Golden Bears Halt North Dakota State, 4-1
March 6, 2008
Berkeley - California pitchers Brittany LaRosa and Valerie Arioto combined to give up four hits and one run, enabling the Golden Bears to earn a 4-1 win over the visiting North Dakota State Bison on Thursday afternoon from Levine-Fricke Field.
Cal (15-8) has won seven of its last eight games and will compete at the 22nd Annual National Invitational Softball Tournament (NIST), Friday, Mar. 7 through Sunday, March 9 at the Alden E. Oliver Sports Park in Hayward, Calif. The Bears open tournament play against Boston College at Noon tomorrow. The loss snapped North Dakota State's six-game winning streak as well.
Arioto was also productive from the plate, notching a pair of base knocks on four plate appearances with a run and an RBI. The freshman product from Pleasanton also earned the win in the circle - her fourth of the season. Senior Katie Vickers went 1-for-3 with an RBI and Bernice Masaniai went 1-for-3 with a run scored. LaRosa pitched four innings and had two strikeouts.
The Bears unlocked a scoreless tie with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth stanza to take a 2-0 lead. Masaniai, who led off with a double, scored the game's first run after an infield groundout by Vickers. Sanoe Kekahuna, who reached on an error, gave the Bears the two-run lead after scoring via a Julie Meyer bunt single.
Cal tacked on a run in the fifth when Arioto, who led off the frame with a single, scored courtesy of a Gina Leomiti single to right field, bumping the Cal lead to 3-0.
After NDSU scored a run in the top of the sixth to trim the lead to 3-1, Cal responded with another run in the bottom half of the inning when Arioto knocked a single to the outfield which allowed the speedster, Shannon Houston to score from first base.
The Bison had one last threat in the top of the seventh with two runners on and two outs, but Kelly Cantrell popped up the pitch from Arioto allowing Meyer to record the out in foul territory.
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