No. 4 Softball Takes First Two Games Of Pool Play At NIST
March 9, 2001
SUNNYVALE, CA - The No. 4 California Golden (23-0) squeaked past the Southern Illinois Salukis (6-5), 2-0 in game one of pool play at the National Invitational Softball Tournament and followed that win with a 7-2 victory over the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (7-12) in game two.
The Salukis had runners on first and third in the second inning with two outs, but senior Nicole DiSalvio got Netty Hallahan to strikeout swinging to end the SIU threat.
With a runner on third and one out for Southern Illinois in the third, DiSalvio again battled back to get the next two batters to strikeout and maintain the scoreless tie.
In the fifth, sophomore Mikella Pedretti took action into her own hands for the Bears, sending a 1-0 pitch over the left field fence to give Cal the 1-0 lead. Junior Jocelyn Forest followed with a single up the middle and then stole second to move into scoring position. Sophomore Kristen Morley then singled over Saluki pitcher Erin Stremsterfer to bring in Forest from second and give the Bears a two run advantage.
DiSalvio earned the win for Cal, improving to 10-0 on the year. She struck out seven SIU batters, walked two and allowed four hits.
The Bears spotted the Gauchos two runs in the first inning of game two, on a double by Jamie Trinidad, driving in E.J. Lauchland from second and Leslie Simien from first to give UCSB an early 2-0 lead.
Cal chipped away at the UCSB lead, stringing together five straight hits, along with a sophomore Veronica Nelson walk, to cut the Gauchos lead in half, 2-1.
In the fourth with one out, sophomore Courtney Scott drilled a double down the left field line. Forest followed with a walk to put Cal runners on first and second. Freshman Katie Andrew came in to run for Scott at second, and proceeded, along with Forest at first, to move up one base apiece on a wild pitch. Sophomore Eryn Manahan came up next and sent a double to the left field gap to drive in Andrew and Forest, and give Cal the lead for good, 3-2.
UCSB threatened to score in the sixth, but Pedretti in right field, gunned out Ashley Groefsema trying to score from second on a shallow single. More importantly, with the out at home, Forest was able to keep her scoreless inning streak alive.
Forest, pitching the final six innings in relief of DiSalvio, earned her 12th straight win, allowing just two hits, striking out eight and walking four. With six scoreless innings, Forest moves to tied for 16th in the NCAA with 60 consecutive scoreless innings pitched.
After going hitless in game one against Southern Illinois to snap her 10 game hitting streak, Manahan came back with three hits and two RBI against the Gauchos.
The Bears return to action later today, when they take on No. 12 Iowa, with the first pitch scheduled for 8 p.m. Bracket play begins on Saturday, with the top teams from the three pools to compete in the championship bracket, while the lower tiered schools play in the consolation bracket.
Game 1 National Invitational Softball Tournament, Sunnyvale, CA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 -- R H ESouthern Illinois 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 4 0No. 4 California 0 0 0 0 2 0 X -- 2 6 3Pitching: Cal: DiSalvio (1) and Scott, SIU: Stremsterfer (1) and FortmanHR: Pedretti (Cal, 4)WP: DiSalvio (10-0) LP: Stremsterfer (4-2) Save: NoneRecords: Cal (22-0), SIU (6-5)
Game 2 National Invitational Softball Tournament, Sunnyvale, CA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 -- R H ENo. 4 California 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 -- 7 14 0UC Santa Barbara 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 2 6 1Pitching: Cal: DiSalvio (1) and Scott, Forest (2), UCSB: Santos (1) and Bolton, Carroll (4)2B: Trinidad (UCSB), Scott (Cal), Manahan (Cal)WP: Forest (12-0) LP: Santos (2-5) Save: NoneRecords: Cal (23-0), UCSB (7-12)