No. 2 California Rebounds to Defeat No. 7 Stanford, 1-0

April 24, 2005

BERKELEY - The No. 2 California softball team scored the only run it would need without a hit in the first inning and junior Kristina Thorson struck out seven batters as the Bears shutout No. 7 Stanford, 1-0, at Levine-Fricke Field on Sunday.

Cal's first hitter of the game, senior Vicky Galindo, reached third on a two-base throwing error from Stanford second baseman Tricia Aggabao. Two batters later, center fielder Kaleo Eldredge hit into a fielders choice, advancing Galindo home for the 1-0 advantage.

Stanford (34-9, 8-3) seriously threatened the Bears just once on the afternoon, twice advancing a runner to third in the seventh. The Cardinal were kept in check, however, by two stellar defensive plays from Cal second baseman Jessica Pamanian.

Cardinal left fielder Jackie Rinehart ripped a double to center field to lead off the seventh and a sacrifice bunt from Aggabao moved Rinehart to third. The next hitter, designated player Erin Howe, hit a grounder up the middle that ricocheted off of Thorson's glove and to Pamanian, who threw Rinehart out at home.

With two down, Anna Beardman, pinch running for Howe, stole second. The throw from catcher Haley Woods was high and sailed into center field, moving Beardman to third. Cardinal first baseman Elizabeth Bendig then laced a potential game-tying hit to the right side of the infield that a diving Pamanian knocked down before throwing on to first baseman Julie Meyer to preserve victory.

Thorson allowed a two-out, first-inning double to Stanford third baseman Michelle Smith but tossed five innings of no-hit ball until Smith singled in the sixth. Thorson, who no-hit Stanford for four innings in the Cardinal's 6-4 Friday victory, improved to 18-4.

Stanford starter Becky McCullough fell to 14-3, despite holding the Bears to two hits over the first five innings and striking out five.

With the victory, Cal eluded being swept by Stanford for the first time in program history. The Bears return to action Friday at UCLA. The 1 p.m. matchup will be televised by ESPNU.

Softball ResultLevine-Fricke Field; Berkeley, Calif.April 24, 2005

Stanford 000 000 0 - 0 3 1California 100 000 0 - 1 4 2McCullough and Nelson; Thorson and WoodsW - Thorson (18-4); L - McCullough (14-3)2B - Smith, RinehartRecords:Cal: 40-8 (7-5 Pac-10)Stan: 34-9 (8-3 Pac-10)Attendance: 532

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