May 2, 2004
Riding high on its win the previous night, No. 4 California wasted no time igniting its offense Sunday afternoon, exploding on Arizona State over five innings for a 13-0 win at Farrington Stadium, securing a Pac-10 season sweep over the Sun Devils. The Bears' 13 runs were their second-highest output of the season, pushed upwards by home runs from sophomore C Haley Woods (13) and juniors SS Chelsea Spencer (7) and 2B Jessica Pamanian (2). The loss was ASU's worst of the year.
With Tempe temperatures rising into the mid-90's by the first pitch, California (40-11 overall, 7-8 in the Pac-10) jumped on the board early, scoring four runs each in the first and second innings. Junior 3B Vicky Galindo and sophomore LF Lindsay James hit back-to-back singles to start the contest, moved up when Woods was hit by a pitch from Arizona State (31-27 overall, 1-13 in the Pac-10) starter junior P Bre DeSanta (9-11) to load the bases.
Junior CF Kaleo Eldredge was then walked, bringing Galindo home for the Bears' first run, and Pamanian hit into a fielder's choice to third base where senior 3B Phelan Wright's throw to the plate glanced off James' shoulder for a 2-0 Cal lead. Freshman RF Alex Sutton later singled in Eldredge before junior 1B Gwen Arafiles hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Pamanian. ASU responded by replacing DeSanta with sophomore P Desiree Serrano, who got the final out to end a four run, three hit first inning for the Bears.
Galindo and James were back at it in the second inning, leading off the frame with back-to-back singles to left. Two consecutive errors at shortstop first sent Galindo to third and allowed James to steal second before putting Eldredge on first and allowing Galindo to cross the plate. Spencer, apparently still feeling it after her two home runs Saturday night, launched another over the left field fence to clear the bases and increase Cal's lead to 8-0.
Another ASU error at shortstop put Eldredge on in the fourth with no outs just in time for Pamanian, who also knocked a homer Saturday night, to do just that again, dropping the long ball over left field to add two more runs to California's offensive production, 10-0. The Bears closed out the game by adding three more in the fifth when Woods, Cal's home run leader, decided to record one of her own this weekend with two on.
Junior P Kelly Anderson (21-8) gave up just one hit and notched two strikeouts during her three inning start before freshman P Sarah Adams came on in relief, also allowing just one hit with two strikeouts. DeSanta and Serrano combined for nine hits, eight earned runs and five walks.
California returns to Berkeley for its final home stand of the season next week when the Bears host No. 3 UCLA Friday at 2 p.m. and No. 7 Washington Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 1 p.m.
California Softball Result: California 440 23X X - 13 9 0 Arizona State 000 00X X - 0 2 3 Anderson, Adams (4) and Woods. DeSanta, Serrano (1) and Knabe. W - Anderson 21-8. L - DeSanta 9-11. Save - None. HR - Woods (Cal), Pamanian (Cal), Spencer (Cal).
Records: California 40-11 (7-8 Pac-10) Arizona State 31-27 (1-13 Pac-10)