May 28, 2004
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - California advanced in the Women's College World Series winner's bracket with an eight-inning 2-1 victory over Oklahoma Friday night at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The Bears improved to 52-11 overall and 6-0 in the postseason while Oklahoma fell to 45-21-1. A Sooner throwing error from center field allowed first team All-American junior 3B Vicky Galindo to score the winning run from third. Junior P Kelly Anderson came on in relief for sophomore P Kristina Thorson in the sixth and shutdown the Sooners for the remainder of the game. Two games must be played Saturday before California's next opponent is determined. The Bears will return to action on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. CT in an ESPN televised semifinal. The Bears need two more WCWS wins to claim the national championship.
CAL VERSUS OKLAHOMA - THE SERIES: California continues to lead the all-time series with Oklahoma, 10-3. That includes a 5-2 elimination win over the Sooners in the 2003 WCWS. The last time Oklahoma defeated Cal was in the first-round of the 2000 WCWS, by a score of 2-1. Cal owns a 3-1 all-time record over the Sooners in WCWS competition.
UPDATED CAL RECORDS: California improves to 17-14 in the WCWS and is now 10-2 over the past three WCWS (2002-2004). The Bears are 60-40 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
SECOND-ROUND RECORDS IN THE WCWS: The Bears are now 4-5 in WCWS second-round games and 4-2 over the past six appearances. Cal is 2-4 in second-round games following a first-round victory in the WCWS. Oklahoma is now 1-2 all-time in the second game of WCWS winner's bracket play.
GOLDEN BEARS PITCHING REPORT: Sophomore P Kristina Thorson started Friday's game and threw 5.1 innings, surrendering one run on five hits. The Bears committed two errors behind Thorson. Thorson struck out six, hit four batters and walked none. Junior P Kelly Anderson, the star of Cal's WCWS run last year, relieved Thorson in the sixth and retired the next two with groundouts to end the inning. Anderson went on to retire six straight on groundouts and struck out two more through the eighth. She leads the Bears' pitching staff with a 10.55 groundouts per game average.
BRUSHING OFF THE SOONERS: Sophomore P Kristina Thorson started out Friday's game against Oklahoma coming inside and continued that strategy despite the Sooners' efforts to crowd the plate. The result was Thorson hitting four batters, a season high for the Bears' hurler. Coming into Friday's game, Thorson had only hit three batters all year and never more than one in a game. The four hit Sooners were a season high for Oklahoma. Oklahoma's Norrelle Dickson, Thorson's fourth victim, has been hit three times in the last four games. But Thorson proved to have an answer for Dickson, throwing her out at third on a quick come-backer from Heather Scaglione two batters later.
GALINDO'S AMAZING POSTSEASON RUN CONTINUES: Junior 3B Vicky Galindo hit her second home run of the postseason and her seventh of the year in the bottom of the third, giving Cal an early 1-0 lead. The rocket sent over the left field wall also extended Galindo's hitting streak to 10 games. Cal's first team All-American is batting .474 with nine hits, seven runs, three doubles, two home runs and a whopping 18 total bases in the postseason. She has a .947 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage in the six-straight Cal wins since arriving in Lincoln, Neb., for this year's postseason run. On top of all that, it was Galindo who scored the winning run in Friday night's eight-inning win over Oklahoma. Galindo reached base on a walk to leadoff the inning. Sophomore LF Lindsay James followed with a bunt single, advancing Galindo to second. Sophomore C Haley Woods then reached on a Sooner fielding error at third, allowing Galindo to slide into the bag and setting the table for junior CF Kaleo Eldredge, who lined out to center field but an ensuing throwing error by the Sooner outfielder allowed Galindo to just slide in across the plate ahead of the ball.
PAMANIAN'S HOT BAT IN WCWS: Junior 2B Jessica Pamanian continued her successful showing in the WCWS, singling through the left side in the bottom of the third and then stealing her ninth base of the year. It was also her first stolen base in eight games. Pamanian hit a two-run triple against Florida State in the Bears' opening WCWS game Thursday night.
WOODS HITS NINTH DOUBLE OF SEASON: Sophomore C Haley Woods hit her ninth double of the year in the bottom of the third with two outs and advanced to third on a wild pitch from Oklahoma's Kami Keiter. Unfortunately for the Bears, Woods was not able to make it across the plate before the inning's third out.
ELDREDGE GETS HIT... AGAIN: Junior CF Kaleo Eldredge was hit by a pitch for the seventh time this season, a team-leading mark, in the bottom of the sixth inning by Oklahoma's Kami Keiter. With the tag, Eldredge claims the fourth spot for herself in Cal's single-season record book for hit batters. Sophomore LF Lindsay James and freshman RF Alex Sutton have both been hit six times this season.
BEARS CONTINUE TO SWIPE BASES: California recorded its 99th stolen base of the season Friday against Oklahoma, pulling to within five of the single-season record set in 1979 (104).
ANOTHER LARGE CROWD IN OKC: The Bears played before a second massive crowd in as many WCWS games this year. Friday night's attendance was announced at 6,472.