No. 5 California Sweeps First Day at the UCSB Invitational
Feb. 22, 2002
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The No. 5 Golden Bears (12-4) defeated Santa Clara (7-7), 6-2, in the early morning game Friday in the UCSB 'Softball by the Beach' Invitational at Elings Park. California took the second game, 1-0, in an extra-inning thriller versus BYU (5-6).
In the first game, junior All-American Veronica smashed her second homer of the year to give Cal an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second. In the bottom half of the inning, Santa Clara manufactured a run as a leadoff double by junior Tracie Hall started off the Broncos' second set. Kelley Johnson then singled her home to even up the score.
In the third inning, on the strength of five base hits and a walk, the Bears brought in four runs as juniors Courtney Scott and Mikella Pedretti both singled in bases loaded situations, bringing in two runs a piece.
In the fourth inning, Cal scored another run as freshman Kaleo Eldredge advanced to third and scored on Santa Clara pitcher Jennifer Ponzo's two wild pitches.
Pedretti tallied her third RBI of the game when she doubled to the gap in left center. Freshman Chelsea Spencer scored from first.
Junior pitcher Jen Deering threw five innings, striking out five and walking just one. Freshman Cassie Bobrow came in to spell Deering and finished off the last two innings, giving up two hits while striking out a batter. Deering improves to 5-1 on the year. Ponzo falls to 2-4.
The second game remained scoreless, going into extra innings when the international tiebreaker rule went into effect as each team placed a runner on second base to start the inning. BYU threatened in the top of the eighth, pushing over its runner to third on a sacrifice hit. The inning ended when Aaron Laynes fouled out to left.
Cal took advantage of its extra-inning opportunity as Eldredge scored from second on Candace Harper's double to right center for the game-winner.
After walking the first batter of the game, senior pitcher Jocelyn Forest went on to strike out the next 11 batters. In all, Forest tallied 14 strikeouts in a two-hit, eight-inning gem - her fifth complete game of the season.
Eldredge, who extended her hitting streak to 11 games, hit what appeared to be a triple into left center in the third inning. However, on an appeal by BYU, the first base umpire called her out as the Hawaii native failed to touch up on first base.
Harper had her six-game hitting streak snapped in the first game, but rebounded with a 3-for-4 performance against the Cougars, including the game-winning double.
'I thought that Jocelyn threw just an outstanding game today - that was a real positive,' said coach Diane Ninemire. 'Kaleo hit well today and so did Veronica Nelson. Again, our defense was sound behind the pitcher.'
The Bears face host, UCSB, at 4:30 p.m. and Cal Poly in the nightcap at 7 p.m. at Elings Park.
Softball Result at Elings Park
Santa Barbara, CA
Game 1 vs. Santa Clara
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ECalifornia 0 1 4 1 0 0 1 7 8 0Santa Clara 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 3
Win: Deering, Cal (5-1)Loss: Ponzo, SCU (2-4)Home Runs: Nelson, Cal (2)
Game 2 vs. BYU
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H EBYU 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0California 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 0
Win: Forest, Cal (4-3)Loss: Capra, BYU (1-1)Home Runs: None