No. 6 Golden Bears Defeat Northern Iowa, Lose to Iowa and LBSU

March 9, 2002

PLEASANTON, Calif. - The sixth-ranked Golden Bears split the early portion of bracket play as it dropped the morning game to No. 17 Iowa (9-5). Long Beach State (19-11) defeated Cal in the night game, 1-0, to eliminate the Bears from the National Invitational Softball Tournament at the Pleasanton Sports Park. Saturday morning's loss to the Hawkeyes placed Cal in the bottom half of the championship bracket, with a game against Northern Iowa (4-9) at noon. The Bears prevailed 6-1 as junior Jen Deering (7-1) pitched a complete game, striking out a season-high 10 batters en route to her seventh win of the season.

In the first game the Bears spotted the Iowa a 3-0 lead as freshman Cassie Bobrow was chased from the game after giving up a single to Kristen Johnson and a double to Liz Dennis. It was only Bobrow's second earned run of the season as head coach Diane Ninemire brought in senior Jocelyn Forest, who struck out a season-high 16 batters Friday night in a 7-1 win over Virginia, to go the distance.

Cal managed just one run in the contest as freshman Jessica Vernaglia, who went 2-for-2 in the game, singled to center to bring in Chelsea Spencer from third base. In the sixth inning, the Bears scored what looked like their second run of the game as Vernaglia tagged up from third, but was called out for leaving the base early.

Forest struck out eight batters, giving up two earned runs in seven innings of work. Senior Candace Harper freshman Chelsea Spencer both went 2-for-4 in the game.

The double elimination tournament saw Cal defeat Northern Iowa, 6-1, in the lower half of the championship bracket. The Bears scored at least one run in every inning with the exception of the fourth.

Junior Mikella Pedretti went 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, and Kristen Morley also went a perfect 2-for-2. Deering's complete game was her seventh of the season and 20th overall for Cal pitchers.

In the nightcap, the 49ers scored the lone run of the game as Jamie Farnworth was caught in a squeeze trying to steal second. Veronica Nelson dropped the ball on an exchange allowing Natalie Walker to score from third.

It was otherwise another solid outing for Forest, who made her third appearance of the tournament. She struck out 10 LBSU batters, walking none, while scattering three hits. In three games, Forest combined for 34 strikeouts, just three walks and three earned runs in 21 innings.

The Bears concluded the NIST with a 4-2 record and travel next week to the Sacramento Capital Classic, Thursday, Mar. 14.

Softball Results at Pleasanton Sports Park
Pleasanton, CA

Game 1 vs. No. 17 Iowa (9-5)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H EIowa 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 8 0California 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 8 0

Win: Thompson, Iowa (4-0), C: BashorLoss: Bobrow, Cal (5-1), C: ScottHome Runs: None

Game 2 vs. Northern Iowa (4-6)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ENorthern Iowa 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0California 1 1 2 0 1 1 X 6 12 0

Win: Deering, Cal (7-1), C: ScottLoss: Phillips, N. Iowa (N/A), C: KingHome Runs: None

Game 3 vs. Long Beach State (19-11)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ELBSU 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0California 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1

Win: Cervenka, LBSU (12-3), C: ThorpeLoss: Forest, Cal (8-5), C: ScottHome Runs: None

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