Golden Bears Clip Hofstra, 4-2
March 22, 2002
HONOLULUL, Hawaii - No. 8 California (31-9) dropped Hofstra (7-15), 4-2, at the Hawaii Chevron Invitational Friday afternoon at Rainbow Wahine Softball Complex to remain perfect (3-0) in the weekend tournament.
The Bears exploded for three runs in the top of the fourth as senior Candace Harper led off the inning with a double to centerfield. Junior Veronica Nelson was given a free pass as the Pride intentional walked her. Cal made Hofstra pay as junior Courtney Scott cranked a double that banked off the fence at left center, scoring Harper. Freshman Chelsea Spencer singled to center to bring in pinch runner Roni Rodrigues from third. Scott advanced to third on Jesscia Pamanian's grounder to second and scored on Jessica Vernaglia's sacrifice fly.
The Bears added an additional run in the fifth inning as freshman Kaleo Eldredge, playing in front of family and friends, delivered a solo shot over the left field fence.
The Pride threatened in their half of the fifth inning as Stefanie Kenney smashed a two-run blast to reduce the margin to two runs.
Junior Jen Deering pitched 4.2 innings with four strikeouts on three hits. Freshman Kelly Anderson came in relief, striking out a career-high six of seven batters she faced in just 2.1 innings. Anderson allowed no hits and only one Hofstra batter escaped with a walk. Deering improved to 9-1 on the season, while Anderson picked up her first save of the year.
The Bears wrap up the last day of round robin play tomorrow as they face Nittaidai No. 1 at 9 a.m. and Northwestern at 11 a.m. at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. Bracket competition starts Saturday evening and continues through Sunday.
Softball Results at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
vs. Hofstra (7-15)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ECalifornia 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 4 5 0Hofstra 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 3 0
Win: Deering, Cal (9-1), Anderson (5), C: ScottLoss: Kenney, (4-5), A. Clark (5), C: AlmonHome Runs: Cal, Eldredge (1), Hofstra, Kenney (2)