No. 4 Softball Sweeps Doubleheader Over Saint Mary's
Feb. 28, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - The No. 4 California Golden Bears returned home for the first time in nine games and disposed of the Saint Mary's Gaels in a doubleheader at Levine-Fricke Field, 2-0 and 4-0, respectively. The wins improve Cal's record to 13-0, while the Gaels fall to 9-7 on the year.
Senior Nicole DiSalvio (5-0) pitched her third shutout on the year for the Bears in game one, allowing four hits while striking out four Gaels. DiSalvio had a perfect game going until Michelle Hanifan broke up the no-hitter with a single up the middle in the fifth.
The Bears had to wait until the second inning to crack the scoreboard, scoring one run in the inning. Sophomore Eryn Manahan drove in freshman Katie Andrew, who was pinch running for sophomore Veronica Nelson who drew a walk to leadoff the inning. Andrew moved to second on a perfect sacrifice bunt by junior Candace Harper and came around from second on the Manahan single to right.
Cal squandered an opportunity to score in the fifth. Junior Jocelyn Forest slapped a single past a diving Gael Laura Connors at third and then stole second. Forest moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Kristen Morley. With one out, Saint Mary's pitcher Jennifer Eaton (5-2) got the next two Bears batters out, the first on a fly out to right and the next to strikeout looking, keeping Cal to a one-run lead.
With Cal ahead 1-0 in the sixth, the Bears finally managed to add an insurance run to their slight lead. Sophomore Mikella Pedretti drove in senior Amber Phillips (pinch running for Nelson who walked earlier in the inning) from third. Phillips moved to second on another sacrifice by Harper and advanced to third on another base hit by Manahan, this time of the infield kind. Forest scored the Bears second and final run of the game on a fielder's choice RBI by Pedretti.
Manahan had two hits for Cal, with single hits coming from Nelson, Pedretti and Forest.
For the Gaels, Janelle Yousef, Hanifan, Jenn Arnold and Tiffany Redding all had one hit apiece.
Cal jumped on the board early in game two, as Manahan deposited her first homer of the year and seventh in her young Cal career over the left field wall, giving the Bears a 1-0 lead in the second.
The Bears took away any doubt of a Gael comeback, scoring three runs in the sixth, giving Cal a four-run lead, 4-0. Forest helped her own cause, driving in two runs on a single to center. Morley had the other RBI in the inning.
In the circle, Forest allowed her one and only hit in the fourth, a line-drive single past Harper's outstretched glove at third, as Forest earned her seventh consecutive win in the circle and fourth complete-game shutout on the season. Forest, who struck out the side three times, finished the game with a season-best 16 strikeouts.
Manahan, celebrating her 20th birthday today, as well as Forest, each recorded three hits on the day for the Bears.
Cal returns to the road once again, competing in the CS Fullerton Worth Invitational, Friday through Sunday. Cal returns home on March. 6, when it hosts New Mexico in a doubleheader slated to start at 1 p.m.
Game 1 of Doubleheader at Levine-Fricke Field, Berkeley, CA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ESMC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0No. 4 California 0 1 0 0 0 1 X 2 5 3Pitching: Cal: DiSalvio (1) to Scott, SMC: Eaton (1) to ArnoldWP: DiSalvio (5-0) LP: Eaton (5-2) Save: None
Game 2 of Doubleheader at Levine-Fricke Field, Berkeley, CA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ESMC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1No. 4 California 1 0 0 0 0 3 X 4 9 0Pitching: Cal: Forest (1) to Scott, SMC: Wierdlin (1) to ArnoldHR: Manahan (1)WP: Forest (7-0) LP: Wiedlin (4-3) Save: None