Washington Softball Drops To California

May 9, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif.- The sixth-ranked Washington softball team (35-15) mustered just one hit against fourth-ranked California (43-11) this afternoon at Levine-Fricke Field en rout e to the 8-0 mercy-rule loss. Washington dips to 9-8 in the Pac-10, while Cal improves to 10-8.

Washington led off the top of the first inning with a single to left field by Dominique Lastrapes. After a UW strikeout, Sarah Hyatt drew a full-count walk to put runners on first and second. Kristen Rivera followed with a hard ground ball to the left side that Cal shortstop Chelsea Spencer backhanded and got the out at third. Dena Tyson then hit a hard ground ball to third that Vicky Galindo fielded and tagged the runner heading for third to end the threat.

California jumped out to the quick 3-0 lead in the bottom half of the inning with three hits, including a three-run home run by Haley Woods over the secondary fence in centerfield.

Washington swung the bats hard in the second frame but the Golden Bear defense made two solid plays to prevent a Husky base runner. Kathy Fiske led off the inning- lacing a line drive into centerfield. Outfielder Kaleo Elderedge ran straight back toward the warning track and lunged for the ball, making the catch and stealing the would-be double.

Amanda Oleson then belted a line drive to the left side that Spencer snagged with a vertical dive to her right. Cal hurler Kristina Thorson froze the next Husky on strikes to end the inning.

The Golden Bears extended their lead to 4-0 in the second with a solo home run by Roni Rodrigues to centerfield.

California scored two more runs in the third frame on one hit and two Washington errors to build a 6-0 lead. After a leadoff single by Jessica Pamanian, Cal loaded the bases on a hit by pitch, fielder's choice and walk. Galindo then lifted a high fly ball to shallow right field that second baseman Lastrapes lost in the sun. Centerfielder Courtney Jeffries charged in and but couldn't hang on for the lunging catch. Two runs scored on the play as all runners were running full out with two outs.

Thorson didn't allow a Washington base runner after the first inning, aided in the solid defense of the Bears.

California put the game away in the top of the sixth, scoring two runs on a double by Spencer to invoke the mercy-rule.

Thorson (21-3) earned the win for Cal as she allowed just one hit and struck out seven. Ashley Boek (24-10) took the loss for Washington as she allowed six runs on seven hits over three innings.

Washington wraps up the Pac-10 season in Seattle next week with games against Arizona State and Arizona. The weekend kicks off on Friday with a 1 p.m. game vs. the Sun Devils.

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