No. 4 Bears Sweep Sacramento State In Preparation For Three-Game Series With No. 3 Stanford This Weekend
April 11, 2001
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The No. 4 California swept the Sacramento State Hornets in a mid-week doubleheader, 5-1 and 9-1, on Wednesday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The Bears used 10 hits in game one and another 14 in the nightcap to help improve their record to 43-4 overall. With the two losses, the Hornets fall to 14-26 in 2001.
With One out in the top of the second of game one, the Bears began to rally. Sophomore Courtney Scott singled to right and moved to second on a base hit up the middle by fellow sophomore Mikella Pedretti. Sophomore Jen Deering struck out swinging for the second out in the inning, bringing sophomore Kristen Morley to the plate, who then sent a base knock past a diving first baseman, bringing in Scott from second base for Cal's first run in the game. Morley then stole second and in the process, the catcher threw the ball into the center field, allowing Pedretti to cross the plate and give the Bears a 2-0 lead.
The Bears kept the scoring machine rolling in the third. With two outs, and senior Paige Bowie on second after reaching first on a fielder's choice and moving to second on a Eryn Manahan groundout, Scott singled through the right side to bring in Bowie for the Bears third run in the game.
In the fifth, Sophomore Veronica Nelson drew her third of four intentional walks. Bowie followed with a single down the left-field line, moving Nelson to second. Manahan, with no outs, grounded into a fielder's choice to the third baseman, allowing her to reach base and Bowie to advance to second, while Nelson was out on the play. Scott then sent a base hit up the middle for her third hit in the game to bring in Bowie from second and send Manahan to third. Manahan then came in to score on another single by Pedretti, her third of the game, for a 5-0 Cal advantage.
The Hornets sent one run across the plate in the sixth, but that would be all they could sore in the game, as Cal took game one, 5-1.
Junior Jocelyn Forest started for the Bears and had her no hitter broken up with two out in the fourth on an infield single by Sac. State's Jennifer Jokinen. Forest got the next batter to strike out swinging to end the inning. Forest had a seven consecutive strikeout streak going from the second through the fourth, and finished with a game-high 11 Ks through five innings. Forest earned the win to improve to 22-3 on the year. Deering relieved Forest to start the sixth, and gave up the lone Sacramento State run, pitching the final two frames, allowing three hits while striking three.
The Bears took a little longer to put their scoring shoes on in the second game. Scott led off the second with a single to left and move to second on a sacrifice bunt by Pedretti. From second, Scott came in to score on a Deering double to center, who later scored on a bunt single by Morley and a throwing error by the left fielder. After two complete, Cal led 2-0.
The Hornets cut the lead in half, putting a single run on the board in the third, for a Cal, 2-1, lead.
Cal answered the Sac. St. run in the third and then added on to the lead. With one out, Deering singled through the left side. Morley followed with a single of her own, moving Deering to second on the play. Senior Pauline Due-as then sent a shot over the left fielder's head for a double, driving in Deering from third and moving Morley to third. After another intentional walk by Nelson, Bowie singled to drive in Morley and Due-as to give the Bears a 5-1 lead.
In the fifth, Scott kept her torrid offensive pace going, leading off the inning with a double to right center, and moved to third on a ground out by Pedretti. With two outs, Scott crossed the plate on a line-drive single to right by Morley. The Bears led, 6-1, after four and half innings.
After a leadoff single through the right side in the sixth by Harper, and yet another intentional walk by Nelson, Manahan singled up the middle to move each runner up 60 feet. An error by the center fielder on the Manahan hit allowed Harper to score the Bears seventh run of the game.
Two more runs in the seventh on a Manahan single gave Cal the 9-1 final.
Senior Nicole DiSalvio pitched six strong innings for the Bears to earn her 16th win with only one loss. DiSalvio allowed a single run on five Hornet hits while striking out four. Deering came in to pitch a perfect the seventh to close out the game, including a strikeout.
Scott led the Cal offense, finishing the day with 6 hits (6-for-8) with three runs scored and two RBI. Nelson was not allowed to hit, as Sac. St. walked her intentionally nine straight times in both games combined.
Friday, the Bears gets back into Pac-10 play when they head to Stanford, CA to take on the No. 3 Cardinal at 3 p.m. Saturday, Cal hosts the Stanford in a doubleheader to begin at 1 p.m. Game one will be televised on Fox Sports Bay Area on taped delay at 5 p.m.
Shea Stadium, Sacramento, CA, Game 1
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ENo. 4 California 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 5 10 2Sacramento State 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 1Pitching: Cal: Forest, Deering (6) and Scott, Sac. St.: Bivert and VillaWP: Forest (22-3) LP: Bivert (4-9) Save: None
Shea Stadium, Sacramento, CA, Game 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ENo. 4 California 0 2 0 3 1 1 2 9 14 0Sacramento State 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 4Pitching: Cal: DiSalvio, Deering (7) and Scott, Sac. St.: Deatherage and CunninghamWP: DiSalvio (16-1) LP: Deatherage (7-12) Save: NoneRecords: Cal (43-4, 2-3 Pac-10), Sac. St. (14-26)