No. 6 California Splits in Second Day of Worth Invite

March 2, 2002

FULLERTON, Calif. - The sixth-ranked Golden Bears (17-6) shutout Ohio State (10-3), 4-0, in the first game of the Fullerton Worth Invitational Saturday afternoon at the Titan Softball Complex. No. 17 Cal State Fullerton (12-9) defeated California in extra innings, 2-1, in the second game to give the Bears a split for the second straight day. Junior first baseman Veronica Nelson broke the NCAA career walk record of 211, set by Tarrah Beyster of Oregon State (1997-2000), in her first at-bat against the Titans.

In the first game, Cal started off the scoring with Nelson's record-tying lead off walk in the bottom of the second inning. Roni Rodrigues, who scored the winning run last night versus San Diego State, pinch ran for Nelson. She advanced to second on Courtney Scott's sacrifice bunt, then scored on Chelsea Spencer's double to the gap in left center.

Cal broke open the game in the bottom of the fifth inning as it used four consecutive singles to add two more runs to its lead. Freshman Kelly Anderson started the barrage, followed by Spencer. Freshman Jessica Vernaglia followed suit with a bunt single to load the bases. Jessica Pamanian, who smacked a grand slam last week against Illinois, slipped a base hit up the middle this time, for two RBI's. Junior Kristen Morley grounded out to second, but brought in Vernaglia for the 4-0 lead.

Senior pitcher Jocelyn Forest improved to 6-3 on the year, striking out seven and walking none. The Bears handed Ohio State pitcher Cristi DeVries her first loss of the season, dropping her to 4-1.

In the second game, Cal State Fullerton pitcher Jodie Cox ran into trouble in the top of the fourth inning as Nelson walked for the second time in the contest. Anderson reached first on a fielder's choice and advanced to third on Spencer's base hit. Kristen Bayless walked, loading the bases for Pamanian. The freshman second baseman was hit by a pitch, scoring Anderson to jump out to a 1-0 lead.

The Titans evened up the score in their half of the fourth inning as Heather Saltarelli scored on Amanda Hockett's fielder's choice. Fullerton chased starting pitcher Cassie Bobrow, who had her consecutive scoreless innings snapped at 35. Forest came in to relieve Bobrow, pitching four innings, striking out eight batters and allowing just one hit.

Unfortunately, the Bears struggled to score, forcing the game into extra innings. CSF capitalized in their half of the eighth inning as Jenny Toppings hit a deep fly ball that allowed Gina Oaks to tag up for the game-winning run.

Cal lost its first extra-inning game this season after pulling out the first three contests in 2002. The Bears fall to 1-4 against ranked teams this year.

The Worth Invite wraps up Sunday as Cal faces Minnesota at 9 a.m. and Portland State at 1 p.m., both at the Titan Softball Complex.

Softball Results at Titan Softball Complex
Fullerton, CA

Game 1 vs. Ohio State

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H EOhio State 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1California 0 1 0 0 3 0 X 4 6 0

Win: Forest, Cal (6-3)Loss: DeVries, OSU (4-1)Home Runs: None

Game 2 vs. Cal State Fullerton

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H ECalifornia 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 1CS Fullerton 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 3 1

Win: Oak, CSF (7-2)Loss: Forest, Cal (6-4)Home Runs: None

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