Cal Powers Past Pacific, 11-6
March 25, 2009
Stockton, CA - The California softball team snapped its three-game losing skid in a big way with an 11-6 win over Pacific on Wednesday. The Golden Bears hit four home runs, including two by Valerie Arioto and set a program record 104 steals after registering four on the day. Additionally, freshman Jamia Reid set a school single-season record with her 29th stolen base of the season, eclipsing the previous high of 28.
Cal (23-8) opens up a tough conference slate this weekend at home against Washington on Friday, and UCLA on Saturday and Sunday.
Arioto also got the win in the circle to improve to 9-1 on the season. She allowed five runs (two earned) with seven Ks. Marissa Drewrey entered in the fifth inning with Cal up 9-5 and allowed three hits, one run with seven Ks as well in three innings of work.
In a game that featured runs in bulk, the Tigers (15-15) jumped on the board first and took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
Cal responded right back in the top of the second inning with four runs to take a 4-2 lead. Cal got a hit from an unlikely hero Lauren Bauer (five previous plate appearances prior to the Pacific game) when she punched a two-run single to center field to plate both Nikki Schrey and Bernice Masaniai to tie the score at 2-2. Arioto followed and delivered a two-run shot over the right field wall to give Cal the lead.
Pacific quickly dissolved the lead with three more runs in the bottom of the second to take a 5-4 lead.
After a scoreless third, Cal lit up the scoreboard with three more runs in the top of the fourth. Arioto was clutch again and smashed a three-run bomb over the left field wall, scoring Gina Leomiti and Vernae Sevilla in the process.
The Bears added two runs in the top of the fifth and sixth innings as well.
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