No. 10 Cal Sweeps No. 15 Stanford, 1-0, 2-1
April 19, 2003
In a typical Pac-10 softball showdown, No. 10 California and No. 15 Stanford battled it out Saturday afternoon at Levine-Fricke Field, as the Golden Bears (38-12,7-5) swept the Cardinal (32-18, 4-8), 1-0, 2-1, to capture the three-game series. Cal third baseman Vicky Galindo hit the game-winning walk off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to edge the Bears past Stanford in the second game of the day.
In game two, Cal jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning that started with center fielder Kaleo Eldredge's two-out base hit to right field. Senior Courtney Scott drew a walk to place runners on first and second bringing Veronica Nelson up the plate. Nelson drilled a line drive to left scoring Eldredge from second.
Stanford tied the game in the fifth with a two-out rally, breaking up the no-hitter. Catalina Morris roped a stand-up triple to right center, scoring Katherine Hoffman who reached base on a walk.
Freshman Lindsay James led off the sixth inning with a base hit, advancing to second off Eldredge's intended sacrifice bunt that resulted in both runners being safe off a throwing error. After a fly out, Stanford chose to intentionally walk Nelson to load the bases. The Cardinal managed to get the next two batters out to leave the runners stranded.
Cal battled back in the seventh, led off by pinch hitter Jessica Vernaglia's base hit to right field. Designated player Kristen Morley followed it up with a single to left field. Galindo smacked a single to right center as Vernaglia easily scored from second to end the game.
Sophomore Kelly Anderson collected the win, improving to 16-6 (two hits, one earned run three walks, five strikeouts) as Stanford's Dana Sorensen suffered the loss, falling to 15-7 for the year (six hits, two earned runs, three walks, nine strikeouts).
Cal collected base hits from six different players, leaving a total of eight runners on base to Stanford's seven.
In the first game, Cal edged Stanford 1-0 despite collecting only two hits to four, scoring the lone run in the second inning. The Bears had runners at first and second with no outs off consecutive hits' batters to Scott and Nelson. Next up, Jessica Pamanian laid down a sacrifice bunt advancing the runners to second and third with Chelsea Spencer in the box. Spencer hit a grounder to Stanford's shortstop who tried to throw out Scott running to home, but Scott had a text-book slide to get past the catcher for an early 1-0 lead.
Stanford's best scoring opportunity came in the fourth with runners at the corners, but the side retired with a strike out to leave the runners stranded.
Freshman Kristina Thorson (11-5) fanned seven Cardinal batters, walking none as they scattered four hits off the righty. Tori Nyberg took the loss, falling to 13-8, allowing two walks, two strikeouts, one earned run and two hits.
Next up, California travels to UCLA Friday April 25 at 2 p.m.
Softball Results at Levine-Fricke FieldBerkeley, CAGAME 1Stanford 000 000 0 - 0 4 0California 010 000 X - 1 2 1Nyberg and Allister. Thorson and Scott.W - Thorson (11-5). L - Nyberg (13-8).
GAME 2Stanford 000 010 0 - 1 2 1California 100 000 1 - 2 6 4Sorensen and Allister, Nelson (5). Anderson and Scott.W - Anderson (16-6). L - Sorensen (15-7).
Records:Stanford: 32-18, 4-8Cal: 38-12, 7-5