May 3, 2006
Date: Fri., May 5 (7 p.m.) / Sat., May 6 (7 p.m.) / Sun., May 7 (1 p.m.)
Place: Tucson, Ariz. / Tempe, Ariz.
ON DECK FOR THE GOLDEN BEARS
The No. 7 California softball team (40-10 overall, 8-7 Pac-10) travels to No. 3 Arizona (36-9, 7-6) and No. 6/10 Arizona State (42-9, 6-6) this weekend. The Golden Bears face the Wildcats Friday at 7 p.m. in Tucson, Ariz. Cal then takes on the Sun Devils in Tempe, Ariz., at 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
CAL IN THE POLLS
The Bears moved from No. 8 to No. 7 in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings. Cal remained at No. 7 in the latest USA Today/NFCA poll.
A LOOK AT ARIZONA
Last weekend, Arizona went 2-1 with wins over Washington (10-1 and 2-0) and a loss to UCLA (8-2). The Wildcats face rival Arizona State Wednesday (May 3) before the Bears come to town.
CAL VS. ARIZONA LAST TIME
Cal split the two-game series with Arizona when the Wildcats visited Berkeley (April 22-23), winning the second game 5-1 after falling 4-2 in 13 innings in the teams' first meeting.
In the April 23 game, freshman Morgan Siegel and senior Emily Friedman each finished 2-for-3 as Cal won 5-1. Freshman Lauren Frankiewicz picked up her first Pac-10 win in the game. Cal didn't waste any time getting on the board, with Siegel scoring the Bears' first run in the top of the first. Siegel led off the inning with a single, which was followed by a bunt from junior Alex Sutton. Senior Haley Woods advanced both runners on a sacrifice bunt, and Friedman sent Siegel home on a single to right field.
In the April 22 contest, senior Kristina Thorson struck out career-high 22 batters in the 13-inning loss. Arizona's Kristie Fox hit a two-run homer in the top of the 13th, giving the Wildcats enough for the win. The Wildcats took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run homer. Cal cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the first, scoring on an RBI single from Sutton. Siegel, who led off with a single, scored the run. She finished 3-for-6 on the day.
The Bears tied it up at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth after pinch hitter Jeana Gevas was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, sending Sutton home. After the first inning, only two Wildcat runners advanced past first base - both on sacrifice bunts - until the home run in the 13th inning.
A LOOK AT ARIZONA STATE
The Sun Devils went 1-2 last weekend, with a win over Washington (1-0) and two losses at UCLA (1-0, 3-0). ASU faces rival Arizona Wednesday (May 3) before Cal comes to town.
CAL VS. ARIZONA STATE LAST TIME
Cal fell 2-0 to the Sun Devils in Berkeley (April 21). Senior Kristina Thorson struck out 10 batters in seven innings of work. Woods went 2-for-3 on the day, and Siegel finished 2-for-4. But Cal was unable to bring home any runs, leaving seven on base.