No. 4 Softball Matches 2000 Start With 19-0 Record.
March 4, 2001
FULLERTON, CA - The No. 4 California Golden Bears matched its 19-0 start from 2000, with another 19-0 start in 2001. The Bears started with a win over the Harvard Crimson, 7-0, and then came back to defeat the Portland State Vikings, 7-0.
The Bears offense finally came to life in the third against the Crimson, as sophomore Veronica Nelson doubled down the left field line to score fellow sophomore Kristen Morley from second who singled to right earlier in the inning and then moved to second on a senior Paige Bowie walk.
Through three complete, Cal held a slight 1-0 lead.
The Bears added another run in the fourth, giving Cal a 2-0 advantage. With one out, senior Amber Phillips was hit in the arm by the pitch, awarding her first base. Sophomore Courtney Scott moved Phillips to second on a single up the middle. Sophomore Mikella Pedretti followed with a base hit to left, to drive in Phillips from second. With the bases loaded after a senior Pauline Dueï¿½as walk, Bowie popped out to the third baseman to end the rally with the Bears ahead, 2-0.
Cal met the scoreboard yet again in the fifth with a five spot, giving the Bears a 7-0 lead. Cal batted around in the fifth, as Phillips, Morley and Dueï¿½as each had a hit in the inning, with Dueï¿½as recording two RBI. The Bears benefited from three Crimson errors in the inning.
Senior Nicole DiSalvio went for Cal, earning her eighth consecutive win without a loss on the year. She allowed four hits on the day while striking out two Harvard batters. Sophomore Kourtney Davis came in to pitch the seventh for the Bears, setting Harvard down in order.
Morley and Scott both had two hits apiece for Cal against Harvard.
The Bears followed up their win over the Crimson with another win over the Vikings. In the second inning and one out, Harper got the rally started with a single to left followed with back-to-back singles by Manahan and Phillips, with Phillips single bringing in Harper. Junior Jocelyn Forest then grounded to the third baseman who threw the ball past the first baseman, allowing both Manahan and Phillips to score, and give Cal an early 3-0 lead.
With one out in the third, Bowie singled over the third baseman and advance to second on a wild pitch. Nelson then came up and hit a double to the right field gap, scoring Bowie from second and giving the Bears a 4-0 lead.
Cal showed no signs of letting up in the fourth, stringing together three infield hits (Phillips, Scott and Forest). Morley then came through with a single to left, driving in Phillips. From there, Dueï¿½as slapped a single down the line, hitting third base on the way to left field, bringing in Scott and Forest. The inning ended with the Bears ahead, 7-0.
Forest, already with two wins in the tournament and three wins in the week, earned her 10th win on the year, giving up no runs on three Viking hits while striking out seven with no walks. 10 consecutive wins only tells half of the story for Forest, who, with seven scoreless innings against Portland St., improved her scoreless inning streak to 48 straight, her longest streak of this kind in her career.
With hits against Harvard and Portland State, Manahan extended her hitting streak to eight games.
The Bears return home to host New Mexico State on Wednesday, Mar. 6 at Levine-Fricke Field, with the first game to begin at 1 p.m. and head to San Jose, CA for the National Invitational Softball Tournament (NIST), next Friday through Sunday.
Day 3, Game 5 Worth Invitational, Fullerton, CA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 -- R H ENo. 4 California 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 -- 7 10 1Harvard 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 4 3Pitching: Cal: DiSalvio (1) and Scott, Davis (7), Harvard: Whitton (1) and McKendry, Thoke (5), Brotemarkle (7)2B: Nelson (Cal)WP: DiSalvio (8-0) LP: Whitton (1-0) Save: None
Day 3, Game 5 Worth Invitational, Fullerton, CA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 -- R H EPortland State 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 3 1No. 4 California 0 3 1 0 0 0 X -- 7 10 02B: Nelson (Cal)Pitching: Cal: Forest (1) and Scott, PSU: Siebert (1) and PapasaderoWP: Forest (10-0) LP: Sibert Save: None