Cal Falls to Mississippi State, 4-1 in Nine Innings
Feb. 10, 2008
Palm Springs, CA - The Mississippi State Bulldogs used a four-run ninth inning to hand the California softball team a 4-1 loss in the final day of the Cathedral City Classic on Sunday afternoon.
The Golden Bears (2-3) travel to San Jose to take on the Spartans on Feb. 13, before heading to the Kajikawa Tournament hosted by Arizona State, Feb. 15-17.
Marissa Drewrey gave a solid effort for the Bears, yielding just three hits through eight shutout innings. In the ninth inning however, with the international tie breaker rules in place (which began in the eighth inning), Mississippi State finally got to Drewrey. Chelsea Bramlett, who was placed on second base to begin the inning, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt, before scoring on a fielder's choice the next play to give MSU a 1-0 lead. A fielding miscue by the Bears led to a second run, before a triple by Hayle Guess cleared the base pads to give the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead.
Cal had its share of opportunities to leave with a victory, especially in the eighth inning. With two on and no outs, the Bears suffered two straight outs, before loading the bases. Bernice Masaniai's infield groundout ended the scoring threat and the inning.
Drewrey gave an awesome performance in the tournament, notching 40 strikeouts in 28.2 innings of work and a 0.73 ERA.