California Blanks Kansas in Season-Opener
Feb. 9, 2007
SAN DIEGO - Led by freshman Britany LaRosa in the circle and sophomore Gina Leomiti at the plate, the No. 10-ranked California Golden Bear softball team opened its 2007 campaign with a commanding 8-0 win over Kansas at the Campbell-Cartier Classic hosted by San Diego State on Friday afternoon. The game was called after the fifth inning because of the tournament mercy rule. The Bears square off against the Aztecs later tonight at 7 p.m.
LaRosa (Diamond Bar) nearly had a no-hitter in her first collegiate game, allowing just two hits and a strikeout in five innings of work. In fact KU (1-1) did not get their first hit until the fourth inning. Leomiti finished the afternoon 1-for-1 with three RBI. Freshman Vernae Sevilla (Rancho Cucamonga) produced two hits, and sophomore Morgan Siegel (Antioch) scored two runs. The Bears pounded out 10 hits as a team.
Cal (1-0) jumped on the board quickly in the first inning when freshman Bernice Masaniai's (Stanton) RBI single to left field scored Siegel who led off the inning with a single up the middle.
The Bears padded their lead with a three-run second inning courtesy of the Leomiti two-out double that scored Siegel, freshman Taylor Kelly (Santee) and Sevilla.
Junior Katie Vickers' (San Diego) single in the third inning allowed freshman Christina Schallig, who was issued a walk, (Carson) to score, before Vickers herself scored on an error by KU second baseman Sara Ramirez.
Cal manufactured two more runs in the fifth inning when junior Julie Meyer (Yardville, NJ) connected for a double to left center filed to plate pinch runner, Shannon Houston (New Egypt, NJ). Houston replaced Sevilla, after Sevilla had hit a single down the left field line. Once on base Houston was able to steal second. Kelly then followed a singled up the middle, allowing Meyer to score.
The Bears have not lost a season-opener since 1996 and improved to 9-1 all-time vs. the Jayhawks.