April 19, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. -
WHAT'S ON TAP: No. 4 California will travel the length of the West Coast this week in Pac-10 play, first flying north to Seattle, Wash., for a 1 p.m. Friday afternoon bout with No. 5 Washington at Husky Softball Stadium. Following that game, the Bears take to the skies again for a long flight down the seaboard to Los Angeles, for a battle with No. 3 UCLA at Easton Stadium. The Saturday and Sunday contests, scheduled for 2 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, will be the first time the Bears and Bruins have faced each other since last season's College World Series, when UCLA defeated California 1-0 in nine innings to win the national championship.
SCOUTING THE WASHINGTON HUSKIES: No. 5 Washington (30-8, 6-1 Pac-10) entertains Cal this week coming off a 2-1 weekend against the Oregon schools at home. The Huskies lost to No. 14 Oregon 2-1 on Friday when the Ducks hit a game-winning home run in the top of the seventh. Games against No. 15 Oregon State went much better for Washington, as the Huskies were able to capture both contests by 5-3 counts. A three-run fifth inning resulted in the Huskies' first win and senior Amanda Oleson's three RBIs led to the second. Washington's 6-1 Pac-10 record is the program's best start since 2000 when it opened conference play 9-1 and is its second-best Pac-10 start ever. The Huskies will host a non-conference doubleheader against Portland State on Wednesday before facing the Bears.
A BATTLE IN WESTWOOD: No. 3 UCLA (29-6, 2-5 Pac-10) plays host to California following the Bruins' Friday match-up with No. 10 Stanford. UCLA improved its conference record last weekend on a 2-1 showing against the visiting Oregon schools. A 6-0 win over No. 15 Oregon State gave the Bruins their first win in the Pac-10 Friday. UCLA then fell to No. 14 Oregon in Saturday's game, 4-3. Sunday went better for the Bruins, picking up a 3-2 10-inning win over the Ducks when sophomore Caitlin Benyi homered for the 15th time this season. Senior Keira Goerl picked up her 116th career win, moving into a tie for eighth place in the NCAA's all-time Division I record book.
GALINDO'S EXTRA BASES: Junior 3B Vicky Galindo has been making a habit of knocking extra base hits this season. Not only does she lead the Bears with 13 doubles and two triples, Galindo also stands tied for third in the Pac-10 in both categories. That's not all. Galindo's 58 hits place her third in the conference, her 90 total bases are good for a tie at fifth, her team-leading .379 batting average is ninth, her .438 on-base percentage is 10th (junior CF Kaleo Eldredge leads the Bears with a .446 mark, good for eighth in the Pac-10) and her 36 runs scored puts her in a four-way tie for fourth, accompanied by Eldredge and sophomore LF Lindsay James.
A HOMECOMING FOR THORSON: Sophomore P Kristina Thorson returns home to the Pacific Northwest this week when the Bears' travel north to face the Huskies Friday. The Lake Forest Park native and Shorecrest High School graduate currently leads the Bears' pitching staff with a 0.93 ERA (3rd in the Pac-10). Thorson's four saves (2nd in the Pac-10) also tie her with Nicole DiSalvio for Cal's season saves record, last set by DiSalvio in 1998. And combined with her one save during her freshman campaign, Thorson stands tied for second all-time at Cal for career saves, with five, matching marks set by Holly Yost (1996-99) and two-time All-American Whitney Floyd (1994-98). DiSalvio (1998-01) holds that Cal record with nine. Opposing batters are averaging just .164 (6th in the Pac-10) against Thorson thus far into her sophomore season.