Golden Bears Slip past NC State, 2-1 in Extra Innings

Feb. 20, 2009

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Palm Springs, Calif. - California continued its winning ways on Friday with a 2-1 win (in eight innings) over North Carolina State in its second game at the Cathedral City Classic. The Golden Bears blanked Ole Miss, 1-0, earlier in the morning.

Cal (10-1) faces Maryland at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. The 10-1 start to the 2009 campaign matches the 10-1 beginning the Bears had in 2005.

Sanoe Kekahuna collected two hits, including a triple, while Nikki Schrey scored the game winning run on an Elia Reid single.

'We just kept battling every inning,' said Kekahuna. 'There are going to be some games where we can score a lot of runs and there are going to be games like today where we are going to have to find other ways to win.'

Marissa Drewrey, who tossed a shutout against Ole Miss in the first game, entered the game in the second inning, allowing for Valerie Arioto to move to first base. Drewrey was on point again, matching her season-high with 11 strikeouts and surrendering just one walk. The junior from Oakdale has registered 62 strikeouts this season.

Jamia Reid added her 11th stolen base of the season as well.

Cal got things started off right in the bottom of the first inning when Jamia Reid drew a one-out walk, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Gina Leomiti then drove a single to center field to plate Reid - her 14th RBI of the season - giving the Bears a 1-0 lead.

The score remained 1-0 until the top of the fourth inning when North Carolina State scored on a solo home run to tie the game at 1-1. It was the first run given up by the Bears in 24 innings (dating back to the George Washington game on Feb. 14).

With the score deadlocked at 1-1, neither team could get a run across in the seventh forcing tournament tiebreaker rules to be enforced - where a runner is placed on second base to start the inning. NCST had the first crack at taking the lead, but Drewrey recorded back-toback strikeouts and induced a groundout to end the inning.

Cal then had Schrey on second (pinch running for Taylor Kelly) to start the bottom half of the eighth. After a wild pitch allowed Schrey to run to third, Elia Reid notched a single to right-center field to easily score Schrey for the game winner.

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