Softball Suffers Tough 1-0 Loss To No. 4 California
April 16, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. - With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, California's Jessica Pamanian single home the lone run of the game as the Arizona State softball team (30-19; 0-5 Pac-10) suffered another tough 1-0 defeat to No. 4 California (37-6; 4-3 Pac-10) Friday in Berkeley.
The Devils had an excellent change to break on top in the first inning off Cal pitcher Kelly Anderson (20-5). With one out, Trisha Tornberg ripped a 3-0 pitch to centerfield for a triple. Phelan Wright and Valerie Sevilla each walked to load the bases, but Ashley Werschky grounded into a 1-2-3 double play to end the threat.
Cal looked to go up in the second off two ASU fielding errors. Pamanian reached on a fielding error and was then forced out at second on a fielder's choice by Chelsea Spencer. Roni Rodriguez followed with a single to left for two on. Werschky then struck out the next batter for the second out. However, Alex Sutton reached on another fielding error to load the bases. Werschky then got leadoff hitter Vicky Galindo to ground out to second to end the inning.
Cal again looked to score first again, this time in the fifth inning. Galindo singled to right field, just over Jennifer McCard's glove. Lindsay James then reached second on another ASU fielding error, a two-base error to put Galindo on third. After that, Bre DeSanta (9-8) relived Werschky in the circle. Eldredge then reached on a catcher's interference to load the bases once again. But DeSanta mixed her pitches well as she got Haley Woods and Pamanian to each strikeout to end the threat.
But the Devils luck couldn't last as Cal scored once in the bottom of the seventh to seal the win. Galindo leadoff with a sharp double down the left field line, right over the third base bag. James moved Galindo to third on a ground out to second. DeSanta then got Eldgridge to also ground out to second for the second out. Woods was then walked to bring up Pamanian, who took the first pitch she saw into left field to score Galindo and end the game.
Up next, the Devils will head over to Palo Alto to face Stanford on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.