Second-Seeded Softball Advances In Winner's Bracket With 2-0 Win Over Florida Atlantic
May 18, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, FL - A day after defeating Connecticut, 2-0, the second-seeded California Golden Bears used eight hits on offense and an excellent three-hit shutout pitching performance by junior Jocelyn Forest to defeat the Florida Atlantic Owls, 2-0, in the winner's bracket of the South Region of the NCAA Regional at Tallahassee, FL. With the win, the Bears tie a school record with 51 wins on the year with only 15 losses. The Owls fall to 46-20.
Cal waited until the top of the third to break the scoreless 0-0 tie, plating two runs in the inning. Senior Pauline Dueï¿½as began the inning with a single down the left-field line. Dueï¿½as then advanced to second on a groundout by junior Candace Harper. Sophomore Veronica Nelson followed with a strikeout looking which brought sophomore Eryn Manahan to the plate, who singled back up the middle, bringing in Dueï¿½as from second on a close play at the plate. On the play, Manahan moved to second and later scored on a line-drive single to center by sophomore Courtney Scott.
FAU attempted to cut away at the Bears lead in the sixth, putting runners on first and second with one out, but Forest turned the threat away, getting the next two batters to fly out to center.
Forest went the distance for Cal, allowing just three hits with six strikeouts and just one walk. She improves to 26-7 on the year.
Nicole Myers took the loss for FAU, falling to 26-12 in 2001.
Manahan, Scott and sophomore Kristen Morley each had two hits in the game for the Bears, while Ninya Ybarra had two hits for the Owls.
The Bears return tomorrow for a 3:30 EDT game between any one of the three remaining teams (Florida, FAU or Florida State).
Game 2, NCAA RegionalSeminole Softball Complex, Tallahassee, FL. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ECalifornia 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 8 0Florida Atlantic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1Pitching: Cal: Forest and Scott, FAU: Myers and Piper2B: Nelson (Cal)WP: Forest (26-7) LP: Myers (26-12) Save: None