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Bears sweep doubleheader against Santa Clara

Daily Planet Wire Services
Friday April 27, 2001

The No. 4 California Golden Bears swept the Santa Clara Broncos in a mid-week doubleheader, 8-1 and 2-0. The Bears used 12 hits in game one and another six in the nightcap to help improve their record to 47-8 overall. The Broncos fall to 14-33 on the year.  

Cal broke the first game open in the fourth inning, scoring three runs on two hits. Candace Harper, Veronica Nelson and Paige Bowie each drove in a run in the inning to give Cal a 5-1 lead.  

The Bears plated an unearned run in the fifth and two more in the sixth on a two-run homer by Nelson.  

Forest pitched six innings of one-run three-hit ball with eight strikeouts to earn the win and improve to 25-5 on the season. Jen Deering pitched a scoreless seventh in a non-save opportunity.  

The fourth inning was good to the Bears again in the second game, as Nelson sent a shot to deep left-center field, clearing the wall with ease for her 18th homer on the season, giving Cal an insurance run for the eventual 2-0 final. Nelson’s roundtripper gives her 18 on the year, adding to her single-season home run record as well as the Cal career homer record (32).  

After a leadoff single by SCU’s Sydney Wiginton to open the game, Cal senior Nicole DiSalvio got the next 21 batters out in order to win her 17th decision with only three losses. DiSalvio also fanned four Bronco batters.  

Friday, Cal heads to No. 2 UCLA for continued Pac-10 competition at Easton Field, at 2 p.m., and then travels up to No. 13 Washington for a two-game series. Saturday’s game starts at 2 p.m.