March 19, 2004
Honolulu, Hawaii - The fourth-ranked California softball team got a break from its grinding Division I schedule with a game against Nittaidai University of Japan at the Hawaii Invitational. The Golden Bears cruised to a 5-1 victory, with Sarah Adams getting her first start and win of the season.
Alex Sutton broke the game open in the second inning. With two-outs, Alyssa Smoke got the inning started with a double to center. Kristen Bayless, giving Haley Woods a break behind the plate, singled through the right side, and the stage was set for Sutton. She sent a pitch to center for a three-run homer, her first of the season.
Adams was impressive in her first start of the season. She struck out eight in only five innings of work. She set the tone from the first inning on when Nittaidai put a runner in scoring position, but the Bears' freshman hurler got the key strikeout to end the inning.
Kristina Thorson was called upon in relief to save the game in the sixth after Adams gave up a leadoff double that came around to score on an error. Recording her fifth save of the year, Thorson pitched two perfect innings, striking out one.
Woods and Kaleo Eldredge added RBI singles in the first and sixth, respectively, for the final 5-1 margin.
The competition heats up for the Bears on Saturday when they face No. 25 Northwestern and host Hawaii.
Results from Hawaii Invitational Honolulu, Hawaii
Nittaidai 000 001 0 - 1 3 1 California 031 001 x - 5 10 1 W - Adams (1-0); L - Goto; Save - Thorson (5) Goto and Komori; Adams, Thorson (6) and Woods