Golden Bears Shut Down No. 15 Hawaii, 9-2
March 1, 2008
Las Vegas - California picked up a key win over 15th-ranked Hawaii, 9-2, at the Eller Media Stadium Classic hosted by UNLV on Saturday night. This was the fifth straight win for the Golden Bears, who improve to 13-7 on the season.
Cal plays the Running Rebels later tonight at 8:15 p.m. During their five-game winning streak, the Bears have produced 44 runs (8.8 per game), while their opposition has been held to just 12 runs in that span.
Cal received a huge lift from the top and bottom of the order against Hawaii. Valerie Arioto set the table with three hits and four plate appearances with two runs and an RBI. Taylor Kelly and Shannon Houston (the 8-9 hitters) combined for four hits, four runs and three RBI.
Marissa Drewrey collected win No. 9 in the circle (and the 20th of her career) allowing one earned run on three hits with five strikeouts. He has had 37 strikeouts in her last 32 innings pitched.
The Bears seized early momentum after manufacturing its first run in the top of the first inning. Arioto led off the game with a double to left field and quickly advanced to third base after Erika Racklin laid down a sacrifice bunt. One batter later, Gina Leomiti singled down the left field line allowing Arioto to score and giving Cal a 1-0 lead.
Cal padded its lead with a five-run second inning to take a commanding 6-0 lead. Julie Meyer reached base after being hit by a pitch, before advancing to second base on a wild pitch. Taylor Kelly punched a double to left field, one batter later, allowing Meyer to score. Two batters later, after Shannon Houston was issued a walk, Arioto nailed a double to left-center field scoring Kelly.
Gina Leomiti helped Cal add a run in the top of the fifth with a single to center field that plated Arioto, who was issued a walk, giving the Bears a 7-1 lead.
Houston, who has been on fire during tournament play, belted a triple to right-center field in the top of the sixth inning, scoring Kelly and Katie Vickers, boosting the lead to 9-2. Hawaii tried to rally with one runner on and no outs in the bottom of the seventh, but Drewrey induced three straight outs to neutralize the threat and seal the victory.