March 20, 2004
Honolulu, Hawaii - The California Golden Bears won two hard-fought contests at the Hawaii Softball Invitational today, stretching their win streak to 11. The first was a 4-2 win over No. 25 Northwestern and the second, a walk-off 2-1 victory over host Hawaii.
The Wildcats dueled with the Bears in a tight first game. The Bears' best chance to score for the first four innings came in the first with runners on second and third, but Haley Woods struck out and Jessica Pamanian grounded out to end the threat.
Kelly Anderson was equally effective against Northwestern, facing one batter over the minimum over the first four frames. The first sign of trouble came in the fifth, when three hits and an error plated the first run of the game for the Wildcats.
The Bears responded in the bottom half of the fifth with one of their patented big innings. Vicky Galindo led off with a double and Kaleo Eldredge walked. Woods took advantage this time, finding the left center field gap for an RBI double. Chelsea Spencer's sacrifice fly put the Bears ahead with two outs. Two Northwestern errors and a hit batsman accounted for two more Cal runs.
Anderson retook the hill in the sixth but got into trouble, loading the bases. She got out of the jam with minimal damage though, thanks to a run-scoring groundout and a Spencer snared line shot.
A one, two, three seventh capped a five-hit complete game for the Bears' ace, improving her record to 18-3.
The night cap versus host Hawaii was a thriller down to the very last at bat.
The Bears opened the scoring in the first when James and Eldredge singled and moved up to second and third via the stolen base. Woods came through with her first key hit of the game to plate James.
The Rainbow Wahine got an unearned run across against Kristina Thorson after a dropped foul ball allowed the inning to continue. Otherwise Thorson was on her game, striking out a season-high nine, in a three-hit gem.
Hawaii's pitchers were equally effective through six. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, the Bears faced the proposition of extra innings. James kept the inning going with a leadoff single. Eldredge doubled to left, a season-high fourth hit of the game, putting James on third with the winning run. Woods, the Bears' leading RBI hitter, strode the plate with a chance to end the game and she delivered. Her shot down the left field line allowed James to stride home with the winning run.
Results from Hawaii Invitational Honolulu, Hawaii
Northwest. 000 011 0 - 2 5 4 California 000 040 x - 4 7 2 W - Anderson (18-3). L - Debuhr (7-4). Debuhr and Lawhorn; Anderson and Woods
Hawaii 010 000 0 - 1 3 1 California 100 000 1 - 2 11 1 W - Thorson (15-0). L - Tabion (11-5). Coogan, Tabion and Dahlberg; Thorson and Woods
Records: Cal: 33-3 Northwestern: 14-5 Hawaii: 16-6