No. 4 Softball Takes Two In First Day At Fullerton Worth Invite.
March 2, 2001
FULLERTON, CA - The No. 4 California Golden Bears took the first two games of the Fullerton Worth Invitational on Friday, defeating the Minnesota Golden Gofers (10-4-1) in game one, 1-0, and coming back in the night game to defeat the Long Beach State 49ers (5-12), 3-0. With the two wins, Cal improves to 15-0 on the year.
The Bears needed nine innings against the Gofers, playing scoreless ball through regulation. Cal finally broke the scoreless tie in the top of the ninth when junior Jocelyn Forest, pinch running for junior Candace Harper who was placed on second at the start of the inning because of the international tie-breaker rule, scored after moving to third on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Eryn Manahan and then crossing the plate on Minnesota's Piper Martin's (9-2) wild pitch.
One run was all Cal's Nicole DiSalvio needed in the circle, pitching her second consecutive complete-game shutout. DiSalvio finished the day allowing three hits while striking out six and only one walk in nine innings. She improves to 6-0 on the year.
Sophomore Mikella Pedretti led the Bears with two hits.
Game two was a little easier for Cal, scoring one in the first and two more in the fourth. Sophomore Kristen Morley came across in the first on a passed ball after leading off the inning with an infield single, moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Pauline Dueï¿½as, advancing to third on a wild pitch and finally scoring on the passed ball.
Cal went scoreless until the fourth when senior Amber Phillips tripled to right center with runners on second and third to clear the bases and give the Bears a 3-0 lead.
Three runs was plenty for Forest, who continued her scoreless-inning streak, and now has not allowed a run in 33 innings, dating back to Feb. 17 when she gave up two runs in the third inning against Nebraska at the UNLV Classic. Forest also matched her season-high 16 strikeouts from Wednesday against Saint Mary's, with another 16 strikeout performance. With the win, she improves to 8-0 on the year.
The Bears continue the Worth Invite tomorrow, when they face New Mexico at 10 a.m. and then battle the host No. 10 CS Fullerton at 4 p.m.
Game 1 Worth Invitational, Fullerton, CA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 -- R H ENo. 4 California 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -- 1 5 1Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 3 1Pitching: Cal: DiSalvio (1) to Scott, Minnesota: Martin (1) to SmithWP: DiSalvio (6-0) LP: Martin (9-2) Save: None
Game 2 Worth Invitational, Fullerton, CA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 -- R H ELong Beach State 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 2 1No. 4 California 1 0 0 2 0 0 X -- 3 4 0Pitching: Cal: Forest (1) to Scott, LBSU: Knoff (1) to TuckerWP: Forest (8-0) LP: Knoff (3-4) Save: None