No. 4 Softball Continues Streaks With Doubleheader Sweep Over New Mexico State
March 6, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - Streaks are apart of the game, and the No. 4 California Golden Bears are no strangers to streaks. With a doubleheader sweep over the visiting New Mexico State Aggies, the Bears set a new Cal record for the best start of a season, stringing together 21 consecutive wins. The 2000 Cal squad set the previous record with 19 straight wins. The Bears defeated the Aggies, 3-0 in game one, and came back in game two with another 3-0 win. Also continuing her more than impressive streak was junior pitcher Jocelyn Forest, who, with seven more scoreless innings, continues her Cal record streak of 55 consecutive scoreless innings.
As if two streaks are not enough for the Bears, sophomore Eryn Manahan, with hits in both games, continued her hitting streak to 10 games.
Cal wasted no time with three runs in the first. With one out and senior Paige Bowie on first after reaching base on a fielder's choice, sophomore Veronica Nelson sent a double down the left field line, moving Bowie to third. Junior Candace Harper singled up the middle, scoring Bowie from third and helping Cal take the early 1-0 lead. Manahan followed with a triple over the head of Aggie Tiffany Ruiz in right field, scoring Nelson and Harper, and giving the Bears the 3-0 lead.
The Aggies loaded the bases in the third with two outs, but senior Nicole DiSalvio struck Mel Briggs out looking, to end the NMSU threat.
The Aggies threatened again in the sixth. With one out, Briggs singled to left and moved to third on an Amber Mosher double to right. DiSalvio got the next two batters to pop out to second and strike out swinging, respectively, to keep the Bears three run lead intact.
DiSalvio (9-0), pitching her sixth complete-game shutout on the year, improved her record to 9-0 in 2001. On the day, DiSalvio squandered eight Aggie hits while striking out five and walking two.
Mosher took the loss in game one for New Mexico State.
Nelson put the Bears ahead in the first inning of game two with a two-run blast over the right center field wall, bringing in Bowie along the way, who singled up the middle one batter earlier. For Nelson, that was her fifth home run on the year and the 19th in her career.
With Cal leading 2-0, Forest had enough support to earn her 11th consecutive win without a loss. She finished with two hits allowed and 15 strikeouts without a walk.
The Bears added a single run in the third to up their lead to 3-0. With sophomore Kristen Morley at second after singling and moving to second on a putout, Bowie singled in the infield. Aggie catcher Adrian Nobles fielded the Bowie single and threw the ball over the head of NMSU first baseman Ryon Adams, allowing Morley to score Cal's third and final run.
Mosher took the loss in game two as well, dropping to 4-6 on the year.
Cal returns to the road once again, this time to San Jose, CA, for the National Invitational Softball Tournament, Friday through Sunday. On Friday, the Bears open against Southern Illinois at 10 a.m., followed by UC Santa Barbara at noon, and then Iowa at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the tournament enters double-elimination bracket play.
Game 1 of Doubleheader at Levine-Fricke Field, Berkeley, CA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 -- R H ENew Mexico St. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 8 1No. 4 California 3 0 0 0 0 0 X -- 3 3 0Pitching: Cal: DiSalvio (1) and Scott, NMSU: Mosher (1) and Nobles2B: Mosher (NMSU)3B: Manahan (Cal)P: DiSalvio (9-0) LP: Mosher (4-5) Save: None
Game 2 of Doubleheader at Levine-Fricke Field, Berkeley, CA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 -- R H ENew Mexico St. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 2 2No. 4 California 2 0 1 0 0 0 X -- 3 7 0Pitching: Cal: DiSalvio (1) and Scott, NMSU: Mosher (1) and Nobles2B: Scott (Cal), Olivares (NMSU)HR: Nelson (Cal, 5th)WP: Forest (11-0) LP: Mosher (4-6) Save: None