Softball Defeats Fordham in the Final Day of UNLV Classic
Feb. 18, 2001
LAS VEGAS, NV-- - On the strong pitching of senior Nicole DiSalvio and the bat of sophomore Mikella Pedretti, the No. 7 California Golden Bears defeated Fordham (0-5), 14-1, on the third day of the UNLV Classic held in Las Vegas, NV. With the win, Cal earned a share of the tournament title, sharing the honor with UCLA who also went a perfect 5-0 on the weekend. The Bears improve to 7-0 on the season as they prepare for the competitive NFCA Leadoff Classic held next weekend in Columbus, GA.
Fordham took the early lead with a single run in the second on a RBI double to right center by Corinne Courtney, scoring Marie Mitchell from first.
This would be the last time that Fordham would have the lead, as Cal came back with a single run in the third, three in the fourth, four in the fifth and six more in the seventh. This would be the Bears largest margin of victory, dating back to Feb. 13, 2000, when Cal defeated Florida A&M, 14-0 at the Seminole Classic in Tallahassee, FL.
Pedretti helped lead Cal's scoring attack, crushing two homers over the left field fence and driving in five. Also having an outstanding offensive day was sophomore Veronica Nelson who had two hits and an RBI, junior Candace Harper and sophomore Eryn Manahan who had three hits and two RBI apiece and senior Amber Phillips who had two hits.
Picking up her second win in the circle in as many days, senior Nicole DiSalvio went the distance for the Bears, allowing a single run on two hits while striking out 12 opposing batters. In her two wins on the weekend, DiSalvio allowed one run on six hits in 14 innings while striking out 19 and walking three.
Cal returns to action next Friday, Feb. 23 when they take on 2000 World Series participant DePaul followed by Nebraska at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, GA.
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