California picked up its first win of the season in four tries against Arizona and improved to 14-13 all-time in the WCWS. Arizona drooped to 45-19 in WCWS play. Cal is 2-2 in this year's event, while Arizona fell to 2-1.
Cal improved to 3-4 in the extra inning games this season, while Arizona dropped to 1-1.
Cal starting pitcher Kelly Anderson has been a workhorse for the Golden Bears during the postseason, throwing 53 of the team's 61 innings. Anderson has allowed just four earned runs and has a 6-1 postseason record.
Golden Bears' senior catcher Courtney Scott came through in dramatic fashion with just her second hit of the WCWS to tie the game with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Scott's RBI was her first of the WCWS. Scott also singled in the bottom of the 12th and pinch runner Linzi Wescott eventually scored the winning run.
Cal was swept by Arizona in three Pac-10 regular season meetings by a combined score of 14-5. Cal beat Arizona, 6-0, in last season's WCWS title game.
Arizona freshman starting pitcher Alicia Hollowell walked a career-high eight batters today, three were of the intentional variety to California first baseman Veronica Nelson. The walks marked a WCWS single-game record and Hollowell has now walked 13 during the series, two short of the WCWS individual record.
Hollowell struck out 16 Golden Bears for her third consecutive double-digit strikeout performance in the 2003 WCWS. Hollowell, 40-4, has recorded double-digit strikeouts 15 times this season. She has struck out 10 or more batters in 35 percent of her starts this season. Hollowell, who has thrown 96 percent (50-of-52) of Arizona's postseason innings, has piled up 42 strikeouts in the WCWS. She has turned up the heat during the WCWS with 65 percent (42-of-64) of her postseason punch-outs coming in three WCWS games (Arizona played four regional games). Hollowell picked up her first loss since April 11 when the Wildcats fell 4-3 to Stanford. Hollowell racked up 16 wins since her last loss.
Cal's Kelly Anderson improved to 22-11 on the season after throwing her longest career outing. Anderson tied a season high with eight innings pitched against UCLA in Game 4 of the WCWS. Hollowell's 11.1 innings marked a career high (she threw 11 innings against Oregon State in the Wildcats' only other extra inning game this season).
Anderson carries a 0.88 ERA and 2-1 WCWS record into tonight's rematch with Arizona, which will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion Game 12. The 12-inning outing was Anderson's first complete game of the series.
Cal sophomore shortstop Chelsea Spencer is leading the Golden Bears' offensive attack with a .375 batting average, one home run and four RBIs. Spencer had a stellar WCWS in 2002 and was named to the All-WCWS Team.