April 26, 2006
Date: Fri., April 28 (3 p.m.) / Sat., April 29 (noon and 2 p.m.) / Sun., April 30 (1 p.m.)
Place: Corvallis, Ore. / Eugene, Ore. / Eugene, Ore.
ON DECK FOR THE GOLDEN BEARS
The No. 7/8 California softball team (38-8 overall, 6-5 Pac-10) travels to No. 8/9 Oregon State (33-7, 5-4) and Oregon (19-16, 1-6) this weekend. The Golden Bears face the Beavers Friday at 3 p.m. in Corvallis, Ore. Cal then takes on the Ducks in Eugene, Ore., at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday. Game 1 on Saturday will be a continuation of the teams' first meeting of the season. That game was called in the third inning due to rain with Oregon leading 2-0.
BEARS ON THE AIR
Friday's game at Oregon State (4/28) will be broadcast on tape-delay by Fox Sports Net. The game will air on Sunday at 9 a.m. on FSNBA. The Bears were on TV earlier this season when Comcast SportsNet televised the Cal-Stanford game live on April 15.
CAL IN THE POLLS
The Bears moved from No. 6 to No. 8 in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings. Cal remained at No. 7 in the latest USA Today/NFCA poll.
A LOOK AT OREGON STATE
Oregon State went 3-0 last weekend in Pac-10 play, picking up a win at No. 1 UCLA (2-0) and two against No. 14 Washington (3-2, 5-0). The Beavers' Cambria Miranda and Brianne McGowan were named the Pac-10 player and pitcher of the week, respectively. The Beavers are 5-4 in conference play. Other wins have come against Arizona (2-1) and Oregon (2-0). Conference losses have come against Arizona State (3-2), Stanford (3-2) and Cal (2-0, 2-0).
CAL VS. OREGON STATE EARLIER THIS SEASON
Cal defeated Oregon State twice at home, April 8-9, both times by a score of 2-0.
In the first game, freshman Gina Leomiti hit a home run, and senior Kristina Thorson struck out 12 of the 20 batters she faced in the 2-0 win. Early in the game, the Beavers threatened at the plate, but the momentum swung in favor of the Bears in the third inning. Thorson entered the game in the third inning - in relief of freshman Lauren Frankiewicz - with a runner on first and second. An Oregon State single loaded the bases. Thorson then struck out the Beavers' next three batters, including two looking.
Leomiti led off the bottom of the third with a home run to right center, putting the Bears ahead, 1-0. Cal scored again in the fifth inning when junior Alex Sutton hit an RBI single to drive in freshman Morgan Siegel, who had reached base on a single. Siegel had advanced after senior Haley Woods and senior Emily Friedman both walked.
Sunday, junior Alex Sutton hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning lifting California to another 2-0 win over Oregon State. With the score tied 0-0 in the bottom of the seventh, senior Emily Friedman led off with a single to right center. Sophomore Chloe Kloezeman then entered the game as a pinch runner. Sutton followed with her third home run of the season, sending Kloezeman home.
Sutton, who finished 2-for-3, had a strong day at the plate as she also belted a double in the second inning. Sophomore Katie Vickers had the Bears' other hit, a one-out single in the fifth. Thorson struck out 13 batters.
A LOOK AT OREGON
The Ducks went 0-3 last weekend, falling to No. 14 Washington (5-0) and twice against No. 1 UCLA (9-3, 5-2).
CAL VS. OREGON EARLIER THIS SEASON
When the Bears hosted Oregon on April 7, the game was called in the top of the third inning due to rain. The Ducks had just taken a 2-0 lead before the umpires decided to halt the game because of the unrelenting weather. There were two runners on base, one out and no count at the time.