Walk-Off Home Run Lifts California to a 1-0 Victory over Stanford
April 20, 2008
Berkeley - With Stanford's Missy Penna and California's Marissa Drewrey locked in a pitcher's duel all afternoon, sophomore Bernice Masaniai decided to shake things up in the bottom of the seventh inning with a walk-off home run to give the Golden Bears a 1-0 victory over their cross-town rival in front of a standing room only audience at Levine-Fricke Field on Sunday.
The 21st-ranked Bears improved to 36-18, 4-8 in Pac-10 play, while the seventh-ranked Cardinal fell to 40-8, 6-6 in conference play. Cal hosts UCLA and Washington Apr. 25-27 at home.
'It's such a great feeling to hit a walk-off home run,' said Masaniai. 'Marissa was doing such a great job for us today, and we just wanted to come through for her. (Missy) Penna is a great pitcher, and I'm glad I was able to get a big hit for our team. We will definitely carry this momentum into next weekend.'
Drewrey (24-11) helped keep the Cardinal off the board allowing just five hits over seven innings with 10 strikeouts. It was the eighth time this season that she has recorded 10 or more strikeouts in a game. For Masaniai, it was her fifth home run of the season and 15th of her career.
Penna (28-7) was equally as good for Stanford in the loss. In fact she did not allow a hit after the first inning until Masaniai's seventh inning slam.
Cal has four home games remaining before two straight weekends on the road to conclude conference play.