No. 3 Softball Earns Two Wins In Day 1 Of Buzz Classic
March 23, 2001
Marietta, GA - The No. 3 California Golden Bears bounced back after losing their first game last weekend to No. 13 Iowa, when they defeated the Harvard Crimson, 8-0, in game one of the Georgia Tech Buzz Classic, and then came back from a three-run deficit to defeat the Southeast Missouri State Otahkians, 5-4. With the two wins, the Bears improve to 34-1 on the year.
Cal and Harvard played to a scoreless tie until the bottom of the third inning when the Bears came to the plate. Junior Candace Harper came to the plate with no one on base and one out in the third, and quickly gave the Bears a 1-0 lead with her second home run on the year. Cal then put the game away the next inning with seven more runs to take the eventual final, 8-0. In the fourth, Cal sent 11 batters to the plate, with senior Amber Phillips coming through with the big hit in the inning, a bases-clearing triple.
Both Harper and Phillips had two hits apiece for the Bears.
Senior Nicole DiSalvio once again pitched a fine game to earn her 13th win on the year without a loss. She finished the game, allowing two hits while striking out eight without a walk.
Game two was a little more of a challenge for Cal, as they found themselves down three runs after five innings.
Both teams scored a single run in the first. Sophomore Eryn Manahan drove in Harper with a single, after Harper reached on a single earlier in the inning.
With the score tied 1-1, the Otahkians scored three runs in the third on a three run homer by junior Reagan Hamlin.
Cal would not go away however, rallying for four runs in the sixth to take the lead, 5-4. Sophomore Veronica Nelson led off the inning with her 10th homer on the year to begin the chipping away process. With one out, Phillips singled and moved to second on a single by sophomore Courtney Scott. Sophomore Jen Deering drove in Phillips from second with a single, moving Scott to second and dropping the SEMS lead to 4-3. Senior Paige Bowie then hit a grounder to the second baseman who mishandled the ball, allowing Bowie to reach base and both Scott and Deering to score. Deering's run proved to be the winning run.
Junior Jocelyn Forest pitched another complete game, allowing four runs (three earned) on five Otahkian hits. Forest had 12 strikeouts with only one walk on the day. With the win, she improves to 18-1 on the year.
Cal returns to action on Saturday, March 24, with a game versus Mercer at 1 p.m. EST, and another game versus No. 22 Wisconsin at 5 p.m. EST.
Game 1 of Georgia Tech Buzz Classic 1 2 3 4 5 -- R H EHarvard 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 2 0No. 3 California 0 0 1 7 X -- 1 6 1Pitching: Cal: DiSalvio (1), and Scott, Harvard: Thoke (1), and McKendryWP: DiSalvio (13-0) LP: Thoke () Save: None
Game 2 of Georgia Tech Buzz Classic 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 -- R H ENo. 3 California 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 -- 5 11 1SEMS 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 -- 4 5 1Pitching: Cal: Forest (1), and Scott, SEMS: King (1), and EnosWP: Forest (18-1) LP: King () Save: None