Softball Falls To California, 3-1

May 8, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif.- The sixth-ranked Washington softball team (35-14) dropped a 3-1 decision to fourth-ranked California (42-11) this afternoon at Levine-Fricke Field. The Huskies drop to 9-7 in the Pac-10, while the Golden Bears improve to 9-8.

California threatened in the top of the first inning, loading the bases with a Lindsay James single to left, an error and a walk. Jessica Pamanian then lined out to Amanda Oleson at shortstop and Oleson doubled Kaleo Elderedge off first base to end the inning.

Kristen Rivera led off the second inning with a double off the right-centerfield wall and advanced to third on a ground ball to the right side. Rivera then got caught in a run down between third and home on a ground ball to the second baseman and was tagged out on the play. Another Husky ground ball to the right side closed out the inning.

The Golden Bears got on the scoreboard in the third inning, scoring one run on two Husky errors. James led off with a drag bunt and moved to second with a throwing error on the play. Haley Woods sacrificed James to third and James scored on a UW fielding error.

California added to its lead in the fifth with a solo home run by Elderedge over the right field wall to make the score 2-0.

Golden Bear hurler Kelly Anderson allowed just two base runners between the third and sixth innings, intentionally walking Rivera in the fourth and hitting Rita Roach with a pitch in the sixth.

California added an insurance run in the sixth inning with two outs. Vicky Galindo was hit by a pitch and moved to second on an infield single by James. Woods then drove a single into right field to score Galindo and take a three run lead heading into the seventh.

Washington battled in the top of the seventh as Rivera walked and was replaced by pinch runner Jessica Wilkinson. Wilkinson advanced to second on a ground out to the right side and scored on a single to right field by Kathy Fiske.

Anderson closed out the game with a pop-up and strikeout to finish the game with a two-hitter.

Ashley Boek (24-9) takes the loss for Washington as she scattered six hits and struck out four. Anderson (22-8) picked up the win as she held Washington to two hits and struck out six.

Washington and California wrap-up the series Sunday with a game at 1 p.m.

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