No. 6 Cal Squeezes Past UNLV, 1-0, Falls to Iowa, 4-3
March 22, 2003
The sixth-ranked California Bears squeezed by UNLV, 1-0, and fell to Iowa, 4-3, with a walk off two-out two-run home run to split its games Saturday afternoon at the Sacramento Capital Classic. The loss to Iowa snapped the Golden Bears' 15-game winning streak, falling to 4-1 (27-7 overall) at the Classic.
Sophomore transfer Vicky Galindo led off the top half of the first inning against the Hawkeyes with a double to right center, advancing to second with Lindsay James' sacrifice bunt. Senior Courtney Scott drilled a base hit through the left side, scoring Galindo. After the first of three intentional walks for the day to Veronica Nelson to put runners on first and second, Scott scored off an Iowa error from Kaleo Eldredge's grounder to second base.
Iowa bounced back in the second, as leadoff hitter Lindsey Bashor's doubled, advancing to third off a Cal throwing error, later scoring on an attempted suicide squeeze that resulted in a passed ball, evening the score at 2-1.
Eryn Manahan lengthened Cal's lead in the fourth with a solo home run to left center, her second of the weekend.
Iowa responded with a dinger of its own by Kristin Johnson in the fifth, a line drive down the left field line, narrowing Cal's lead to 3-2.
But it was Christina Schmaltz's two-out two-run walk off home run in the bottom of the seventh, scoring Kristin Johnson, who reached on a base hit, to win the game and snap Cal's 15-game winning streak.
Lisa Birocci received the win (11-5, 2 hits, 3 BBs, 1 K), tossing three frames of relief for starter Sarah Thomson (4 hits, 3 runs, 2 BBs, 1 K). Freshman Kristina Thorson suffered the loss, hurling 2.1 innings of relief, allowing four hits, two earned runs, one walk, three strikeouts. Starter Kelly Anderson pitched 4.1 innings (6 hits, 2 runs, 1 BB, 1 K) leaving the ballgame when Cal was leading 3-2.
Both Cal and Iowa left seven runners on base, with the Hawkeyes out-hitting the Bears, 10 to six.
Coming off a 10-strikeout performance against Utah State last night, Thorson set a team season high, whiffing 12 batters in seven frames versus UNLV in the first game of the day. Thorson allowed just three hits while walking none to improve her record to 9-2. Jackie Kerrigan fell to 11-8 with the loss, as Cal scattered three hits of the righty, striking out none and walking two.
The Bears' only run came in the fifth, led off by a double to right field by Jessica Pamanian, advancing to third off a sacrifice bunt by Manahan. Designated player Kristen Morley hit a shallow sacrifice fly that was dropped by the Rebels' center fielder, allowing Pamanian to trot home and give Cal the only run it would need to squeeze past UNLV.
The Rebels threatened in the sixth with runners on second and third off a base hit and a fielder's choice, but Thorson struck out Pauline Glenn for the third time of the game to retire the side.
California wraps up the 11-team Sacramento Capital Classic Sunday at 11 a.m. facing Illinois. To date, the Bears hold a 43-12 record in its nine appearances at the Classic, being crowned tournament champions in 1994 and 2000.
Softball Results at Sacramento Softball ComplexSacramento, CAGAME 1UNLV (14-20) 000 000 0 - 0 3 1California (27-6) 000 010 X - 1 3 0Kerrigan and Hillyer. Thorson and Scott.W - Thorson (9-2). L - Kerrigan (11-8).
GAME 2California (27-7) 200 100 0 - 3 6 2Iowa (19-6) 010 010 2 - 4 10 1Anderson, Thorson (5) and Scott. Thomson, Birocci (5) and Huse.W - Birocci (11-5). L - Thorson (9-3).HR- Manahan, Cal (2); Johnson, Iowa; Schmaltz, Iowa
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