April 23, 2004
SEATTLE, Wash. - No. 4 California started off a long Pac-10 road trip with a convincing win over No. 5 Washington Friday afternoon at Husky Softball Stadium, defeating the Huskies 6-1. Sophomore P Kristina Thorson (18-2) returned home and collected the win for the Bears, allowing three hits and striking out seven.
In true Pacific Northwest style, the start of Friday's game was delayed nearly an hour by rain. Washington (32-9, 6-2 in the Pac-10) took to the home field advantage early, putting up what turned out to be its only run in the bottom of the first inning. Sophomore 1B Sarah Hyatt hit a two-out home run to right field to put Washington on the board first, 1-0. A single and two walks followed before Thorson settled down and struck out senior DP Amanda Oleson, her first strike out of the game, to end the inning, stranding three Husky runners.
California (38-8, 5-5 in the Pac-10) got on the board in the fourth frame, sparked by a center field single from junior CF Kaleo Eldredge. Sophomore C Haley Woods followed with another single to center field and both were advanced a base on junior 2B Jessica Pamanian's groundout to second. Next up, junior SS Chelsea Spencer drew a walk, immediately followed by senior 1B Roni Rodrigues, who also drew another walk and correspondingly earned an RBI for bringing Eldredge across the plate from third. Seizing the moment, junior DP Jessica Vernaglia singled through the left side, tallying a pair of RBI's as Woods and Spencer came home, handing California a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth on three hits. A strikeout ended the inning, leaving two aboard.
Junior P Ashley Boek (21-6) never saw any additional run support from her Huskies and took a loss in the circle, giving up eight hits and three walks to the Bears while striking out six. Washington batters didn't get another hit on Thorson, following the first inning, until the seventh, and by then California had all but claimed the match.
Continuously pressuring Washington, the Bears put an additional run across the plate in each of the next three innings. Eldredge doubled to center field in the fifth, scoring junior 3B Vicky Galindo, who had reached on the game's lone error as the inning's leadoff. Spencer led off the sixth with a single down the right field line, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on freshman RF Alex Sutton's single to short. Eldredge began the seventh with her third hit of the contest, a single to short. Woods then doubled into right field, advancing Eldredge to third, and Pamanian hit into an RBI-producing groundout to score Eldredge.
The Bears were led at the plate by Eldredge's 3-for-3 and Woods' 2-for-4 performances, both of whom notched doubles. Vernaglia finished with a pair of RBI's while Spencer scored twice and tallied a stolen base (12).
A long conference road trip continues for the Bears as they fly south to UCLA for a pair of games Saturday and Sunday against the No. 3 Bruins at Easton Stadium. Game times are 2 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.
California Softball Result: California 000 311 1 - 6 8 0 Washington 100 000 0 - 1 3 1 Thorson and Woods. Boek and Rivera. W - Thorson 18-2. L - Boek 21-6. Save - None. HR - Hyatt (Wash).
Records: California 38-8 (5-5 Pac-10) Washington 32-9 (6-2 Pac-10)