March 16, 2004
Berkeley, Calif. - In their first home game since January, the No. 4 California Golden Bears looked relaxed at home, defeating Wisconsin, 3-1. Kelly Anderson picked up her 16th win and Vicky Galindo went a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate with one run scored.
It looked as if the Bears might blow out the Badgers initially. Galindo led off with a walk and made her way to second on a Lindsay James single. Head coach Diane Ninemire put the double steal on with her two speedsters, and they both moved up safely. Kaleo Eldredge's groundout plated the first run of the game. After she stole second, there were two runners in scoring position for Haley Woods. Woods sent a rocket to right center, scoring two, and the Bears had a 3-0 lead.
James extended her hitting streak to 26 games, while Woods has hit safely now in 10 contests.
Anderson took control, mixing her pitches and keeping the Badgers off balance. She got into a little trouble in the third, allowing a single to right, followed by a sacrifice. A hard single down the left field line put the Badgers on the board. She coaxed two groundouts to end the threat
Anderson scattered three hits over four innings, striking out one, before giving way to Kristina Thorson. Fresh off being named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week, Thorson showed why. She set the first six batters she faced down by strikeout and recorded seven strikeouts overall in three perfect innings of work to record her fourth save.
Cal threatened throughout the game, putting runners in scoring position in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth, but could not find any two-out hits.
The Bears hit the familiar road again, making a visit to the Hawaii Softball Invitational this Thursday through Sunday.
Results from Levine-Fricke Field Berkeley, Calif.
Wisconsin 001 000 0 - 1 3 1 California 300 000 x - 3 9 0 Win - Anderson (16-3). Loss - Layne (7-3). Save - Thorson (4) Layne and Gillette; Anderson, Thorson (5) and Woods.
Records: Cal: 27-3 Wisconsin: 13-9