Feb. 29, 2004
Columbus, Ga. - No. 3 Cal got back to its winning ways, after its first two losses of the season on Saturday, to defeat Princeton, 2-0, and No. 14 Texas, 10-1, at the NFCA Classic on Sunday. After being held to one run yesterday, Cal's bats broke out in a big way to put up 12 runs and the pitching rebounded with two complete game performances.
The Bears struck early against the Tigers in their first game of the day. Lindsay James reached in the first with a single and Kaleo Eldredge was hit by a pitch to put two runners on. Unlike Saturday, Cal found the clutch hits to score runs on Sunday. This time it was Jessica Pamanian, whose double scored the only two runs of the game.
Making her second start of the tournament, Kristina Thorson continues to dominate in whatever capacity she is used. The sophomore righthander allowed three hits in her fourth shutout of the season and struck out six.
The only trouble she faced was in the fourth inning when two singles put runners on first and second with one out. But Thorson induced a ground out and pop out to end the only threat Princeton could muster all game.
Kelly Anderson took the hill in game two against Texas, looking for redemption after two uncharacteristic performances on Saturday. It looked as if she might be the hard-luck loser initially. Texas grabbed a 1-0 lead after a double to left and single through the right side in the first.
Anderson would settle down to keep the game close. She gave up only one hit after the first and struck out five overall.
Cal's bats, which had been quiet for some three and a half games, awoke with a fury in the fourth. Eldredge singled up the middle and Haley Woods followed with a shot over the left field fence for her team-leading fifth home run of the season and Cal's first lead of the game.
After an error and single, Cal had runners on second and third. This time Alex Sutton delivered with an RBI single up the middle and James followed with an RBI single down the left field line. Cal batted all the way around as Eldredge came up with a hot shot up the middle to score two more.
With a six-run fourth, Cal had a commanding lead, but it did not relent in the fifth. With the bases loaded and two out, Vicky Galindo came up looking to make something happen. The 5-4 third baseman has shown a surprising amount of pop in her bat this season. She got a pitch she could handle and sent it the opposite field for her second home run of the season and first career grand slam.
The game was called after five innings with Cal a 10-1 winner.
The Bears return to the West Coast this week to play in the Worth Tournament, hosted by Cal State Fullerton March 5-7.
Softball Results from Columbus, GA South Commons Fields
California 200 000 0 - 2 0 0 Princeton 000 000 0 - 0 3 0 W - Thorson (7-0) L - Snyder
Thorson and Woods; Snyder and Ries
California 000 64 - 10 10 0 Texas 100 00 - 1 3 3 W - Anderson (10-2) L - Sowers
Anderson and Woods; Anderson, Sowers, Gwyn (4) and Willis.