Cal Upsets Stanford, 3-1
April 10, 2009
Stanford, Calif. - The second-ranked Stanford softball team (35-3, 6-2 Pac-10) was upset by rival California today in the second game of a three-game series. The No. 16/17 Golden Bears (27-12, 4-4 Pac-10) hit two late home runs to claim the victory at Levine-Fricke Field in Berkeley.
Cal tallied seven hits, the second-highest total the Cardinal has given up all year. Stanford came up with just five hits, and left seven runners on base.
On the Cal side, sophomore Valerie Arioto and freshman Jamia Reid both had two hits in three tries. Junior Taylor Kelly and senior Gina Leomiti had the critical hits, however, both recording solo home runs in the late innings.
Senior pitcher Missy Penna (25-3) suffered her third loss of the year, allowing three earned runs while striking out 12. Arioto (11-3) fanned five and picked up her 11th win of the season.
The Bears were first to strike, putting up a run in the bottom of the third inning. Arioto and Reid notched consecutive singles to start things off and came into scoring position on an ensuing ground out. Penna got a big strikeout for the second out, then got ahead of Elia Reid. Reid struck out on a ball in the dirt, but raced to first when the ball went to the backstop. On the play, Arioto came across and gave Stanford a 1-0 lead.
Stanford answered in the top of the fifth, tying the game on a sacrifice fly by Alissa Haber. Melisa Koutz singled and her pinch runner, Autumn Albers, took third on Burns' double to right center. Brittany Minder was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs and Haber came through with a pop-up to deep left field that allowed Albers to tag up and tie the game.
The Bears hit solo home runs in each of the last two innings, however, taking a lead they would never relinquish. Leomiti hit the first one with two outs in the fifth inning, and Kelly followed with a one-out drive over the fence in left center.
Stanford and Cal will play the series rubber game in Berkeley tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Levine-Fricke Field.