No. 5 Cal Falls to Southwest Texas, 3-2
Feb. 10, 2002
PHOENIX, Ariz. - No. 5 California (4-4) was defeated by No. 19 Southwest Texas (3-7), 3-2, Sunday afternoon in the finale of the Fiesta Bowl Classic. The Golden Bears made a last inning rally, loading the bases as the first three hitters of the inning singled.
Veronica Nelson came up to bat with the bases juiced and no outs. The Bobcats pulled starting pitcher Chase, putting in Nicole Neuerburg to face the junior first baseman. In her first pitch of the game, Neuerburg beaned Nelson to bring in Jessica Vernaglia, who started off the inning with a single to left field, from third. Freshman Kaleo Eldredge then singled to left field, Cal's fourth base hit of the inning, to bring in Morley to close SW Texas' lead to just one.
Courtney Scott came up to bat after Candace Harper popped out to center field. She reached base on a fielder's choice as the Bobcats took out Jessica Pamanian at home plate to maintain the lead. Chelsea Spencer struck out swinging to end the game.
SW Texas started off the scoring as Koop hit a one-out double to the gap in right center field. After Jennie Tomme grounded out to third, Rachael Bonetti singled to left, bringing in Koop from second base. In the top of the next inning, the Bobcats' Leslie Sharp reached base on Pamanian's error at second. Amber Blair hit a grounder to third, but Harper's throw to second was late, allowing both SW Texas' runners to advance safely. Wilson doubled to left center, scoring Sharp from second.
The Bobcats scored the eventual game-winning run in the top of the seventh on a double steal. Zaleski singled to open the inning and advanced to third on Koop's base hit. Then Koop initiated a double steal as she took second. Spencer's throw to the plate was a tad late as Zaleski slid in for the 3-0 lead.
Junior pitcher Jen Deering relieved freshman Kelly Anderson, who pitched three innings. Anderson gave up an earned run and struck out three batters. Deering came into the game in the fourth inning, striking out three in four innings of relief.
The Bears finished the tournament with a 2-3 record, going 0-2 against ranked opponents. Cal prepares to travel to the UNLV Softball Classic and faces another grueling tournament schedule with six opponents slated for next weekend. BYU is the Bears' first opponent Friday at 12:30 p.m.
Softball Result at Rose Mofford Sports Complex
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ESouthwest Texas 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 3 6 2California 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 1
Win: Chase, SWT (n/a)Loss: Anderson, Cal (0-1)Home Runs: None
Records:SW Texas - 3-8California - 4-4