No. 6 Cal Defeats San Diego State, 5-4, in Late-Inning Thriller
March 1, 2002
FULLERTON, Calif. - No. 6 California (16-5) overcame a 4-0 first inning deficit to defeat San Diego State (10-10-1), 5-4, Friday evening in the first day of the Cal State Fullerton Worth Invitational. Unranked Oklahoma State (10-3) defeated the Bears, 1-0, Friday afternoon, in the first game, to snap the Golden Bears' 11-game winning streak.
In the opening game, the two teams battled in a scoreless contest until the bottom of the sixth inning when Oklahoma State's Casey O'Neill reached second on a fly-ball error with one out. Lauren Bay then followed with a double to left center, bringing in O'Neill for the game-winner.
Senior pitcher Jocelyn Forest had another solid outing for Cal in the circle, but again was snake-bitten by the Bears' punchless offense, never threatening Oklahoma State with four hits spread out over seven innings. Forest struck out seven batters, walking just two and scattering three hits.
In the second game, San Diego State marched out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, as the first four batters reached base to chase starting pitcher Jen Deering without recording an out. Freshman pitcher Cassie Bobrow, who threw a perfect game in her last outing vs. Illinois, relieved her. Bobrow threw seven scoreless innings, and since her collegiate debut, hasn't given up an earned run in 32 innings of work.
The Bears got two runs back in their half of the first inning. Kristen Morley reached on a fielders choice and advanced to third when the Aztecs botched a grounder by Candace Harper. Morley scored from third on a Veronica Nelson grounder to the pitcher. Harper scored from second on a double to left center by Courtney Scott.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Forest entered the game for Harper, who singled with one out. Nelson followed suit with a single of her own. After Scott struck out swinging, freshman Kelly Anderson singled, bringing home Forest. Roni Rodrigues, who was pinch running for Nelson, advanced to third, and on a throwing error, attempted home. In what looked like a sure out at the plate, the throw home was also off-line allowing Rodrigues to slide around the catcher's tag for the game-winner.
Harper and Scott collected two hits a piece and Anderson brought in two runs.
The Bears face Ohio State Saturday at noon, in the first game and go up against host, No. 17 Cal State Fullerton in the second game at 4 p.m.
Softball Results at Titan Softball Complex
Game 1 vs. Oklahoma State
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ECalifornia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1Oklahoma State 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 1 3 2
Win: Bay, OSU (7-1)Loss: Forest, Cal (5-3)Home Runs: None
Game 2 vs. San Diego State
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ESan Diego State 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 10California 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 5 8 1
Win: Bobrow, Cal (5-0)Loss: DeSanta, SDSU (2-6)Home Runs: None
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