No. 11-Seeded Bears To Take on Ohio State in Columbus Regional Championships

May 23, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The stage is set for the championship game of the Columbus Regional with the No. 11-seeded California softball team facing off against Ohio State at 11:30 a.m. PST on Sunday morning. Should the Golden Bears defeat the Buckeyes in the first game, Cal will have sealed its regional championship to advance to Super Regionals. If OSU wins the first game, the two teams will meet at 2 p.m. PST to determine the Columbus Regional champion.

All of Sunday's play will be streamed for free at http://www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com. You can also get inside information and up-to-the-minute updates though the Cal softball Twitter page by pointing your browser to http://www.twitter.com/calsoftball.

The game will be tape-delayed on the Big Ten Network at 6:30 p.m. PST. Should there be a second Sunday game, that game will also be televised at 8:30 p.m. PST. Please consult your local cable provider to see if you receive the Big Ten Network in your area.

Cal defeated Kentucky, 1-0, on Saturday afternoon to advance to the Columbus Regional championship game. To read the recap of that game, please click here.

The Bears beat Bucknell, 10-0, in five innings on Friday afternoon to advance to game three of the Columbus Regional. To read more about the first 2010 postseason win, which was a perfect game for freshman Jolene Henderson, please click here.

The Bears lead 5-4, in all past games with the Buckeyes with the last game resulting in a 2-0 Cal victory on March 15, 2008.

Sophomore Marissa Drewrey pitched a seven-hit shutout to help lead the Bears to a 2-0 upset victory over No. 19 Ohio State in the second day of the Capital Classic hosted by Sacramento State on May 15, 2008. Drewrey, who improved to 11-4 in the circle, also recorded 10 strikeouts, while just walking two batters. She pitched her way out of two early jams in the first and second inning as Ohio State left a total of five runners on base, including three in the second. In fact Drewrey allowed just three more hits after the second inning.

The Bears claimed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning after Bernice Masaniai crossed home plate after Katie Vickers reached base on a fielding miscue by the Buckeyes. Cal tacked on another run in the bottom of the third inning when Sanoe Kekahuna's RBI single to left field plated Erika Racklin, who reached base on an error by the Ohio State shortstop. The win helped Cal atone for last year's 10-7 loss to the Buckeyes on Feb. 24, 2007.

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