May 27, 1999
OKLAHOMA CITY - Catcher Lindsey Collins hit a pair of solo home runs to back the four-hit pitching of Becky Lemke, leading the second-seeded Arizona softball team to a 3-0 victory over No. 7 seed California in the first round of the College World Series Thursday night.
Cal, which dropped to 49-21 on the year, now faces sixth-seeded Arizona State in an elimination game Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT (12:30 p.m. PT). ASU lost its opener to Washington, 4-0.
"Tonight, Arizona was the typical Arizona team," said Cal head coach Diane Ninemire. "They got their speed on the bases and created situations for themselves and came up with the key hits. Unfortunately, we were not able to come up with the key hits when we were in scoring position."
Arizona took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning when Lauren Bauer hit a two-out double over center fielder Amber Phillips' head. Toni Mascarenas then rolled a grounder to deep short for an infield hit, and Bauer sped around to score on the throw to first base.
Collins hit her first homer in the fourth inning to give Arizona a 2-0 lead, and she hit her second home run in the sixth.
"I think Lindsey just adjusted to my pitches," Cal pitcher Jocelyn Forest said. "I pitched her the same way that I have been all year and it's been working."
Forest tossed a complete game for Cal, allowing just five hits and striking out 10. Her record fell to 23-7. The run she allowed in the third inning broke a 20-inning scoreless streak for the freshman. Lemke struck out five, including the final three outs of the game, to improve to 29-7.
Cal threatened in several innings, but could not push a run across. The Bears put runners on second and third with one out in the fourth. However, Lemke got out of the inning with a pair of groundouts. In the sixth inning, Lisa Iancin singled with one out. Megumi Takasaki then sent a long fly ball to left field, but Bauer caught it against the fence.
The loss was Cal's first ever in the first round of the College World Series. In their previous three World Series appearances, the Bears were 3-0.
In other first round action, UCLA needed nine innings to beat DePaul, 3-2, while Fresno State edged Southern Mississippi, 1-0.
NCAA Softball College World Series Oklahoma City, OK First round
California 000 000 0 - 0 4 0 Arizona 001 101 X - 1 5 1 Forest and Takasaki. Lemke and Collins. HR - Collins (A) 2, 4th, none; 6th, none on. W - Lemke 29-7. L - Forest 23-7.
Records California 49-21 Arizona 53-14