Drewrey, Cal Blank No. 11 Oklahoma, 2-0
March 15, 2008
Sacramento - California earned a second straight upset victory over a ranked opponent on Saturday, this time a 2-0 triumph over the No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners in the second day of the Capital Classic hosted by Sacramento State. The Golden Bears upended No. 19 Ohio State, also by a 2-0 count, in the earlier game of the day.
Cal (24-9) has three wins over ranked opponents this season (Hawaii, Ohio State, Oklahoma), and currently owns a six-game winning streak - it's longest of the season. In fact the Bears have won 16 of their last 18 games dating back to Feb. 23. The win also helped Cal atone for last year's 11-3 loss to the Sooners on Feb. 24.
'I felt like these two wins were a step we haven't reached in two years,' said Shannon Houston. 'Marissa pitched 14 straight innings for us without allowing a run. I think this is a defining moment for our team right now and we really showed what we are capable of and that we can compete against anyone in the country.'
'This was a great day to get two quality wins against two quality opponents,' said head coach Diane Ninemire. 'We got key hits and key runs at the right times and Marissa pitched lights out for us.'
Drewrey, who shut down No. 19 Ohio State earlier in the afternoon, was magnificent in the circle, yielding three hits over seven innings for her twelfth win of the year.
Oklahoma's D.J. Mathis, who had a 16-2 record and a 0.84 ERA heading into the contest was also solid, striking out 12 over six innings. But it was the third inning where she ran into trouble against the Bears.
Houston drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second base after Valerie Arioto drew a walk. Houston then stole third base and scored the first run of the game courtesy of a Gina Leomiti sacrifice bunt. Arioto, who moved to second on the sacrifice, then scored after Bernice Masaniai punched a single to center field.
Oklahoma only mustered two more hits the rest of the way, as Drewrey induced a foul out, a fly out and strikeout to end the game in the top of the seventh.
Cal, who improved to 11-4 all-time against the Sooners, takes on Nevada tomorrow in the final day of the tournament at 11 a.m.