June 2, 2010 |
There was nothing complicated about that photograph of Elena Kagan, the one that showed her standing at bat on a playground diamond. Maybe if she had been kicking a soccer ball or diving off the high board, there wouldn't have been as much fuss. But the Supreme Court nominee's sexual orientation was already the stuff of rumors, given that she was single and kept her hair short. Her supporters accused conservatives of trying to damage her chances by whispering that she was gay. Adding softball to the conversation only amped up the volume, all those bloggers and television commentators, and the White House was compelled to reiterate that Kagan was heterosexual.
August 9, 1991 |
This is getting to be a habit. The U.S. women's softball team threw yet another no-hitter, its fourth in six games, beating Venezuela, 6-0, Thursday night. This one had a trick to it, though. Michele Granger, who no-hit Puerto Rico, 10-0, on Monday, threw nine consecutive balls to start the game. She then left with a blister on her ring finger and was replaced by Lisa Fernandez. Fernandez, the only U.S.
April 9, 1992
The top-rated UCLA softball team split a doubleheader with second-ranked and defending national champion Arizona Tuesday at UCLA. Arizona won the opener, 1-0, behind the two-hit pitching of Debby Day. That broke a UCLA winning streak of 33 games and was the Bruins' first home loss since March, 1990. UCLA defeated Arizona, 1-0, in the nightcap with a fifth-inning home run by Joanne Alchin and the four-hit, eight-strikeout pitching of Lisa Fernandez (15-0).
March 28, 1987
Lisa Fernandez's single in the 10th inning scored Sandy Buckner and gave the United States a 1-0 victory over Antilles Friday in the quarterfinals in the Pan American women's softball championships at Lima, Peru. Fernandez, of St. Joseph High School, was the game's winning pitcher, going six innings and striking out 10. Starter Dede Weiman pitched four innings and also struck out 10. The game was scoreless after nine innings, and the international softball tie-breaker went into effect.
April 2, 1992 |
The top-ranked UCLA women's softball team will play host Tuesday to second-ranked and defending NCAA champion Arizona in a rematch of last year's final. The doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. and will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by Prime Ticket at 7:30 p.m. Arizona (32-3) ended UCLA's streak of three consecutive championships last season. The Bruins (31-0) are led by junior right-hander Lisa Fernandez, who leads the team in victories (13), strikeouts (112) and shutouts (10).
June 1, 1989
Cerritos College won its ninth junior college baseball state championship last weekend by defeating Sacramento City College, 7-5, in Sacramento. 49ers Bound for Omaha Cal State Long Beach, 50-13 in its first season under Coach Dave Snow, will play Texas at 2 p.m. Saturday in the first round of the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. Rams, Dons Seek Titles Two area high school baseball teams will appear in Dodger Stadium Saturday. Millikan will play El Dorado for the 5-A championship at 7:30 p.m. and Cerritos will play Hart for the 4-A title at 4:30.
March 13, 1987
Geri Gainey of Mater Dei High School and Dede Mossman of St. Joseph have been named most valuable players of the Angelus League by a vote of league girls' basketball coaches. The coaches' teams: FIRST TEAM Patrice Hall Pius X Gina Gross-Rubio Bishop Amat Debbie Wagner Mater Dei Kelly O'Brien Mater Dei Sheri Campbell St. Paul Keisha Kindred Pius X Lisa Fernandez St. Joseph Katie Brazleton St. Joseph Keri Moller B. Montgomery Julie Porter B.
July 5, 1996
Lisa Fernandez, a former UCLA pitcher, had a perfect game in the opener of the doubleheader at Decatur, Ga., beating the Atlanta All-Stars, 9-0; and Michelle Smith followed with a one-hitter for the U.S. Olympic softball team, which also beat the Tennessee All-Stars, 2-0, and finished the U.S. pre-Olympic tour with a 60-1 record. Neither Fernandez nor Smith gave up an earned run during the tour in 13 starts apiece. The U.S.
July 10, 1989
Missy Gyde's fifth-inning home run broke up a scoreless tie and Lisa Fernandez pitched a two-hitter to lead Gordon's Panthers of Cypress to a 2-0 victory over Twin Creeks Diamonds and the championship of the 19-and-under Fast Pitch Hall of Fame Softball Invitational Sunday in Oklahoma City. Gyde, of Kennedy High School, hit a homer to help Gordon's Panthers to a successful defense of its title in the American Softball Assn.-sponsored event.