April 4, 2004
Berkeley, Calif. - No.14 Oregon State used three solo home runs off Cal pitching to defeat No. 3 California, 4-2, today at Levine-Fricke Field. Kelly Anderson got the start on her birthday but struggled through four. The Bears could only manage four hits against Beaver ace Monica Hoffman.
Anderson got into some early trouble in the first, giving up three singles. With a run across for Oregon State, she coaxed a groundout and struck out the final batter in the inning to strand two Beavers.
Cal got on the board in the third with a two out rally. Vicky Galindo reached second on an error. Battling deep in the count, Lindsay James slapped a single to center, scoring the speedy Galindo. The Bears had narrowed the deficit to one run.
Anderson was like a vaccuum for the Bears in the fourth. After giving up a double to right, she showed good instincts on the mound. First she fielded a hard comebacker and fired to first for one out. Then, she snared a line drive smash headed for her head to end the inning.
Kristina Thorson relieved Anderson after four. The Bears junior ace left with a line of two runs on five hits, having struck out two.
Thorson got into trouble in the sixth, giving up a solo home run, followed by two more singles. But Chelsea Spencer made a nice snag and flip to Galindo at third for the final out.
Down 3-1 in the sixth, James led off with a single through the right side, giving the Bears their first leadoff hitter aboard all game. She advanced to second on a groundout and to third on a passed ball. The Beavers could have gotten out of the inning, but shortstop Kelly Petersen couldn't handle Roni Rodrgiues' grounder, allowing James to score.
The damage could have been worse in the seventh after Thorson gave up a leadoff home run, but Alex Sutton cut a run down at the plate with her throw from right field. Thorson was uncharacteristically hittable, having give up eight hits in three innigs of work.
In the end, the Bears could never mount a substantial rally against Hoffman, who struck out seven in a complete game effort. James and Spencer put the best swings on the Beavers' ace, but it never translated into enough runs.
Cal split its series with Oregon State over the weekend and finished with a 1-2 record. The Bears play a three-game set with Stanford April 9-10.
Results from Levine-Fricke Field Berkeley, Calif.
OSU 101 001 1 - 4 13 2 Cal 001 001 0 - 1 4 1 Win - Hoffman (16-7) Loss - Anderson (18-5) Hoffman and Allen; Anderson, Thorson (5) and Woods
Records: Cal: 33-5, 1-2 Pac-10 OSU: 32-11, 1-3 Pac-10