STANFORD – Junior Jocelyn Forest pitched a two-hitter, but the No. 4 California Golden Bears fell to the No. 3 Stanford Cardinal, 5-2, in game one of a Pac-10 three-game series. Forest allowed five runs, only two earned, as Cal committed two errors on the day, allowing Stanford to score three unearned runs. The Bears fall to 43-5 overall and just 2-4 in the Pac-10, while the Cardinal improves to 37-4-1 overall, 6-1 in the conference.
The Cardinal jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning on no hits and two-unearned runs.
The Bears tied the game in the fourth when junior Candace Harper ended Cardinal hurler Dana Sorensen's no-hit bid and shutout with one swing of the bat, sending a shot well over the left-center field fence to cut the Stanford lead to, 2-1. Then stepped to the plate, sophomore Veronica Nelson. With a 2-0 count, Nelson instantly broke her own single-season home run record and set the new Cal career homer record with one swing of the bat, tying the game at two apiece, giving her 15 round trippers on the season.
That would be all the runs the Bears would score, as Stanford put three more runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth on two hits, the only hits allowed by Forest, to break the 2-2 tie for the eventual, 5-2, final.
Sorensen earned her 21st win on the season for Stanford, also pitching a two-hitter, while striking out five Cal batters.
Forest falls to 22-4 in 2001, with a game-high nine strikeouts on the day.
Cal gets back into action tomorrow for a doubleheader versus the same Stanford Cardinal. Game one is set to begin at 1 p.m., and will be televised on Fox Sports Net on a taped delay basis at 4 p.m.