April 9, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. - A late-game surge by the visiting Cardinal lifted No. 11 Stanford past No. 4 California Friday afternoon at Levine-Fricke Field. Stanford put four runs across the plate in the seventh inning on a home run, double and sacrifice fly to claim a 5-3 win in conference play.
California (33-6, 1-3 Pac-10) tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh, sparked momentarily by a solo home run from junior shortstop Chelsea Spencer with one out. Unfortunately for the Bears, two strike outs followed ending the match.
Senior pitcher Dana Sorensen (18-4) claimed the win for Stanford (30-8, 3-1 Pac-10) while California's sophomore pitcher Kristina Thorson took her first loss of the season, dropping to 15-1.
Sophomore left fielder Lindsay James started a two-run fourth inning for the Bears when she singled to left with one out. After advancing to second on a wild pitch, junior center fielder Kaleo Eldredge blasted a shot over the right field wall to give California a 2-0 lead that held through the fifth inning.
That's when Stanford began to strike back, putting sophomore Catalina Morris on first with a single to right, who advanced to second on a stolen base one out later. Senior Jessica Allister doubled to left field to score the Cardinal's first run in the top of the sixth inning, 2-1. Allister finished the day with three solid doubles and an RBI to lead the Stanford offense.
The top of the seventh proved costly for the Bears. A Cardinal leadoff homer from junior Leah Nelson tied the game 2-2. With the bases loaded and junior pitcher Kelly Anderson on the mound in relief for Thorson, Morris doubled to center field to score two more runs for Stanford, 4-2. Sophomore Lauren Lappin completed the scoring with a sacrifice fly foul ball to right field, 5-3.
Junior third baseman Vicky Galindo picked-up another stolen base for California in the game, advancing her season total to 18 and putting her within 10 of the Bears' single season record set in 1992.
California travels across The Bay tomorrow, April 10, to face Stanford in a Saturday afternoon double-header starting at 2 p.m. to conclude the conference series.
Cal Softball Result Stanford 000 001 4 - 5 8 1 California 000 200 1 - 3 5 0 Sorensen and Allister. Thorson, Anderson (7) and Woods. W - Sorensen 18-4. L - Thorson 15-1. HR - Eldredge (Cal), Nelson (Stanford), Spencer (Cal).
Records: Stanford 30-8 (3-1 Pac-10) California 33-6 (1-3 Pac-10)