Cal Turns Back Maryland, 7-0
Feb. 21, 2009
Palm Springs, Calif. - No. 9 California improved to 11-1 this season after a 7-0 win over Maryland on Saturday in the second day of the Cathedral City Classic.
The Bears were aggressive all afternoon, registering seven steals and taking advantage of UMD pitching miscues and three errors. It was the third time this season that Cal had seven or more steals in a game, giving them a Pac-10-best 48.
'Fortunately for us we were able to be aggressive today and put the pressure on their defense,' said Valerie Arioto. 'That's one of the things we set out to do as a team this season - be aggressive with our speed and generate scores with runners in scoring position.'
This was also the fifth shutout of the season for the Bears. In fact, Cal has only allowed just one run in the last 36 innings since the sixth inning George Washington game on Feb. 13. The Bears have outscored their opponents, 86-17.
Cal took advantage of three Maryland throwing miscues to score its first run in the top of the second inning. Gina Leomiti led off the inning with a single through the left side, before moving to second on a wild pitch by Kendra Knight. Leomiti then moved to third on a passed ball, and then scored later in the inning on a throwing error by the catcher when Sanoe Kekahuna (hit by pitch) stole second base.
The Bears boosted their lead in the third inning with two more runs to take a 3-0 lead. Shannon Thomas got things going when she singled up the middle (and advanced to second) to plate Arioto (who drew a walk and stole second). After Jamia Reid drew a walk, Thomas stole third and scored on another throwing error by the Maryland catcher.
Cal scored more insurance runs in the fifth and seventh innings for starting pitcher Marissa Drewrey who earned win No. 8 this season after scattering just four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts. Drewrey has walked just two batters in her last 20.2 innings pitched.
Cal concludes the Cathedral City Classic on Sunday vs. Kansas at 9:00 a.m.