May 23, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. - Third baseman Vicky Galindo was one of the heroines of Cal's 2-0 win over Nebraska in the NCAA Softball Tournament on Saturday, batting 2-for-3 and scoring both runs against the host team in Lincoln, Neb. Cal's leadoff hitter also hit a solo homerun to open the scoring in the 4-0 win over Maine and scored one run in the 2-1 win over Mississippi State at the NCAA Lincoln Regional. She leads the Golden Bears in hitting (.371), stolen bases (23) and total hits (75).
On Sunday at 12:30 p.m. PT (2:30 p.m. CT), the Bears will face the winner of the game between Nebraska and Creighton for the right to advance to the Women's College World Series. The Nebraska-Creighton game was postponed Saturday night due to severe weather. It will be played at 8 a.m. PT (10 a.m. CT) on Sunday.
Galindo spoke to CalBears.com by phone from Lincoln, Neb., after beating Nebraska.
Q) Was this the toughest game of the three?
"Yeah, definitely. [Nebraska's] Peaches [James, who had been on a six-game winning streak] is a great pitcher. Coming into today, we thought, We have to play Nebraska, and some of us were nervous about that. They're definitely tougher than other teams."
"It feels good. It felt good to send them out. It was a good win. We only got four hits, but Peaches is a great pitcher. We did what we do best, and that's run and make things happen."
Q) Did you have any qualms about running since your team was caught stealing twice - and had two steals - in the first game of the regional against Maine?
"No. In our first game against Maine, we tried to hit and run, bunt and run, stealing bases. We were really aggressive, but it didn't really work out. We were doubled up, but we still stayed aggressive. You get a base hit with a runner on and you're trying to go two bases instead of one. If a runner's on base and the catcher drops ball for second, you're not going to be in trouble for being aggressive."
Q) You scored both runs against Nebraska. Both of them came after you forced Nebraska catcher Brittney Yolo into mistakes - a passed ball on an attempted throw to second and then a poor throw to second that was dropped - by taking long leads off second base. Was there something about the catcher that made you do that?
"For some reason I thought I could make an error with a passed ball or something. She did well, but I just thought I could do that."
Q) Have the heat and humidity bothered you at all?
"It was getting pretty hot today. This morning we played a little bit earlier, and we got up earlier today. We ate at hotel, but I didn't eat that much. Out there in the heat, I wished I could have eaten more. The heat was draining."
Q) You've won 11 straight games. Do you think about the winning streak?
"Not really. I haven't thought of that. It's been a few weekends now. After games, I don't really think, We just won three in a row or four in a row."
Q) What have you done on your time off in Lincoln?
"Sleep. The last couple of days we slept in. The last couple of games were in the afternoon, so she just wanted to get something to eat and relax. There's not much to do out here."