UPDATED TEAM RECORDS: California improves to 51-11 while Florida State falls to 61-11. California is now 16-14 in WCWS competition and 9-2 over the past two consecutive WCWS appearances. The Bears improve to 59-40 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 6-3 in WCWS first round games. Florida State falls to 5-13 in WCWS games.
UPDATED PITCHING RECORDS: California's sophomore P Kristina Thorson's season record improves to 28-3. Florida State's senior P Jessica van der Linden, the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, falls to 28-8 on the year. Thorson's 12 strikeouts were her second-best tally of the season, tying her freshman year record. It was also Thorson's fifth game with 10 or more strikeouts. She retired 17 straight batters heading into the top of the seventh inning before giving up a single to van der Linden, the only Seminole to hit Thorson all night. California's nine hits against van der Linden were a season high.
GALINDO'S HITTING STREAK CONTINUES: Junior 3B Vicky Galindo extended her hitting streak to nine games with her leadoff double. That double was her team-leading 18th of the season and ties the Cal single-season record with Candace Harper (2002). Galindo's single in the top of the third made for her 26th multi-hit game this season.
PAMANIAN LIKES TO HIT FOR EXTRA BASES: Coming into Thursday night's WCWS opening game, junior 2B Jessica Pamanian had 50 hits and 10 doubles, or in other words, one in five of Pamanian's hits this season were doubles (20 percent). In the top of the third inning, Pamanian hit her first triple (two RBIs) of the season and only the second of her career. That triple was also her first hit in postseason play this year and gave Cal a 3-2 lead. Pamanian also hit a single up in the middle in the top of the fifth, going 2-for-3 against the Seminoles and increasing her season hit total to 52 (11 of them for extra bases).
RODRIGUES GOES YARD: Senior 1B Roni Rodrigues took USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Jessica van der Linden yard over the center field fence in the top of the fourth inning to hand Cal a 4-2 lead. It was only her fourth home run of the season and also the fourth of her career. Rodrigues' last home run was on Senior Day, May 9, in an 8-0 win over Washington in Berkeley. For van der Linden, it was only her fourth home run surrendered this season. The last was in the second game of a doubleheader at Maryland on April 18. The Seminoles won that game 2-1. In the previous three games van der Linden has given up home runs, the Seminoles were 3-0.
SMOKE STEALS FIRST CAREER BASE: Freshman DP Alyssa Smoke stole her first base of the season, and consequently of her career, in the top of the sixth inning. Smoke reached first base when she was hit by a full count pitch with two outs.
CAL VERSUS FLORIDA STATE - THE SERIES: California is 3-0 versus Florida State all-time in WCWS play and 8-1 all-time overall. The Bears are now 5-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament action against the Seminoles. That record includes an epic showdown in 2001 regional competition at Florida State, where the Bears went 2-1 against the Seminoles to advance to the WCWS that year. The Bears beat Florida State in a winner's bracket game but later met the Seminoles again on championship Sunday. Florida State won the first game that day to force a second championship game. Playing as the visitor in its own stadium, Florida State took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 10th inning. With two strikes and the bases loaded, Cal's Kristen Morley sent a double into center field, the first of her career and according to Bears legend with her eyes closed, to score two runs and win the contest 3-2.
FEW AND FAR BETWEEN: Sophomore P Kristina Thorson gave up her 11th home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning senior P Jessica van der Linden, a two-run shot over center field. Thorson had not given up a home run since May 7 against UCLA. The Bears went on to win that contest in Berkeley 2-1 in a FSN televised game. It was Cal's first Pac-10 regular season win over the Bruins since 1998. Thorson has allowed home runs in only 10 games and is 6-4 in those contests. Thursday's home run to the Seminoles ended Thorson's scoreless inning streak at 37.2 innings of work that included a 28 scoreless inning streak in Cal's four-game sweep in NCAA Region 5 play this year. The streak began on May 15 in the first game of a doubleheader at Oregon to conclude regular season play.
WCWS SECOND SESSION ATTENDANCE: The attendance for the second session of the 2004 WCWS, that included the Cal versus Florida State game, was announced as 6,119.
FOUR CALIFORNIA ALL-AMERICANS: Four Bears were named 2004 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Americans Wednesday night, the most of any team this year. The four selections are also the most in Cal Softball history and this year's selections mark the fourth year in a row Cal players have received All-America recognition. Junior 3B Vicky Galindo received first-team All-America honors, junior CF Kaleo Eldredge and sophomore P Kristina Thorson each received second-team All-America honors and junior SS Chelsea Spencer was named a third-team All-American.
PAC-10 ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM: Junior P Kelly Anderson (first team) and junior 2B Jessica Pamanian (second team) were both named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team for the second time in as many years Wednesday.