No. 21 Softball Falls 4-0 To No. 7 California

April 5, 2003

BERKELEY, Calif. - The seventh-ranked California Bears defeated No. 21 Oregon softball, 4-0, in front of 215 fans at Levine-Fricke Field in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday afternoon. With the win, Cal improves to 31-9 overall, 3-2 Pacific-10 Conference while Oregon falls to 18-10, 2-4. The two teams meet again tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.

Oregon freshman pitcher Amy Harris (6-7) - making her second start in as many games - picked up the loss for Oregon, while Cal sophomore Kelly Anderson improved to 13-4 with the win.

'I thought we came out strong again defensively and pitched well again,' Oregon head coach Kathy Arendsen said. 'We just need to be more consistent and string together strong offensive games in back to back appearances.'

California scored two runs in the bottom of third inning to go ahead., 2-0. With one out in the inning, sophomore Vicky Galindo hit a hard line drive and advanced to second on Lindsay James' hit back to Oregon first baseman Alyssa Laux. The Bears went on to rally with two outs as senior catcher Courtney Scott singled to advance Galindo to third base and Oregon intentionally walked first baseman Veronica Nelson to load the bases. Kaleo Eldredge drove in Galindo and Scott with a single to shallow left field to put California ahead after three innings of play.

The Bears extended their lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning after a two-RBI double to deep center field by Eldredge that scored James and pinch runner Jessica Vernaglia. Oregon junior pitcher Anissa Meashintubby then replaced sophomore Lindsey Kontra who had come in for Harris in the third inning. Meashintubby retired the side by striking out Eryn Manahan and forcing Jessica Pamanian to ground out.

Oregon seniors Andrea Vidlund and Janell Bergstrom accounted for Oregon's only two hits of the game.

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