No. 5 Cal Falls to Texas, Blanks UNLV
Feb. 9, 2002
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Texas edged No. 5 California (4-3), 2-1, as the Longhorns executed a suicide squeeze bunt in the bottom half of the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie and win the first game on the Bears' docket Saturday afternoon at the Rose Mofford Complex. Cal defeated UNLV in the second game, 5-0.
The Longhorns' Melissa Martin laid down the bunt as Alexis Garcia rumbled home from third. Cal pitcher Jen Deering was unsuccessful in relaying the ball to catcher Courtney Scott, allowing the go-ahead run to score and end the game.
Texas took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Wynter Turner hit a home run to right field, her first of the season, to put the Longhorns in the lead.
In the top of the fourth, the Bears knotted the score. Scott reached on a single, pushing Candace Harper, who walked, to second. Freshman Chelsea Spencer then doubled to left to bring in Harper. But with no outs and Cal threatening, Texas freshman pitcher Cat Osterman struck out the next two batters, Kelly Anderson and Kristen Bayless, and retired Jessica Pamanian on a liner to second base to end the inning.
Cal came close in the fifth inning, as it made a two-out rally. Kaleo Eldredge beat out a dribbler to the pitcher and Harper followed with another infield single, as she hit a hard grounder to the left side of the infield that Longhorn second baseman Gardner had a tough time handling. Scott drew a walk, but Spencer, who hit an RBI double earlier, fouled out.
Deering struck out four and walked two batters in six and a third innings. She lost her first game of the season, dropping to 2-1.
In the second game, the Bears defeated UNLV (3-3), 5-0, as freshman Cassie Bobrow pitched seven shutout innings, striking out five and walking none in her collegiate debut.
Cal played old-school ball, manufacturing runs through sacrifice bunts and steals. In the bottom of the first, Jennifer Reichhoff pinch ran for Nelson, who walked to lead off the game. Eldredge bunted over Reichoff to second. After Harper grounded out to short, Spencer singled to left scoring Reichhoff for the 1-0 lead.
'The team is starting to relax and gelling together as a team,' said student assistant coach Pauline Duenas. 'We came through with key hits and started to execute the little things that make the difference between wins and losses.'
The third inning saw more run production through steals and sacrifice hits. This time, Eldredge reached first when she legged out a tapper to the pitcher. Eldredge then stole her fourth base of the season. Harper then sacrifice bunted Eldredge over to third. Fellow freshman Spencer then singled in Eldredge home.
The Bears added three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Kristen Morley walked to start off the inning. Bayless laid down Cal's third sacrifice bunt of the game and with the Rebels' third baseman charging the hit, a missed assignment saw UNLV with no one covering third base. Morley reached third safely after taking second base on the sacrifice. She then scored when Arica Painter made a throwing error.
In the same inning, with two players on base and one out, Scott, Cal's current RBI leader, singled in two more to put the Bears up, 5-0.
'I thought that Cassie Bobrow threw an outstanding game, said head coach Diane Ninemire.' The key was the strikeouts and no walks. She forced a lot of ground balls and the defense played well behind her.'
Cal closes out the Fiesta Bowl Classic tomorrow as it faces Southwest Texas at 12 p.m. (MT) at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex.
Softball Result at Rose Mofford Sports Complex
vs. Texas 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ECalifornia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0Texas 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 4 0
Win: Osterman, UT (2-2)Loss: Deering, Cal (2-1)Home Runs: Turner (1)
vs. UNLV 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H EUNLV 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2California 1 0 1 0 0 3 X 5 8 1
Win: Bobrow, Cal (1-0)Loss: Truax, UNLV (0-1)Home Runs: None
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