No. 12 California Closes out Season with 11-3 Loss at No. 4 Washington
May 9, 2009
SEATTLE, WASH. -
The No. 12 California Golden Bears lost the final game of the 2009 regular season against No. 4 Washington, 11-3, Saturday afternoon in Seattle.
The Washington Huskies, who were stunned by the Bears Friday on their home field, got an early jump in making sure that didn't happen two days in a row. The Huskies scored six runs in the bottom of the first. The Huskies had three singles and a double in the inning, using them along with making the most of a Cal error, a passed ball, a wild pitch, and two illegal pitches to plate six runs. Washington added two more in the bottom of the second on back-to-back two-out solo home runs. Washington went up 11-0 after scoring three runs in the third inning on three hits and a Cal error.
Cal was handcuffed at the plate, not logging a hit until the fourth inning. After junior second baseman Shannon Thomas and sophomore pitcher Valerie Arioto walked to lead off the frame, freshman right fielder Elia Reid got the first hit of the game for the Bears when she smacked a three-run home run over the left centerfield fence, making it an 11-3 game.
Fellow outfielder, left fielder Jamia Reid, had the only other hit of the game for the Bears. Jamia Reid singled in the fifth inning, advancing to third after stealing a pair of bases, but the Bears failed to plate the run, ending the game in the middle of five.
Arioto took the loss for the Bears. She will take a 14-8 record with her into the post season. The Bears finish the regular season with a 35-18 record with an even 10-10 mark in Pac-10 games.
The Bears will learn Sunday, May 10 whether or not they will earn an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament. Regional seedings will be announced Sunday night live on ESPN-U at 7 p.m. Pacific Time. The Bears have qualified for the post season each of the last 23 years and should receive their 24th consecutive invitation. Check back on CalBears.com late Sunday evening to see where the Bears will be playing next week. Regional games begin on Friday, May 15.