No. 4 Softball Squeeze Past No. 12 Iowa To Win NIST Title
March 11, 2001
SUNNYVALE, CA - Junior Jocelyn Forest squeezed home senior Amber Phillips in the bottom of the ninth to break the scoreless tie, as the No. 4 California Golden Bears defeated the No. 12 Iowa Hawkeyes, 1-0, for the National Invitational Softball Tournament title. This was the second win over Iowa in the tournament for Cal. The Bears improve to 28-0 on the year, while the Hawkeyes fall to 12-4.
The Bears loaded the bases in the second with no outs, but Iowa pitcher Sarah Thomson got the next three Cal batters out to end the early scoring threat.
The Bears were no hit through 5 2/3 innings, but a sophomore Veronica Nelson intentional walk, brought junior Candace Harper to the plate. Harper sent a shot to right center for a double and the first Cal hit in the game. With Nelson on third and Harper on second, the Bears had their earliest scoring opportunity, but a Phillips ground out to the second baseman ended the rally with the scoreless tie intact.
Both teams could not decide the outcome during regulation, and since the game was for the tournament title, the international tiebreaker was not used, therefore, the game was played as a regular game.
The score remained 0-0 until Cal came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth. Phillips had an infield single to the second baseman to leadoff the inning. Sophomore Courtney Scott moved Phillips to second on a sacrifice bunt. Sophomore Mikella Pedretti followed with the Bears fourth hit on the day, a single to left that got away from the left fielder, allowing Phillips to go to third and Scott to advance to second. Forest followed by fouling the first pitch out of play. Forest followed with the squeeze bunt, catching the Iowa players off guard. Phillips came in to the plate with a hard slide to score the Bears most important run in the game, giving Cal the 1-0 win.
Not only did Forest come through on the offensive side, but she also shined in the circle, going the distance for her 15th win on the year without a loss. She allowed seven hits while striking out seven and walking only one. With another nine scoreless innings pitched, she improved her scoreless inning streak to 86 innings. On the weekend, Forest went 3-0 with two saves to earn all-tournament honors
Cal goes on the road once again next weekend, competing in the Sacramento State Capital Classic. The Bears open against Purdue on Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m.
Championship Game of National Invitational Softball Tournament, Sunnyvale, CA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H ENo. 12 Iowa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2No. 4 California 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 1Pitching: Cal: Forest (1), and Scott, Iowa: Thompson (1) Hanks (7) and JendrzejewskiWP: Forest (15-0) LP: Hanks (9-2) Save: None