Masaniai Lifts Cal to 20th Win of the Season
March 16, 2007
Honolulu - No. 25 California only managed two hits in last night's late game vs. Liberty. But Bernice Masaniai's was the one that mattered the most as her solo homer in the second inning proved to the game winner in the Golden Bears' 1-0 win over the Lady Flames in the second day of action at the Bank of Hawaii Invitational, hosted by Hawaii, at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
Cal (20-11) takes on Nevada tonight at 7:00 p.m. Last night's game was delayed to a 9:00 p.m. start (PST) because of the heavy rains on the Big Island.
The Bears took the game's first and only lead in the top of the second inning when Masaniai connected on her fifth home run of the year off of Liberty starting pitcher, Sarah Ellis.That lead would stand the rest of the contest as Liberty mustered a few challenges later in the contest, but could never get a runner to cross the plate.
The Lady Flames ended up leaving eight runners on base during the game, including two in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings.
The closest Liberty came to scoring was in the sixth as the Lady Flames had runners at the corners with two outs, but Cal starting pitcher, Lauren Frankiewicz, got Sarah Swor to fly out to right to end the threat.
Liberty challenged again in the bottom of the seventh as Courtney Johnson was struck by a pitch, followed by Beth Hensley drawing a walk. However, Frankiewicz clamped down again, getting Dawn Jeffs looking and J'nae Jefferson to ground into a fielder's choice to end the game.
The contest marked just the third time this year that Liberty has been shutout.
Frankiewicz earned the victory, scattering four hits over seven innings of work, striking out nine and walking three to up her record to 9-4 on the year.