Softball Cruises To Two More Wins at UNLV Classic
Feb. 17, 2001
LAS VEGAS, NV -
The California Golden Bears won their fourth consecutive game of the UNLV Classic and sixth straight game on the year to improve to 6-0 in 2001. In game one, No.7 Cal came from behind to defeat No. 12 Nebraska (4-3), 6-5 in eight innings. The Bears came back in game two to shutout host UNLV (6-5), 3-0.
In game one, Nebraska got on the board with three runs in the first and two more in the third. With the score 5-0 in favor of Nebraska, the Bears began their offensive assault.
In the bottom of the third, senior Pauline Dueï¿½as led off the inning with a walk. After a Paige Bowie strikeout, sophomore Veronica Nelson doubled down the right field line to bring in Dueï¿½as and cut the Nebraska lead to, 5-1. Immediately following Nelson's double, junior Candace Harper launched a ball well over the left field fence for her first home run on the young season.
The score remained 5-3 in favor of Nebraska until the Bears half of the fourth.
With one out in the fourth, sophomore Kristen Morley had an infield single to the shortstop and advanced to second on a fielder's choice by Dueï¿½as. Bowie came up next and singled up the middle to bring in Morley and bring the Nebraska lead to 5-4.
Cal managed to tie the score in the sixth after the Nebraska third baseman committed an error on a Harper groundball. On the play, Dueï¿½as scored from third after singling to center earlier in the inning.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the eighth. Due to the international tie-breaker rule, Phillips began the inning on second base. After an error by the second baseman on a Morley grounder, Phillips advanced to third. Dueï¿½as followed that up with a ground out up the middle that scored Phillips and broke the tie, 6-5, which is how the game ended.
Forest earned her third win on the weekend, pitching a complete game, while allowing five runs on 10 hits and striking out 10 Nebraska hitters. With the win, Forest improves to 4-0 on the season.
The Bears had a little easier time in game two, scoring three runs in first against UNLV and coasting the rest of the way.
Senior Nicole DiSalvio started in the circle for Cal for her first start of the season. She went the distance, allowing four hits and no runs, while striking out seven and walking two Rebel batters.
Nelson had the big hit in the first, smashing a two-run homer to deep left center to put the Bears ahead 3-0. That was Nelson's second home run on the year and her 16 four-bagger in her career at Cal.
The Bears face Fordham on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. to wrap-up the UNLV Classic.
GAME ONEat Desert Breeze Field
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H EUN 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 10 3CAL 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 1 6 8 1
WP: Forest (CAL), 4-0 LP: James (UN), 2-2
GAME TWOat Desert Breeze Field
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ECAL 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 1UNLV 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3
WP: DiSalvio (CAL), 1-0 LP: Ellis (UNLV), 2-2