No. 4 Softball Keeps Rolling With Two More Wins At NIST
March 10, 2001
SUNNYVALE, CA - The No. 4 California Golden Bears battled past the Long Beach State 49ers, 1-0, and followed that win with a convincing 6-0 defeat over No. 24 Oregon. The Bears continue in the championship bracket of the NIST.
Junior Candace Harper finally got the Bears on the board in the bottom of the sixth against the 49ers. With senior Paige Bowie on second after a one-out double, Harper came through in the clutch with a single to left field to drive in Bowie and break the 0-0 tie.
Senior Nicole DiSalvio, who had a no-hitter through 5 2/3 innings, finished with her second win in the tournament and her 11th win on the year. She allowed three LBSU hits, while striking out two and walking only one. Junior Jocelyn Forest came in with two runners on in the seventh and pitched to four batters, walking one, striking out one and getting the final out on a pop out to Dueï¿½as in left, to earn her first save on the year.
With the win, Cal moved through the winner's bracket to play Pac-10 foe No. 24 Oregon.
The Bears wasted no time getting on the board, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning against the Ducks. Sophomore Eryn Manahan led off the inning with a single to center and moved to second on a walk by Dueï¿½as. Both runners moved up 60 feet on a sacrifice bunt by Bowie. The bases become loaded with an intention walk of sophomore Veronica Nelson. Harper made Oregon pay for the walk to Nelson, this time with a single to center, driving in Manahan and Dueï¿½as to give Cal the early two-run advantage.
The Ducks let Nelson swing the bat in the fifth, and with two outs, the ball finally landed well over the left center field fence for her seventh homer on the year, bringing in Manahan from first who walked to start the inning.
Cal put a single run on the board in the sixth to go up, 5-0. Sophomore Mikella Pedretti led off the inning with a single past the right side. Freshman Danielle Setiawan came in to pinch run for Pedretti and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Forest. Setiawan then moved to third on a Manahan ground out to the second baseman and finally came in to score on a Bowie single to right.
The Bears were not done there. In the seventh, Cal scored another run to take the eventual final, 6-0. Forest slapped a double down the left field line to bring in senior Amber Phillips who singled to right earlier in the inning.
Forest, once again added to her scoreless inning streak, and now has 74 consecutive scoreless innings pitched, ranking her seventh in the NCAA all-time record book. She earns her third win in the tournament and her 14th overall win without a loss in a two-hit, seven-strikeout performance.
Sophomore Kourtney Davis came in to pitch the seventh inning and did not allow a hit while walking three.
The Bears come back to play later tonight at 8 p.m. at Twin Creeks Complex versus the winner of the Arizona State and Iowa game.
Game 1 of Championship Bracket of National Invitational Softball Tournament, Sunnyvale, CA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ELong Beach State 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1No. 4 California 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 1 4 0Pitching: Cal: DiSalvio (1), Forest (7) and Scott, LBSU: Nasrawi (1) and Tucker2B: Bowie (Cal)HR:WP: DiSalvio (11-0) LP: Nasrawi Save: Forest (1)
Game 2 (Winners Bracket) of Championship Bracket of National Invitational Softball Tournament, Sunnyvale, CA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ENo. 4 California 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 6 11 0No 24 Oregon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2Pitching: Cal: Forest (1), Davis (7) and Scott, Oregon: Wangler (1) and Planche2B: Forest (Cal)HR: Nelson (Cal, 7)WP: Forest (14-0) LP: Wangler (3-4) Save: None