Cal Homers Past Stanford, 3-1
April 10, 2009
BERKELEY - Gina Leomiti and Taylor Kelly provided solo home runs and Valerie Arioto celebrated her 20th birthday with two hits, a run and a complete game as the No. 16-ranked California Golden Bears defeated No. 2-ranked Stanford, 3-1 at Levine-Fricke Field on Friday evening.
Cal (27-12, 4-4 Pac-10) handed the Cardinal just their third loss of the season (35-3, 6-2 Pac-10). Stanford won Thursday night's game over the Bears, 4-1. Both teams battle tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. in Strawberry Canyon.
Arioto won her 11th game of the season, allowing one run on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
'It feels great to bounce back from last night and get this win at home,' said Arioto. 'Stanford is a quality team and they're ranked No. 2 for a reason. But we felt like if we could get the lead today good things would happen. We just want to be aggressive tomorrow and hopefully come away with a victory.'
Cal unlocked a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third inning when Arioto led off with a single to right field, which was followed by a Jamia Reid single to left field off of Stanford starter Missy Penna. Both Arioto and Reid advanced a base after Leomiti smacked a groundout to the Cardinal second baseman. After Penna recorded a strikeout, she got Elia Reid to strikeout swinging. However the pitch was too low and scooted past the catcher Rosey Neill to the backstop allowing Arioto to score, giving the Bears a 1-0 lead.
After a quick fourth inning, Stanford got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth when Alissa Haber popped a sacrifice fly to left field to score Autumn Albers to tie the game at 1-1.
Cal responded in the bottom of the frame when Leomiti planted a solo shot over the left field bleachers to give the Bears a 2-1 edge.
Stanford threatened in the top of the sixth with runners on second and third with one out and the bases loaded with two outs. But Arioto remained steady and induced a groundout to end the inning.
The Bears tacked on their final run in the game in the bottom of the sixth when Taylor Kelly launched a solo home run over the left-center field wall to boost the lead to 3-1.
Arioto left no doubt in the top of the seventh retiring all three batters she faced.