Cal Crowned Pirate Invitational Champs After Going 5-1 Over the Weekend

March 26, 2006

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Cal finished tournament play at the Pirate Invitational, Sunday, with a win over Penn State, 5-0, and a loss against host East Carolina, 8-3. The Golden Bears (29-3) were crowned tournament champions, and junior Alex Sutton was named tournament MVP.

Against Penn State, Senior Lindsay James was a perfect 4-for-4. Sophomore Katie Vickers was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Senior Kristina Thorson (19-2) struck out 12 of 25 Penn State batters, throwing all seven innings of the win.

Three Bears finished 2-for-3 against East Carolina, but it wasn't enough for the win. Senior Haley Woods hit her 12th home run of the season in the Bears' loss.

ECU scored all eight of its runs on three home runs - a two-run shot in the third, a three-run home run in the fifth, and a three-run homer in the seventh.

Cal took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but the Pirates went ahead 2-1 in the second. Cal tied it 2-2 after two innings. ECU took a 5-3 lead after five innings of play and scored three more in the seventh for the 8-3 win.

A complete recap of both games will follow.

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