Cal Defeats Pittsburgh, 3-2

Feb. 29, 2008

Las Vegas - Aided by an outfielder miscue by Pittsburgh in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs, the California Golden Bears won their fourth consecutive game in dramatic fashion, 3-2, over the Panthers in the opening day of the Eller Media Stadium Classic, hosted by UNLV, on Friday night. Cal defeated Long Beach State, 15-7 in the earlier game of the day.

Cal (12-7) resumes tournament play tomorrow versus Hawaii (3:45 p.m.) and UNLV at 8:15 p.m. Both games can be followed via GameTracker on the UNLV website www.unlvrebels.com on the softball page.

Every Cal starter in the lineup produced a hit off of Pittsburgh starter Cory Berliner. Marissa Drewrey earned the victory, allowing one run on two hits with four strikeouts in three innings of work. Valerie Arioto started the game for the Bears and had six strikeouts in four innings without allowing an earned run.

The Bears opened the contest with a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Bernice Masaniai singled through the middle to plate Gina Leomiti, who reached base on a walk. Cal generated another run in the bottom of the second when Julie Meyer scored from third base on a throwing error by the Pittsburgh catcher.

The Panthers manufactured their first run of the evening in the top of the fifth, before tying the game at 2-2 in the top of the seventh with another run.

Sanoe Kekahuna kept the bottom half of the Cal seventh alive when she knocked a two-out single down the right field line. One batter later, Meyer reached safely on a dropped fly ball by the left fielder allowing Kekahuna to score and seal the victory for Cal.

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