No. 2 California (22-2) Competes at the Capital Classic

March 17, 2005


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This Week:Capital Classic TournamentMarch 18 vs. Portland State (4-11), 10:00 a.m.March 18 vs. Northwestern (13-6), 3:00 p.m.March 19 vs. BYU (15-2), 10:00 a.m.March 19 vs. Iowa (21-4), 3:00 p.m.March 20 vs. Illinois (12-7), 9:00 a.m.All games at the Sacramento Softball Complex.

Tournament Schedule:
2005 Capital Classic Tournament

WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 2 California softball team faces two familiar 2005 opponents and three other squads at the Capital Classic Tournament in Sacramento, March 18-20. Cal opens play against Portland State (4-11), who the Bears defeated 8-0 on March 3, and Northwestern (13-6) on Friday. The Bears resume action Saturday against BYU (15-2) and Iowa (21-4), which Cal beat 7-2 on March 12. Cal completes tournament action against Illinois (12-7) on Sunday. All games are at the Sacramento Softball Complex.

STREAKY HITTER: Left fielder Lindsay James has always been a solid producer for the Bears as the second hitter in the lineup and the 2005 season has been no exception. With All-American third baseman Vicky Galindo sidelined the last 12 games due to injury, James is leading the Bears with a .427 batting average that included a team-high 13-game hitting streak from Feb. 26-March 12. James, who batted .489 during that streak, also led Cal in 2004 with a marathon 28-game hitting streak. The junior is providing invaluable support to center fielder Kaleo Eldredge, who is hitting leadoff in Galindo's stead. Prior to Galindo's departure, James was hitting .375. Behind Eldredge, James is batting .488.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Portland State (4-11), led by catcher Rose Rutledge's .321 average, has been outscored 30-6 in dropping it's last five games ... sophomore hurler Eileen Canney leads Northwestern with an 8-2 record and a 0.88 ERA while sophomore first baseman Garland Cooper is hitting .423 for the Wildcats (13-6), who defeated No. 3 Stanford, 6-1, on March 5 ... senior catcher Lauren Watson-Perry leads BYU (15-2) and the Mountain West Conference in hits (28) and batting average (.491) while junior third baseman Ashlyn Russell is tops in home runs (8) ... 21-4 Iowa has won 12 of it's last 13 games and Cal has already seen it's top hurlers: Lisa Birocci (12-3, 0.99), who was credited with the loss in Cal's 7-2 victory, and Ali Arnold (8-1, 1.12), who started the March 12 game ... Illinois has five players batting .308 or better, led by senior outfielder LeeAnn Butcher's .391 clip ... Cal is 42-13 all-time against this weekend's opponents.

WEEK IN REVIEW (3/11-3/13): The Bears posted a 4-1 record at the National Invitational Softball Tournament in Sunnyvale, Calif., falling to No. 24 Arizona State in the title game, 1-0. Cal opened the competition with wins against Santa Clara (4-1) and Princeton (3-0). Junior Kristina Thorson (11-1) picked up back-to-back victories against Sacramento State (8-1) and Iowa (7-2) on day No. 2, while Eldredge hit for a collective cycle. Cal's run came to an end March 13 as Sun Devils' starter Katie Burkhart held the Bears to three hits and sophomore first baseman Sharee Zaleski's fifth-inning home run provided the final margin of victory.

UNC SHUFFLE: St. Francis' departure from the Carolina Classic (25-27) has altered Cal's tournament schedule. The Bears still open against Harvard and play Coastal Carolina on March 25 but now contest a doubleheader against host North Carolina on March 26. Cal faces Penn State on Easter Sunday before heading home.

MORE TV TIME: The Cal-UCLA rivalry will gain more exposure as it was announced this week that the April 29 game between the two schools was added to the ESPNU broadcast schedule. Fox Sports is already slated to air the April 9 matchup in Berkeley via tape delay on April 10.

UPON FURTHER REVIEW: Cal senior Kelly Anderson was credited with two victories after scoring errors in the Bears' Feb. 27 and March 4 victories were overturned by tournament officials. Sophomore Sarah Adams started both games for Cal but didn't pitch far enough into either to earn any wins. Anderson is now 10-1 on the season.

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