March 9, 2004
Berkeley, Calif. -
THIS WEEK: Tuesday, March 9 Pacific, Bill Simoni Field, Stockton, CA 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 12 Virginia, Field 1, Sunnyvale, CA 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 12 Purdue, Field 1, Sunnyvale, CA 7:00 p.m. Sat-Sun, March 13-14 TBA, TBA, Sunnyvale, CA TBAWHAT'S ON TAP: No. 3 California (22-2) embarks on a busy week today when it plays a make-up game against Pacific in Stockton, CA. Then Cal travels south to Sunnyvale, where they will compete in the National Invitational Softball Tournament (NIST), hosted by San Jose State, Mar. 12-14. Joining Cal in Pool A are Virginia and Purdue. The other teams at the event include No. 7 Washington, No. 20 Arizona State, No. 21 Iowa, Wisconsin, San Jose State, Syracuse, Santa Clara, Minnesota and Sacramento State.
SCOUTING CAL'S OPPONENTS: Cal holds a 47-34-1 edge in its storied rivalry with Pacific. The Bears blanked the Tigers when the teams last met at the 2003 Worth Tournament, 7-0. Kelly Anderson and Kristina Thorson combined on the shutout. Cal is undefeated against Virginia, winning all four meetings, and against Purdue, winning all three meetings. In the last meeting with the Cavaliers Mar. 8, 2002, the Bears emerged a 7-1 winner. Anderson pitched a three-hit shutout in the last meeting with the Boilermakers at the 2003 UNLV Tournament.
2003 AT NIST TOURNAMENT: Cal completed a perfect tournament in Sunnyvale last year, winning all five games and outscoring its opponents 21-4. Anderson was named to the all-tournament team with a 3-0 record and 0.00 ERA in four appearances.
BEARS DOMINATE AT WORTH TOURNEY: Cal steam-rolled its competition at the Cal State Fullerton hosted event, winning all five games. The Golden Bears opened with wins over Portland State (6-0) and No. 24 Cal State Fullerton (11-0) on Friday. They recorded wins against Cal State Northridge (3-1) and Michigan State (6-2) on Saturday and finished off the tournament with a tight win over UC Santa Barbara (3-2) on Sunday. Anderson won three times with a 0.70 ERA, while Thorson won twice and saved her second game of the year with a 1.17 ERA.
GOING, GOING, GALINDO: Junior third baseman Galindo had one of the hottest weeks in the country at last week's Worth Tournament. She went 13 for 18 (.722) at the plate with seven runs, seven RBI and three home runs. Galindo tattooed her second grand slam in as many tournaments, which was the difference in the Bears' 6-2 win over Michigan State, then carried Cal to a 3-2 win over UCSB with two solo shots. With four home runs in six games, Galindo is riding a new found power surge out of the leadoff spot. She only hit one home run last season, but already has five this year.
DRIVE 'EM IN: How important is hitting with runners in scoring position? It could mean the difference between winning and losing. In Cal's first two losses of the season, the Bears went 0-4 at the plate in those situations and scored a combined one run in the two games. Overall, Cal is hitting a healthy .305 (68-223) with runners in scoring position and has averaged 5.50 runs per game. And when those at bats count the most, with the bases loaded, the team is batting .436 (17-39).
WALLOPING WOODS: Many suspected what sophomore catcher Haley Woods might do with a full season of play and now she is getting her chance to prove it. Woods, who had her season cut short to 30 games because of a broken wrist last year, has already smashed six home runs this season, eclipsing the three she hit last season. This power surge is no fluke for California's clean-up hitter. Woods is filling the void left by graduated senior Veronica Nelson, who holds four out of the the schools' top five power seasons, ranging from 19 to 9 home runs. As for the team as a whole, it has shown surprising power, hitting 18 round-trippers.
.400 CLUB: Nineteen games into the season, Galindo is the lone Golden Bear still hitting above the .400 plataeu. The left-handed hitting leadoff hitter brings a smoking .458 (24-57) batting average into this week's action. She raised her batting average 73 points with her performance last week. Only two Golden Bears have ever hit over .400 for a full season - Gillian Boxx (.466) in 1995 and Kendall Richards (.420) in 1994.