No. 5 Softball Edges No. 10 DePaul, 1-0, In Pool Play Of NFCA Leadoff Classic
Feb. 23, 2001
COLUMBUS, GA -- - The No. 5 California Golden Bears defeated the No. 10 DePaul Blue Demons, 1-0, in the first game of the NFCA Leadoff Classic at South Commons Fields in Columbus, GA. With the win, the Bears improve to 8-0, while the Blue Demons fall to 4-1 on the year.
Junior Jocelyn Forest started in the circle for the Bears and proceeded to strike out the first four DePaul batters and retire the first 13 Blue Demons, on her way to her fifth win on the year. She ended the game, allowing two hits and striking out eight Blue Demons.
Cal had a chance to score in the second inning, having runners on first and third with two outs, but a Courtney Scott ground out to the second baseman ended the inning tied, 0-0.
DePaul threatened to score in the top of the sixth after a leadoff walk to Katy Kukman. After a sacrifice bunt and an advance on a fly out, DePaul had a runner on third. That runner remained at stranded after a pop out to senior shortstop Paige Bowie to end the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Forest led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Kristen Morley. Senior Pauline Dueï¿½as followed up with a hit batter to put Cal runners on first and second. Bowie grounded into a fielders choice, advancing Forest to third while Dueï¿½as was out on the play. Nelson followed up with an intentional walk, loading the bases and bringing junior Candace Harper to the plate. With the count 3-2, Harper lined out to third to end the Cal scoring bid.
DePaul led off the seventh with a double to left center, but could not manage to score the run.
The Bears led off their half of the seventh with a single to right by sophomore Eryn Manahan. Senior Amber Phillips reached first on a failed fielder's choice attempt by the DePaul second baseman. With Manahan on second and Phillips on first, Scott bunted the runners over into scoring position. With Forest at bat, Blue Demon pitcher threw a wild pitch, allowing Manahan to score from third and win the game for the Bears, with a final, 1-0.
Manahan had both hits for Cal, a single in the second and another in the seventh.
Cal next faces No. 15 Nebraska tonight, Feb 23, at 7:30 p.m. EST, and then returns tomorrow to take on Long Island at 12:30 p.m. EST.
Game 1 at South Commons Complex, Columbus, GA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H EDePaul 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0Cal 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0Pitching:Cal: Forest (1) to Scott, DePaul: Chouinard (1) to Allen2B: DePaul: Desecki
WP: Forest (5-0) LP: Chouinard
Eryn Manahan scores on a wild pitch with one out in the bottom of the seventh.