Drewrey Throws No-Hitter; Cal Extends its Winning Streak to 10 Straight Games
March 20, 2008
Honolulu - Another game and another win for the No. 25-ranked Golden Bears. California extended its winning streak to 10 straight games after a 7-0 win over St. Mary's in the second day of the Bank of Hawaii Invitational on Thursday evening. Marissa Drewrey, who was selected as the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday, earned her 16th win in the circle after tossing her first career no-hitter. She also struck out nine batters and induced six fly outs and six ground outs. It was the 69th no-hitter thrown in program history.
Cal is 28-9 this season has now won 20 of its last 22 games dating back to Feb. 23. Cal will certainly have its hands full tomorrow when they take on No. 13 Northwestern at 3:00 pm. (PST). Cal is undefeated against ranked teams this season. Cal also improved to 26-1 when leading after four innings.
Bernice Masaniai and Gina Leomiti took care of the yard word with home runs in the first and fifth innings respectively. Erika Racklin took over sole possession of second place all-time in career stolen bases (62) after she stole second in the third inning.
The Bears clawed their way to an early lead after posting three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Valerie Arioto led off the inning with a double to right-center field and quickly advanced to third base after Racklin laid down a sacrifice bunt. Arioto then scored on a wild pitch, giving the Bears a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, after Leomiti drew a walk, Masaniai drilled a home run - her fourth of the season - over the left field wall to boost the lead to 3-0.
Cal increased its lead to 6-0 after adding three more runs in the bottom of the third stanza. Racklin, who led off the inning with an infield single, stole second and scored on a Leomiti single to right field. Later in the inning with two outs and two runners on, Vernae Sevilla punched a single to center field to plate both Katie Vickers and Masaniai.
Leomiti's solo home run (her third of the year) in the fifth inning put Cal up by a score of 7-0.