California Tops San Diego State, 4-1 in the Opening Game of the Fresno Regional
May 16, 2008
Fresno, Calif. - The California Golden Bears overcame some blistering heat and a potent San Diego State Aztec offense to capture a 4-1 opening postseason triumph over the Mountain West Conference champions in the Fresno Regional on Friday evening at Bulldog Stadium. Cal (41-24) will take on the winner of Fresno State-Sacramento State game on Saturday at noon.
Cal has now won 10 out of its last 11 opening postseason games since the 1998 Regional also played in Fresno.
With the game time temperature hovering around 102 degrees, MWC Pitcher of the Year Christina Ross retired 10 straight batters, after issuing a leadoff walk, before faltering in the sixth inning. She allowed three runs on five hits for her 13th loss of the season.
Cal sophomore ace Marissa Drewrey, who earned All-Pacific Region and all-conference honors on Wednesday, settled down after the first inning to earn her 27th win in the circle. She scattered seven hits (and just four after the second inning) with five strikeouts.
The Aztecs, who defeated Cal, 7-0 on Feb. 8 of this season, produced its first run in the bottom of the first inning when Megan McDonald hit a shallow single to left field to plate Brittany Knudsen, who led off the inning with a double.
The Bears finally got on the board in the top of the fourth inning courtesy of a two-out rally. Katie Vickers broke up Ross' 26 1/3 scoreless innings streak with a bruising double to the left field wall to plate Gina Leomiti, who singled with one out. The run was also the 300th of the year for the Bears, the fourth time in school history that they have scored 300 or more runs in a season.
Julie Meyer then supplied the heroics in the top of the sixth inning with a two-out, two-strike bases loaded bloop single over the outstretched arms of the SDSU first baseman to score both Vernae Sevilla and Sanoe Kekahuna, boosting the Bears to a 3-1 lead.
Leomiti's third hit of the evening was a big one as her solo home run in the top of the seventh inning cleared the right-center field wall with ease, putting Cal up, 4-1.
SDSU still had some fuel left in the tank in the bottom of the seventh inning with runners on first and third with no outs. But Drewrey induced three straight ground outs to end the game.