May 22, 2004
Lincoln, Neb. --- California right-hander Kristina Thorson tossed a two-hit shutout to lead the top-seeded Bears to a 2-0 win over second-seeded Nebraska Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Region 5 semifinal round at Bowlin Stadium. Thorson threw her second complete-game shutout of the week, extending her NCAA regional streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 21.
With the victory, Cal (49-11) advanced to Sunday's regional final game at noon at Bowlin Stadium. Tonight at 7 p.m., the Huskers (44-16) will play the winner of Saturday's 2:30 p.m. elimination game between Creighton and Florida Atlantic for a spot in Sunday's final.
Cal took a quick 2-0 lead against the Huskers, as leadoff hitter Vicky Galindo scored in both the first and third innings. Galindo opened the game with a leadoff double, advanced to third on a passed ball, then scored on Kaleo Eldredge's sacrifice bunt. In the third, Galindo reached on a leadoff single. She advanced to second on Lindsay James' sacrifice bunt and reached third on an NU error. Haley Woods then sent a slow-rolling hit to short, and Galindo beat the throw from Nebraska shortstop Devin Porter at home for the 2-0 lead.
The Huskers' threatened to score in the bottom of the fifth. Liz Lawhorn laced a one-out single to center, and Kier drew a walk. Porter smacked a shot to left, but Cal's Lindsay James came up with it for the second out. Steffan then grounded out to third to end NU's best chance to get on the board.
Senior right-hander Peaches James (36-8) took the loss for Nebraska, as Cal scored two unearned runs on four hits. James produced seven strikeouts in her 37th complete game of the season. The loss was James' first since May 9 and broke her six-game winning streak.