys.
FOURTH TIME'S A CHARM: Of its 154 runs scored in just 29 games this season, Cal has crossed home plate the most times in the fourth inning with 33 runs. The Bears have produced 32 in the fifth, 28 in the third, 18 in the second, 17 in the first, 16 in the seventh, nine in the sixth and one in the eighth. Defensively, Cal has allowed the most runs in the fifth (13), while allowing no runs in the second inning.
BEAR BITS: When outscoring its' opponents by five or more runs, Cal holds a 14-1 record, a 2-1 mark when winning by two runs and a 3-4 record in one-run games ... 24 of Kelly Anderson's 100 strikeouts have been looking ... as a team, Cal has fanned 210 batters to its' opponents 91 for a 7.56 strikeout per game ratio ... against lefties, Kristina Thorson has allowed only nine hits in 65 at bats ... Vicky Galindo is batting .500 (15-for-30) with runners on base ... as a leadoff batter, Lindsay James has reached base 15 of 26 times (.577) ... Kaleo Eldredge is 8-for-15 (.533 BA) with runners in scoring position.
CAL VERSUS RANKED TEAMS: The Bears are 7-4 versus ranked teams, outscoring their opponents', 45-23 against ranked teams. Cal boasts a .262 BA while its opponents are hitting .163 against the Bears' pitching staff.
INSIDE THE HEAD OF AN ALL-AMERICAN: First baseman Veronica Nelson writes a weekly journal entry posted on the calbears website, Roni's Remarks. It can be found at: http://calbears.ocsn.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/nelson-index.html.
NOTE: Cal's scheduled home game against Santa Clara April 23rd has been moved to April 16th. Game time remains at 2 p.m.