No. 14 Cal Downs Illinois, 9-1; Game vs. Boise State is Cancelled
Feb. 7, 2009
Palm Springs, Calif. - Early morning rains might have put a damper on the Cal-Boise State game, but it didn't keep the No. 14-ranked Golden Bears from playing and winning their second game by a 9-1 count over Illinois (in six innings) at the Cathedral City Kickoff on Saturday afternoon. Cal has outscored its opponents 34-4 thus far in two days in Palm Springs.
Cal (3-0) is scheduled to play Fordham on Sunday in the final day of the tournament at 9:00 a.m. Whether or not the Boise State game will be made up is still to be determined at this point. The last time Cal started the season 3-0 was in 2006.
The Bears were led by freshman Jamia Reid, who has been on a tear this tournament after connecting for her third home run. Not to be outdone by the freshman, junior Vernae Sevilla hit her second home run in as many days courtesy of a grand slam (the first of her career) in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Cal wasted little time in putting runs on the board with two in the first inning. Valerie Arioto got the ball rolling with a leadoff triple to center field and did not squander any time on the base pads after Jamia Reid planted a two-run home run over the left field wall.
The Bears added another run in the third stanza when Gina Leomiti, who recorded an infield single, scored on a wild pitch. Despite scoring the run, the Bears left two stranded on base.
Cal put the Illini in a bigger hole in the bottom of the fourth inning courtesy of Sevilla's two-out grand slam, giving the Bears a 7-0 lead. Elia Reid (single and stolen base), Shannon Thomas (hit by pitch) and Gina Leomiti (intentionally walked) all scored off the grand slam.
After Illinois scored a run in the top of the sixth, Cal came right back in the bottom half of the inning when Jamia Reid smacked an RBI to plate Arioto, giving the Bears an 8-1 advantage.
Marissa Drewrey was sharp in her outing in the circle, yielding just one run to earn her second win of the season.