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Women's College World Series: Game Thirteen
NCAA Women's College World Series
With everything to lose and that much more to gain, both Arizona and California scored early. In the top of the second, leadoff batter Kaleo Eldredge hit a home run. In the bottom of the second, Lisah Ribellia hit an RBI double to centerfield that scored leadoff batter Wendy Allen who walked. First baseman Veronica Nelson broke the tie in the top of the fifth with a two-run bomb that put the defending champs up 3-1. The Golden Bears padded the lead in the seventh with an RBI single to left from Chelsea Spencer. The Wildcats were unable to put anymore runs on the board in the seventh and the defending champs found themselves in the championship game for the second year in a row.
Arizona was eliminated and California advances to the championship game to be playedat 3:30 p.m.
WHAT THEY SAID
"I thought this was the greatest day in the Cal season. To knock off the No. 1 team inthe nation was amazing. Kelly (Anderson) threw with all her heart. I'm very proud. We gottimely hits with runners in scoring position. I think our hitters became more patient. Ourhitting in the last two weeks has really come on strong. It feels wonderful to be in thechampionship game. I'm really proud of the players and we're ready to play."
"It's pretty tiring (to play two marathon games in one day). We just have to go out(tomorrow) and give 100 percent."
"I'm surprised they pitched to me. I just came in prepared. It's pretty frustrating (toget walked so much), but when you get that many walks I just have to remember that my team will come through."
"It was a tough day. My hat's off to Cal. They came in and competed well. They gotthe job done when they needed to. I wouldn't take them lightly if I were anyone. Aliciagave it everything she had. I'm very proud of them. These kids improved on a day to daybasis (since the beginning of the season). We couldn't quite get our offense going. Wewere slow at making adjustments. It was a tough decision to pitch to Veronica (Nelson).We tried to pitch around her, but it didn't quite happen that way. We did the same thingin the first game and we got her. She's a tough hitter."
"Obviously it had a little effect. I thought we came out and did what we needed todo in the second game."
"I was a little tired, but not enough for it to be an excuse."
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