No. 6 California Defeats Minnesota, Portland State at Worth Invite
March 3, 2002
FULLERTON, Calif. - No. 6 California (19-6) edged Minnesota (10-3), 2-1, in extra innings in the morning game in the last day of the Worth Invitational. The Golden Bears handed Portland State (3-8) a 9-1 loss in the afternoon game to go 4-2 in the three-day tournament.
Against the Golden Gophers, senior ace Jocelyn Forest and Minnesota sophomore pitcher Piper Marten were amidst a pitching dual for much of the contest, allowing a combined two hits, while striking out 15 batters in the first five innings.
Cal did get things going in the top of the sixth inning as freshman Kaleo Eldredge led off with a single to right field. She then stole second, her sixth swipe of the season, and then moved to third on junior Kristen Morley's sacrifice bunt. Senior Candace Harper's single to right brought home Eldredge.
The Gophers evened things up in the bottom of the seventh as Tammi Hays led off the inning with a bunt single. Jordanne Nygren reached base as first baseman Veronica Nelson mishandled a bunt. Hays scored when the following batter singled to right center.
Cal went into extra innings for the fifth time this season and came away with its fourth extra-inning victory. Eldredge, who was placed on second base in accordance with the international tie-breaker rule, advanced to third on Morley's second sacrifice bunt of the contest. Harper then roped a single down the left field line, scoring Eldredge, but was tagged out trying to stretch the hit into a double.
The Bears held on in the bottom of the eighth for the 2-1 victory. Forest had another impressive outing, striking out 13, walking one batter and giving up just three hits. The 2001 All-American has tallied 108 strike outs in 73.1 innings and boasts a 0.95 ERA.
The second game was cut short as the mercy rule went into affect after Cal increased its lead to eight runs during a four-run sixth inning capped off by Courtney Scott's base hit that brought in Harper for the 9-1 lead.
The Bears started off the scoring in the bottom of the first inning as they scored three quick runs to jump to a three-nothing lead. Nelson nailed a double that brought in two of her game-high, five RBI's. Cal added two more runs in the second inning, capitalizing on a PSU error that prolonged the Bears' attack.
The Vikings lone run came in the top of the second inning as Rose Rutledge led off with a single to left center. Harper's error on Summer Conroy's grounder allowed Rutledge to advance to third. She then scored when Nelson committed an error on Kayla Lewis' hit.
Pamanian, who went 1-for-2 and scored two runs, was hit by a pitch to lead off the sixth inning. An error by the third baseman allowed Eldredge to reach third and advance Pamanian to third. Mikella Pedretti followed up with a single to left, bringing in Pamanian. Eldredge scored on Harper's base hit to left and Pedretti scored when Nelson nailed her second double of the afternoon. She led the squad with a season-best 4-for-4 performance, while Scott went 3-for-4 with one RBI.
Freshman pitcher Kelly Anderson improved to 2-1 on the year. Jen Deering entered the game in the fifth inning and pitched two innings, striking out three batters.
Struggling on offense of late, the Bears exploded for nine runs the second highest total this season, to dispatch PSU. Cal heads out to the National Invitational Softball Tournament in Pleasanton next weekend as they play three games on Friday to open the tourney schedule.
Softball Results at Titan Softball Complex
Game 1 vs. Minnesota
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H ECalifornia 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 5 1Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 1
Win: Forest, Cal (7-4)Loss: Marten, Minn (8-2)Home Runs: None
Game 2 vs. Portland State
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H EPortland State 0 1 0 0 0 0 X 1 5 3California 3 2 0 0 0 4 X 9 4 3Win: Anderson, Cal (7-2)Loss: Herscher, PSU (0-3)Home Runs: None