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March 13, 2004

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. – California-Berkeley’s Kristina Thorson threw a perfect game in leading the third-ranked Golden Bears to an 8-0 five inning victory over the University of Virginia softball team late Friday evening (March 12) in pool play of the 2004 National Invitational Softball Tournament at Twin Creeks Sports Complex. UVa also lost to Purdue 8-0 in pool play Friday and stands at 0-2 in the tournament and 12-12 overall. Cal improves to 23-3 on the season.

Thorson (10-0) retired all 15 Virginia batters she faced, including eight by strike out, in registering the perfect game. Fourth-year pitcher Joanna Barstad (Canby, Ore./Canby) took the loss in the circle for the Cavaliers. UVa committed three errors behind Barstad, and four in the game, that led to five unearned runs in the first three innings. Barstad pitched 2.2 innings while falling to 4-5 on the season. First-year Coty Tolar (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) pitched the final 2.1 innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on one hit with three walks and one strikeout.

The Golden Bears capitalized on the three early UVa errors to score two runs in the first inning and three more in the third for a 5-0 advantage. Cal added two more runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to make the final score 8-0. The eight-run rule was invoked after Virginia failed to score in the bottom of the fifth.

The Cavaliers continue play in the National Invitational Softball Tournament in round robin competition. On Saturday, UVa plays Sacramento State at 1:00 p.m. and San Jose State at 5:00 p.m.

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