Seventh-Ranked Defending Champs Open Pac-10 Play Blanking No. 2 Washington, 2-0
March 28, 2003
The seventh-ranked defending national champions opened up competitive Pac-10 play Friday afternoon blanking the second-ranked Washington Huskies, 2-0, at Levine-Fricke Field. The California Golden Bears improved to 29-7 (1-0 Pac-10) overall as the Huskies fall to 31-3-1 (0-1 Pac-10) for the season.
Freshman left fielder Lindsay James recorded the first run of the ball game, blooping a two-out pitch to shallow center field, just out of reach for the charging shortstop, second baseman and center fielder. Junior Eryn Manahan, returning after redshirting the 2002 season, easily scored from third, after reaching base off a leadoff line drive double and advancing to third off senior Kristen Morley's sacrifice bunt.
Senior Veronica Nelson led off the bottom of the sixth with a line drive base hit to right center. Pinch runner LeAnna Hoglen advanced to second off sophomore Kaleo Eldredge's ground out to the pitcher, reaching third base on a wild pitch. Shortstop Chelsea Spencer drilled the ball back up the middle, scoring Hoglen for the eventual final score of 2-0.
Cal's first scoring opportunity came in the bottom of the first, with runners on first and second off a Husky error and intentional walk to Nelson. Eldredge cranked a base hit to right field but Washington's Aimee Minor gunned the ball to the catcher, throwing out Vicky Galindo at the plate who was running from second, to end the inning.
Freshman hurler Kristina Thorson handed the Huskies their first shutout of the year, fanning five batters, allowing three hits and walking five to improve her record to 10-3 for the season (1-0 Pac-10).
'This was a great personal win for me,' said Thorson, a native of Lake Forest Park, Wash. '(Catcher) Courtney (Scott) called a great game.'
All-American Tia Bollinger tossed the loss, allowing six hits, two earned runs, one walk and two strikeouts while falling to 17-2 (0-1 Pac-10) for the year. Bollingers' only other defeat so far this season came from a 3-1 loss against Stanford at the Speedline Invitational.
Washington had runners in scoring position five times without crossing the plate. The Huskies threatened in the top half of the fifth, led off by a double from Sarah Hyatt, advancing to third on a two-strike count sacrifice bunt by Amy Hanson. With three straight pitches Thorson struck out Amanda Olesen, bringing Rita Roach up to the plate. Roach nailed a line drive toward the left side, as third baseman Galindo dove to her left to catch the stinging shot to end the inning. Washington threatened one last time in the seventh, with runners on first and second and two outs, but Thorson was able to get All-American Jaime Clark to fly out to center field to end the ballgame.
California left six runners on base to Washington's nine and out-hit the Huskies, 6-to-3.
Next up, the Bears host No. 1 UCLA Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. at Levine-Fricke Field. Five dollars for adults, three dollars for youth and seniors, and Cal students free with ID.
Softball Results at Levine-Fricke FieldBerkeley, CAWashington 000 000 0 - 0 3 2California 000 011 X - 2 6 0Bollinger and Rivera. Thorson and Scott. .W - Thorson (10-3) L - Bollinger (17-2).
Records:Washington 31-3-1 (0-1)California 29-7 (1-0)