No. 3 Softball Wins Two More In Day 2 Of Capital Classic
March 16, 2001
SACRAMENTO, CA - The No. 3 California Golden Bears chalked up another pair of wins in day 2 of the Capital Classic on Friday afternoon. Cal defeated the Eastern Illinois Panthers this morning, 13-1 in five innings, and then came back later Friday to defeat the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 8-0, in six innings, to up their record to 32-0.
The Bears came out of the blocks in a hurry in the first game against the Panthers. Cal scored twice in the first, five in the second, once more in the third and five in the fourth to give the Bears 13 runs, matching their scoring output in yesterday's, 13-1 win over Miami University.
Senior Pauline Dueï¿½as had three hits and two RBI for the Bears, while junior Candace Harper and sophomores Veronica Nelson and Courtney Scott had two hits apiece for Cal. Nelson hit her ninth home run on the year, a three run shot in the second inning, while driving in four runs in the game.
Sophomore Jen Deering started in the circle for the Bears for the first time in 2001. She pitched 3.2 shutout innings, allowing three hits to pick up the win (1-0).
Cal had little trouble early on in the second game of the day against the Hilltoppers, throwing up three runs in the first. Harper singled to drive in Dueï¿½as and then senior Amber Phillips drove in Harper and Nelson, all in the first inning as the Bears sent nine batters to the plate in the inning.
Cal met the scoreboard again in the fifth. Freshman Danielle Setiawan, running for Nelson who walked earlier in the inning, moved to third on one of sophomore Eryn Manahan's three hits in the game. Setiawan later scored the Bears fourth run in the game on a wild pitch by WKU's Katie Swertfager (1-5).
Cal ended the game in the sixth with four more runs, taking the 8-0 lead, which ended the game due to the eight-run rule. Senior Paige Bowie had two RBI in the inning on a single through the left side.
Junior Jocelyn Forest, coming off a career-best 18 strikeout and one hit performance against Purdue last night, came back against Western Kentucky to pitch six shutout innings, allowing only one hit while striking out nine Hilltop batters. Forest improves to 17-0 on the year.
The Bears return to action tomorrow as bracket play begins. Cal will likely be a one or two seed. If they are a two seed, Cal plays at 11 a.m., whereas if they are chosen as the one seed, they get a first-round bye and play at 1 p.m.
Game 3 of Capital Classic, Sacramento, CA 1 2 3 4 5 -- R H EE. Illinois 0 0 0 4 0 -- 4 6 4No. 3 California 2 5 1 5 X -- 13 12 1
HR - CAL: Nelson (9),WP - Deering (1-0), LP Hagerty (0-1)
Game 4 of Capital Classic, Sacramento, CA 1 2 3 4 5 6 -- R H EWestern Kentucky 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 1 0No. 3 California 3 0 0 0 1 4 -- 8 9 2
WP - Forest (17-0), LP Swertfager (1-5)