NCAA Championship Q&A With Kelly Anderson
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  04/07/2012

April 7, 2012

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BERKELEY - As a freshman in 2002, Anderson saw the majority of work in relief, finishing 7-3 in 18 appearances with a 1.46 ERA. One of her crowning moments of her first year in the Blue & Gold was when she and fellow freshman Cassie Bobrow teamed to topple then-No. 1 Arizona 5-2 when Jocelyn Forest was away from the team. Anderson went onto pitch in each of the three following WCWS. What were you thinking heading into the seventh inning with the scoreboard reading 0-0 in the championship game?

Kelly Timothy: Honestly, it was so long ago, I don't remember exactly what I was thinking. It was an anxious moment. We were facing Arizona and Jennie Finch. We were just trying to cheer on Jocelyn and the rest of the team. We were also trying to get that run across home plate. Ball games are usually 1-0 in those types of situations. We were fortunate enough to get six. Speaking of those six runs, what was it like when the Bears started scoring all those runs?

KT: We got one across and then a few more. Just having that one was awesome and then they just kept coming. You just think, "We have this." We had Jocelyn there to go out and get the three outs. What was it like coming in as the underdog?

KT: We were underdogs the whole season. It was awesome to see the team get that win. I wasn't on the field playing, but I was there cheering everyone on. To see Jocelyn and the team pull it through, it was awesome. What was the feeling like after that final out?

KT: It was amazing. It was the only championship we had. It was an amazing feeling. It was so long ago, but it was so amazing. The best experience ever. What memories stand out from that year?

KT: I think the thing that really comes to mind is Jocelyn and her determination that year. She went through a lot of personal things, but she pulled through. You could just see how determined she was. It was amazing to see how the team could come together. We were underdogs. No one expected us to win. We pulled together and got the win. What does it mean to be a Golden Bear and a part of the Cal softball storied tradition?

KT: It's awesome. It's like having a huge family, everywhere. I wear Cal something out, it doesn't' even have to be softball, and you hear someone say, "Go Bears." They'll ask me about going there. Whenever I wear something that says Cal softball, people will ask me about playing there. It's just like a family everywhere. You take that through the rest of your life.