California Wins Super Regional Opener, 8-0

May 27, 2005

WACO, Texas - The second-seeded California softball team took advantage of five Baylor errors and starter Kelly Anderson tossed a three-hitter as the Bears moved one step closer to their seventh straight Women's College World Series, capturing Super Regional game No. 1, 8-0, in six innings on Friday at Getterman Stadium.

Cal (51-12) scored four unearned runs off of Baylor starter Lisa Ferguson (20-6) in the third as the 15th-seeded and host Bears committed three errors in the inning. That was all Anderson, who pitched two no-hitters at the Fresno State Regional, needed. The senior, who hasn't allowed an earned run in 26.1 NCAA Tournament innings, struck out four on Friday in moving to a career-best 28-7.

The series resumes at 1 p.m. CST Saturday. A Cal victory clinches a WCWS spot for the Bears; a loss forces a third and deciding game at 3:30 p.m.

Baylor (50-13), which advanced from the Auburn Regional, suffered its first postseason loss of 2005.

'I was very proud of my team tonight. Anderson threw an outstanding game, we were really hot with the bats tonight and ran the bases well,' said Cal head coach Diane Ninemire, who is one win away from appearing in her ninth career WCWS. 'Overall, we played like a championship team.'

Cal designated player Emily Friedman, who has hit safely in Cal's six postseason games, reached on a fielding error by Baylor shortstop Kim Wilmoth to lead off the third. Two batters later, right fielder Alex Sutton doubled to score Jessica Vernaglia, running for Friedman. Third baseman Vicky Galindo then singled up the middle and after stealing second, center fielder Kaleo Eldredge grounded a two-out pitch to Baylor third baseman Stephanie Pomes who threw in the dirt to first baseman Tessa Lynam. The errant toss allowed Galindo and Sutton to score for a 3-0 lead.

The next batter in the third, catcher Haley Woods, singled to left fielder Kylie Conroy, who charged the ball but allowed it to slip under her glove, letting Eldredge score.

Left fielder Lindsay James and Eldredge swatted back-to-back singles and stole bases to move into scoring position to lead off the fifth against reliever Lynam. With one down, second baseman Jessica Pamanian reached on a fielder's choice squeeze that plated James. Shortstop Chelsea Spencer then lined a two-run double to left field to give Cal a 7-0 advantage.

The Bears ended the game an inning later on a run by James that invoked the eight-run rule. Cal exploited Baylor's fielding mishaps by stealing five bases, twice inserting pinch runners quicker than their predecessors and successfully advancing runners in nine of 19 opportunities (47 percent). Cal also left five runners on base, four of which were in scoring position. Additionally, eight of Cal's nine starters reached base at least once.

'I think it's critical to attack no matter where you're playing, whether at home or on the road,' Ninemire said.

Softball ResultNCAA Tournament Waco Super RegionalGame No. 1Getterman Stadium; Waco, TexasMay 27, 2005

15 Baylor 000 000 - 0 3 52 California 004 031 - 8 10 0Ferguson, Lynam and Huffhines; Anderson and WoodsW - Anderson (28-7); L - Ferguson (20-6)2B - Spencer (9), Sutton (4)Records (Postseason): Cal 51-12 (5-1); BU 50-13 (3-1)

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