April 22, 2006
BERKELEY - The No. 6/7 California softball team suffered a tough loss, falling 4-2 in 13 innings to No. 3 Arizona at Levine-Fricke Field, Saturday. Senior Kristina Thorson (26-6) struck out 22 batters in the loss. Cal falls to 37-8 and 5-5 in the Pac-10, while Arizona improves to 34-7 and 5-4. The Bears take on Arizona again Sunday at 1p.m.
The last meeting between Cal and Arizona was as 12-inning marathon at the 2005 Women's College World Series, which the Wildcats won 3-2.
Saturday, Arizona's Kristie Fox hit a two-run homer in the top of the 13th, giving the Wildcats enough for the win.
The Wildcats took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run homer by Jenae Leles. Cal cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the first, scoring on an RBI single from junior Alex Sutton. Freshman Morgan Siegel, who led off with a single, scored the run. Siegel finished 3-for-6 on the day.
The Bears tied it up at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth after pinch hitter Jeana Gevas was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, sending Sutton home. Cal loaded the bases with Sutton reaching on a walk, sophomore Katie Vickers on a fielder's choice and designated player Gina Leomiti reaching on an error by Arizona.
After the first inning, only two Wildcat runners advanced past first base - both on sacrifice bunts - until the home run in the 13th inning.
The Bears made several key defensive plays throughout the game, pushing the game further into extra innings. In the top of the ninth, Arizona pitcher Taryne Mowatt hit a sharp line drive to center field, which Cal sophomore Erika Racklin caught on the run at the wall. Mowatt improved to 17-4 with the win.