No. 7 Cal Falls to Top-Ranked UCLA, 3-0
March 29, 2003
The seventh-ranked California softball team was unable to produce a run Saturday afternoon against Pac-10 foe No. 1 UCLA, falling 2-0. With the loss, the Golden Bears drop to 29-8 (1-1 Pac-10) suffering their first loss of the season at home, while the Bruins improve to 30-2 (2-0 Pac-10).
Sophomore Kelly Anderson suffered the loss (3.2 innings, four hits, two earned runs, four walks, two strikeouts) falling to 11-4 for the season. Anderson received help from sophomore Cassie Bobrow (1.1 innings, two hits, one earned run, no walks, one strikeout) in the fourth. Senior hurler Jen Deering entered the circle in the top of the sixth, fanning three batters and allowing just one hit and no walks in 2.0 innings pitched. UCLA's Michelle Turner remains undefeated for the season with a 10-0 mark, as Cal scattered three hits of the freshman, allowing five walks and two strikeouts.
UCLA picked up its first two runs in the fourth. Stephanie Ramos led off the inning striking out, yet reached first base on the wild pitch that made its way to the backstop. Anderson gunned out the next two batters with a strike out and a ground out, but walked the next three consecutive batters to walk in the first run of the game. Next up at the plate, Caitlin Benyi ripped a line drive through the left side with the bases loaded, scoring Monique Mejia, to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Cal had runners on first and second, led off by a double from senior Courtney Scott to break up the no-hitter and Veronica Nelson's second intentional walk of the day. After a fly out for the first out of the inning, UCLA's catcher Emily Zaplatosch picked off pinch runner LeAnna Hoglen at second base for the second out, as the side retired with a strikeout before crossing the plate.
The Bruins' Claire Sua quickly spread the lead to 3-0 with an opposite field home run to lead off the fifth inning, her eighth of the season.
Cal rallied in the bottom of the seventh with a leadoff walk to center fielder Kaleo Eldredge. After a foul out to third base, sophomore Jessica Pamanian drilled a line drive through the left side to put runners at first and second. Turner was able to get the next two batters to foul out and strike out, to end the game and hand Cal its first Pac-10 loss of the year.
The Bruins collected seven hits to the Bears' three, leaving 10 runners on base to Cal's six. The combination of Anderson, Bobrow and Deering shutdown All-American Natasha Watley's 11-game hitting streak.
California hosts UCLA again tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Levine -Fricke Field.
Softball Results at Levine-Fricke FieldBerkeley, CA
UCLA 000 210 0 - 3 7 1California 000 000 0 - 0 3 2Turner and Zapplatosch. Anderson, Bobrow (4), Deering (6) and Scott.W - Turner (10-0). L - Anderson (11-4).HR - Sua, UCLA (8).
Records:UCLA: 30-2 (2-0 Pac-10)Cal: 29-8 (1-1 Pac-10)
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