No. 2 Seed Cal Crushes No. 3 Seed Michigan, 9-0
May 16, 2003
ANN AROR, MICH. - No. 2-seeded California scored four runs in the first inning and added five more in the third en route to a 9-0, five-inning victory against third-seeded Michigan Friday afternoon in NCAA Tournament Region 7 action at Alumni Field on the University of Michigan campus.
With the win, Cal improves to 43-18. Michigan falls to 41-15
The Golden Bears worked through three Wolverine pitchers and wasted little time in getting to them. Vicky Galindo led off the game with a double down the left field line. Courtney Scott and Veronica Nelson hit back-to-back singles and Haley Woods followed with a double to the right field fence. And that was it for Michigan starter Nicole Motycka who lasted just 1/3 of an inning, allowing four runs on three hits. Marissa Young came on in relief and her first pitch was a hard single down the right field line by Kaleo Eldredge. Cal sent 10 batters to the plate in the opening inning.
With two outs and runner on first in the bottom of the third, Kristen Morley hit a shot toward second baseman Tiffany Haas who mishandled the ball, allowing the runners to advance to second and third. Galindo followed with a single to plate both runs and advanced to second on the play at the plate. Lindsay James reached first after being hit by Young. Jennie Ritter came to the mound to face Scott who promptly blasted a three-run shot to straightaway centerfield. The Bears scored five unearned runs in the frame on just two hits.
Michigan's only real scoring threat came in the third inning as the Wolverines loaded the bases with a pair of singles and a walk. But with one out, Monica Schock lined a ball just foul of the third baseline that Galindo caught on a dive. As she was coming to the ground, her glove landed on top of Haas' foot for the inning-ending double play.
Kelly Anderson and Kristina Thorson, both seeing action in their first NCAA postseason, combined for their second shutout in as many days. Anderson went three innings allowing just four hits to pick up the win and improve her record to 18-10. Thorson threw the final two innings and gave up just one base hit.
Six Cal players combined for eight hits in the game. Scott went 2-for-3 in the game with four RBI and a pair of runs scored. Galindo went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI and as many runs scored.
Today's game marked the first time since a six-inning 8-0 loss to DePaul May 19, 2000, that Michigan has been defeated by mercy rule on its home field.
Dating back to last year, Cal has not allowed a run in its last five-plus NCAA Tournament games, a total of 33 consecutive innings. The Bears posted shutouts in their final three College World Series games en route to their first national championship last year as well a pair to open regional play.
Cal advances in the winners bracket to face top-seeded DePaul (a 4-1 winner over Notre Dame Friday) Sat., May 17 at 2:30 p.m. ET. The winner of that contest will move into the championship game Sun., May 18 at 12 noon ET.
***Due to scoring changes implemented after the conclusion of Cal's first round game against Oakland, two plays that had been ruled errors were changed to hits giving the Bears a total of 17 hits for the contest, their highest hit total of the season.
NCAA Softball Results at Alumni FieldAnn Arbor, Mich.
Michigan 000 00 - 0 5 2California 405 0X - 9 8 0Motycka, Young (1), J. Ritter (3) and Schock. Anderson, Thorson (4) and Scott.W - Anderson (18-10). L - Motycka (17-10).HR- Cal: Scott (7). 2B- Cal: Galindo, Woods. Mich: Young.
Records:Michigan: 41-15Cal: 43-18
POST GAME COMMENTS
California head coach Diane Ninemire
On the game: 'I think it was an outstanding game that we played today. We knew going into it that it was going to be tough. Michigan is a great team with great pitching and good hitters. We really had to come out and play our best game today. I was so proud of way our players came out that first inning and made a statement that they were here to play. Vicky Galindo led the charge today and got us going, and we never looked back. My players are here to play. We can only control what our team does. We're coming out and playing to the best of our abilities. I think today was an example of that.'
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