Cal Topples Sacramento State; Ninemire Gets Career Win No. 899
Feb. 24, 2008
San Luis Obispo - The California softball team concluded the Cal Poly Mustang Classic in style with a 9-1 win (in five innings) over Sacramento State on Sunday afternoon. The win also gave 21st year head coach Diane Ninemire career victory No. 899.
Cal (10-7) faces the Dutch National Team on Tuesday, Feb. 26 (exhibition only) before heading to Las Vegas for the UNLV Classic, Feb. 29-Mar. 2. Ninemire can reach win No. 900 when Cal faces Long Beach State in the opening game of the UNLV Classic on Friday.
The Bears only had four hits on sixteen plate appearances, but did draw eight walks. Valerie Arioto's lone hit was a big one when her double in the third inning drove in three runs. Erika Racklin scored two runs, while Bernice Masaniai and Sanoe Kekahuna both checking in with two RBI. On a sour note, Kekahuna's 12 game hitting streak came to an end against the Hornets. However, Kekahuna has put up some unbelievable numbers through 17 games this season, including team-highs in batting average (.460), RBI (28), home runs (5) and hits (23).
Marissa Drewrey earned her sixth win in the circle after another masterful performance, allowing one run on four hits against the 19 batters she faced. For the season, Drewrey has a 1.43 ERA with 86 strikeouts.
Looking to atone for its earlier loss to Sacramento State in the tournament, Cal seized early command with a two-run first inning. With Arioto, Racklin and Gina Leomiti all on base, Masaniai hit a grounder to third base allowing Arioto to score. One batter later, Kekahuna tapped a sacrifice fly to right field allowing for Racklin to score.
Cal's offense then exploded for seven runs in the third inning, creating plenty of separation on the scoreboard. Julie Meyer got things in motion when she was credited with an RBI after she was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, allowing Leomiti to score. Arioto then delivered the inning's biggest hit when her double to center field cleared the bases, giving Cal a 7-1 lead.