May 19, 2006
Cal 1, Illinois State 0
*Cal has won the opening game in the NCAA regional in seven of the past eight years (dating back to 1998).
*In the past seven seasons, during which Cal has reached the Women's College World Series each time, the Bears are 31-5 in regional competition.
*Kristina Thorson entered Friday's game with 1,009 career strikeouts and 399 on the season. She is now 1,023 in her career and 413 in 2006. She is ranked sixth in the Pac-10 single-season strikeout list and seventh on the conference's career strikeout list.
*With her 33rd win of the season, Kristina Thorson is now tied for Cal's single-season win record with Hall of Famer Michele Granger, who won 33 games in 1991.
*Senior Haley Woods added another RBI to her impressive total. Entering the game, she was already Cal's all-time leader in career RBI. She now has 52 this season (188 overall), which is tied for fourth on the Bears' single-season list.
*The win pushes Cal's NCAA Regional record to 50-28.
*The win improves Cal coach Diane Ninemire's record in NCAA regional play to 47-23. She has advanced the Bears to the regionals in all 19 seasons of her head coaching career.