California 7, Baylor
California 7, Baylor 1May 27, 2005
WACO, Texas -- The No. 10 Baylor softball team rallied for a 4-1 victory in game two against No. 2 Cal to force a deciding game three; however, the Golden Bears rebounded for a 7-1 victory in game three as Cal advanced to the Women's College World Series. Baylor finishes the season with a school-best record of 51-14 while Cal improves to 52-13 on the year.
Cal jumped out to an early lead with a run in the first when Vicky Galindo led off the game with a solo home run over the right field wall to give the Golden Bears a 1-0 lead.
Both starting pitchers held the teams scoreless through the next five innings as Baylor trailed by one-run heading into the sixth. With one out, Carrie Leerberg started the Baylor rally when she single to right and stole second with Tessa Lynam at-bat. Lynam came through for Baylor as she hit a single through the right side, scoring Leerberg from second to tie the game at 1-1.
A two-out rally then gave the Lady Bears the victory. After Stephanie Pomes singled and Kim Wilmoth walked to load the bases, Melissa Huffhines took a 3-2 pitch over Alex Sutton's head, clearing the bases as Baylor took a 4-1 lead into the seventh.
Cristin Vitek closed out the win for the Lady Bears in the seventh to pick up the complete game victory. In the win, Vitek allowed only one run on five hits as she improved to 13-5 on the season.
Kelly Anderson took the loss for Cal and fell to 28-8 on the year after she allowed four runs on six hits in six innings of work.
Cal rebounded in game two; however, scoring seven runs in the first two innings as the Golden Bears took a commanding lead.
Cal opened the game with five straight singles as Kaleo Eldredge provided the key hit in the inning with her two-run single to give the Golden Bears a 2-0 lead.
After Julie Meyer led-off the second with a home run; Haley Woods, Jessica Pamanian and Emily Friedman each added RBI in the inning as Cal took a 7-0 lead into the third.
Cal starting pitcher Kristina Thorson kept the Lady Bears off-balance, pitching 4.1 perfect innings before Stephanie Pomes hit a home run to right-center field to make the score 7-1. Thorson retired the next eight batters; however, as Cal claimed the Waco Super Regional title.
Thorson improved to 23-5 with the win after allowing only one hit while striking out 12 in the victory.
Vitek suffered the loss for Baylor after allowing four hits and two runs in one-third of the inning.
-- Courtesy Baylor