No. 4 Bears Cruise Past No. 6 Washington, 3-1

May 8, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif. - No. 4 California brought its confidence back to Levine-Fricke Field Saturday afternoon to cruise past No. 6 Washington, 3-1, in Pac-10 action. Junior P Kelly Anderson (22-8) scattered two hits over seven innings and struck out six en route to her 22nd win this season.

'Kelly Anderson threw an outstanding game today,' said California head coach Diane Ninemire. 'She really kept their batters off the ball.'

Coming off its emotional win Friday over No. 3 UCLA, California (42-11 overall, 9-8 Pac-10) threatened the Huskies early, putting runners in scoring position in the first and second innings. But the Golden Bears had to wait until the third frame to get their first run on the board. Sophomore LF Lindsay James (2-for-4) led off with a bunt and advanced to second on a Washington (35-14 overall, 9-7 Pac-10) error before sophomore C Haley Woods laid down a sacrifice bunt to move James to third. Junior CF Kaleo Eldredge followed by reaching first on another Washington error that allowed James to score, making the score 1-0.

Runs in the fifth and sixth innings increased Cal's lead to 3-0. Eldredge flew a long solo home run over the right-field wall in the fifth and Woods hit an RBI single to right in the sixth to score junior 3B Vicky Galindo from second. Galindo had been hit by a pitch from junior P Ashley Boek (24-9) with two outs and advanced to second on a single to short by James. Boek took the loss for the Huskies, allowing six hits, four walks and two earned runs.

'Offensively, we executed very well, driving and hitting the ball,' said Ninemire. 'We put pressure on Washington in every inning.'

Junior C Kristen Rivera drew a walk to start the seventh inning for the Huskies and sophomore pinch runner Jessica Wilkinson, taking Rivera's place, moved up to second on an ensuing groundout before scoring Washington's lone run on a single to right by junior 3B Kathy Fiske. Anderson then regained control of the inning, forcing a foul ball flyout down the left-field line before striking out the game's final batter.

'Defensively, I thought we had a spectacular day,' said Ninemire. '(Senior 1B) Roni Rodrigues played great defense today. I really think things are clicking with her right now. Lindsay James also had a spectacular catch in left field and Kaleo Eldredge made a great diving attempt with our other outfielders right behind her to make the throw in.'

California and Washington conclude the conference series Sunday at 1 p.m. on Levine-Fricke Field. It will be the Bears' final home game of the 2004 season.

California Softball Result:Washington   000 000 1 - 1 2 3California   001 011 X - 3 6 0Boek and Rivera. Anderson and Woods.W - Anderson 22-8. L - Boek 24-9. Save - None.HR - Eldredge (Cal).

Records:Washington 35-14 (9-7 Pac-10)California 42-11 (9-8 Pac-10)

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