#14 UW 0, #8 Cal 2

Julie Meyer homered and ended the game with an unassisted double play to back the three hit pitching of Kristina Thorson as the eighth ranked California Golden Bears shut out the 14th ranked Huskies 2-0 in the Pac-10 opener for both teams at Husky Softball Stadium on Friday afternoon.

With the victory the Bears improved to 32-3 overall and 1-0 in the Pac-10 while the Huskies dropped to 25-9 and 0-1.

Meyer gave Cal a 1-0 lead with a two out solo homer over the left field wall against starte Caitlin Noble in the second. Then, when the Huskies threatened in the bottom of the seventh with two runners aboard on a double by Dena Tyson and single by Alicia Matthews, Noble came to the plate and lined a two strike pitch right at Meyer, who snared the ball and stepped on first base to double off Matthews and preserve the shutout.

Thorson, a senior from Lake Forest Park, Washington and Shorecrest High School, improved to 21-2 with a complete game. She allowed three hits and two walks while striking out 11. She started slowly, walking Dominique Lastrapes and Sarah Hyatt in the bottom of the first, but got Ashlyn Watson to hit a soft blooper to shortstop Carly Winger and struck out Aimee Minor to end the inning.

After that the only baserunners she allowed before the seventh came when she hit Tyson with a pitch in the second and gave up and infield single to Ashley Charters in the third.

Noble (11-4) suffered the loss for the Huskies despite pitching her 12th complete game of the season. She gave up two runs on nine hits and two walks. She struck out 10. After the homer by Meyer the Bears got their second run in the fifth, loading the bases on three infield singles and scoring on a ground out to third baseman Sarah Hyatt. Hyatt prevented at least another run and perhaps two when she made a great play, diving to her left to catch a low line drive by Katie Vickers.

The Huskies next host fifth ranked Stanford for two games on Saturday, April 1 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, April 2 at 1 p.m.

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