No. 4 Softball Takes Two More At Fullerton Worth Invitational
March 3, 2001
FULLERTON, CA - The No. 4 California Golden Bears entered the second day of the Fullerton Worth Invitational with an undefeated 15-0 mark and came away on the day unscathed, defeating New Mexico (10-11) in the early game, 3-1, and beating No. 10 Cal State Fullerton (17-6) later in the day, 2-0, and improving its overall record to 17-0.
In game one, the Cal hitting finally caught up with the pitching, as the Bears totaled 7 hits, including two for extra bases. Senior Nicole DiSalvio went the distance for Cal, allowing one run on two New Mexico hits, while striking out four and walking only two.
With the bases full of Bears and one out in the second, sophomore Courtney Scott lined a double down the left field line to score junior Candace Harper (singled up the middle) from third and sophomore Eryn Manahan (singled to left) from second to give Cal the early 2-0 lead.
With one out in the third, the Bears scored another run to increase their lead to 3-0. Senior Paige Bowie doubled to right and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Sophomore Veronica Nelson followed with a single past a diving Lobo shortstop to bring in Bowie.
New Mexico answered with its only run in the game in the third to cut the Cal lead to 3-1, after Melissa Fetman scored from third on a DiSalvio wild pitch.
Scott finished the game with two hits and two RBI to lead the Cal offensive attack.
Cal had a little harder time in game two against the No. 10 team in the country. The two teams played to a scoreless tie through regulation and were forced to go to extra innings.
In the eighth, Forest was placed on second due to the international tie breaker rule. Sophomore Kristen Morley sacrificed Forest to third, and in the process, the Titan catcher hit Morley with the ball on her way to first, allowing Forest to score and Morley to reach first and then move to second when the ball got away from the first baseman, giving the Bears the 1-0 lead. Bowie followed with a single to right, scoring Morley from second and putting Cal ahead, 2-0.
Fullerton was not able to score in its half of the eighth, giving Cal its sixth win over ranked opponents.
Forest, pitching her way to her ninth consecutive win, also improved her scoreless inning streak to 41 scoreless innings. She last allowed a run in the third inning against Nebraska at the UNLV Classic on Feb. 17. Against the Titans, Forest allowed only two hits in eight innings while striking out seven and walking one.
Bowie had two hits in the game and one RBI to lead the Cal offense.
Manahan's single against New Mexico and her second inning single against CS Fullerton improves her hitting streak to six games and is batting 7-for-16 during the streak, including a home run and two RBI.
The Bears return to action tomorrow when they take on Harvard at 9 a.m. and Portland State at 1 p.m to conclude the Worth Invite, before returning home to host New Mexico State on Wednesday, Mar. 6 at Levine-Fricke Field, with the first game to begin at 1 p.m.
Game 3 Worth Invitational, Fullerton, CA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 -- R H ENo. 4 California 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 -- 3 7 0New Mexico 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 -- 0 2 1Pitching: Cal: DiSalvio (1) and Scott, UNM: Punter (1) and Chambers, Dumas (3)2B: Chaffee (UNM), Scott (Cal), Bowie (Cal)WP: DiSalvio (7-0) LP: Punter (3-4) Save: None
Game 4 Worth Invitational, Fullerton, CA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 -- R H ENo. 4 California 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 -- 2 4 0No. 10 CS Fullerton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 2 1Pitching: Cal: Forest (1) and Scott, CSF: Oaks (1) and ToppingWP: Forest (9-0) LP: Oaks (8-4) Save: None