Jan. 31, 2004
Berkeley, Calif. - On a winter day at Levine-Fricke Field, the No. 2 Bears set their dreams of summer and another College World Series birth in motion with a doubleheader sweep over the visiting Sacramento State Hornets. Both Kelly Anderson and Kristina Thorson were impressive in their 2004 debuts, going the distance. They got plenty of support from shortstop Chelsea Spencer. This time the reliable infielder let her bat do most of the talking, pacing the offense going 5-7, with 5 RBI, 4 runs, two doubles and a home run.
Game 1 was scoreless until the bottom of the third. With one out, Vicky Galindo laced a double to right center. After a hit batsman and Sacramento State error, the bases were loaded. Spencer sent a single through the left side for the first two runs of the season. Jessica Pamanian followed suit with a double that scored two more.
That was all junior Anderson would need. She got into jams in the fourth and fifth innings loading the bases twice, behind uncharacteristic sloppy fielding. But Anderson got out of the fourth when she reached back for something extra and recorded one of four strikeouts. In the fifth, the defense redeemed itself. Alex Sutton fielded a hard single to right and put the clamps on the inning with her throw nailed Amy Dragomir at the plate.
Spencer, who made one of the errors in the fifth inning, was visibly annoyed by a play the sure-handed infielder usually makes. In Game 2, she exploded from the plate and was in the middle of every California rally.
The Bears got out of the gate quickly in the first inning with some small ball. Galindo reached on a clean single and didn't hesitate to steal second. After Lindsay James reached on an error, which scored Galindo, and a Kaleo Eldredge single, Diane Ninemire put the double steal on. James raced around third after an errant throw and scored. Spencer's double put two more runner's in scoring position and Sutton picked them both up with a line shot up the middle.
Four runs later, Thorson had a comfortable lead, but the sophomore hurler was already very comfortable on the mound. She didn't allow a runner past second base and only allowed three hits over six innings of work. In other words, she was dealing. Of all the pitchers on display, it was clear who threw the hardest. Thorson's eight strikeouts certainly attest to that.
Spencer added a rocket opposite field Home Run in the fifth and the Bears tacked on three more runs in the sixth before the game was called.
Next up, California travels to St. Mary's Sunday at 10 a.m. for another doubleheader.
Softball Results at Levine-Fricke Field Berkeley, CA GAME 1 Sacramento St. 000 110 0 - 2 5 1 California 004 000 x - 4 6 3 Anderson and Woods. Deatherage and Coyne,Fredericks (7). W - Anderson (1-0). L - Deatherage(0-1).
GAME 2 Sacramento St. 000 000 x - 0 3 1 California 400 013 x - 8 14 1 Thorson and Woods. Ferguson, Fryou (5) and Coyne, O'Neill (6) W - Thorson (1-0). L - Ferguson (0-1) HR- Spencer (1)
Records: Cal: 2-0 Sac. St: 0-2