No. 3 Bears Post Two Wins In Opening Pool Play At Capital Classic
March 15, 2001
SACRAMENTO, CA - The No. 3 California Golden Bears did it again, defeating Miami University, 13-1, in game one of the Capital Classic and then junior Jocelyn Forest had a one-hitter with a career-high 18 strikeouts to lead the Bears to a 3-1 eight inning win over the Purdue Boilermakers, Cal improve its school best record start to 30-0.
The Bears scored early and often against the Red Hawks, posting one run in the first, two in the second, one more in the third and nine in the fifth.
Eight starters recorded hits for Cal. Sophomore Veronica Nelson homered in the third, giving her eight on the year. Junior Candace Harper had three hits, sophomore Kristen Morley, senior Pauline Dueï¿½as and sophomore Courtney Scott each had two hits apiece to lead the Bears offensive attack.
Game two had all the makings of a suspense thriller. Entering the game, junior Jocelyn Forest had an 86 consecutive scoreless inning streak going, but in the third inning against the Boilermakers' Sara Hall, and like all good things, the streak came to an end, as Hall homered to put Purdue ahead, 1-0 Forest's 88 consecutive inning streak ranks her fifth in the NCAA all-time record book.
That lead would stand up until the seventh, when sophomore Eryn Manahan led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Senior Amber Phillips then sacrificed Manahan to third t give the Bears a scoring opportunity. Scott followed with a one-out double to drive in Manahan and tie the score, 1-1.
The game went to the eighth, as the Boilermakers were unable to score in their half of the seventh. Dueï¿½as was placed on second because of the international tiebreaker. Senior Paige Bowie moved Dueï¿½as to third on a sacrifice bunt. Nelson then walked and followed by a Harper walk to load the bases. Manahan then came through with a single to center to bring in Dueï¿½as and give the Bears the lead, 2-1. The scoring did not end there. Phillips also singled to center to drive in Nelson and give Cal an insurance run with the final, 3-1.
Forest earned the win, going eight strong innings with the home run to Hall being the only hit of the game for Purdue. She improves to 16-0 on the year.
Game 1 of Capital Classic, Sacramento, CA 1 2 3 4 5 -- R H ENo. 3 California 1 2 1 0 9 -- 13 13 1Miami-Ohio 0 0 0 0 1 -- 1 1 3
HR - CAL: Nelson (8),2B: -- CAL: Dueï¿½as ,2WP - Davis (2-0), LP Ab. Arnold (2-6)
Game 2 of Capital Classic, Sacramento, CA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 -- R H ENo. 3 California 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 -- 3 3 1Purdue 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 -- 1 1 2
HR - Purdue: HallWP - Forest (16-0), LP Burk (5-3)