No. 5 Cal Beats BYU 5-2, Blanks UC Riverside, 3-0

Feb. 15, 2002

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - No. 5 California (5-4) put up three runs in the top of the second inning to break a 2-2 tie to win the first game of the UNLV Classic Friday afternoon, 5-2 at Desert Breeze Complex. Cal defeated UC Riverside in the second game, 3-0.

In the top of the first, the Bears took the early lead when Courtney Scott showed patience at the plate and took the base on balls to score Kaleo Eldredge, who walked to lead off the game. After Jessica Vernaglia struck out, Chelsea Spencer singled to right field scoring Kristen Morley for the quick 2-0 lead.

BYU answered the challenge in the bottom of the first. Liz VanderLinden started off the inning with walk, Jocelyn Forest's only base on balls of the day. After two quick putouts by the Cal defense, All-American left fielder Oli Keohohou smashed a line drive over the left field fence for an impressive two-run dinger, knotting the score at 2 apiece.

The second inning saw more run production for the Bears. This time, Jessica Pamanian started the inning off with the walk. Eldredge succeeded in hitting a high hopper single over third base to move Pamanian to second ... two on with no outs. Morley then loaded the bases when she legged out a tapper that bounced off the pitcher's foot. Harper went on to ground into a double play but notched the RBI as Pamanian came in to score. Veronica Nelson was issued one of her four walks on the day to make it first and third with two outs. A Niki Andersen wild pitch scored Eldredge as Nelson moved up to second base. That brought Vernaglia up to plate and she skied a pitch into right field only to be bobbled and dropped by the right fielder, scoring Nelson for the 5-2 lead. That was all the run support that the Bears would need as neither team put any runs on the board the rest of the afternoon.

Cal reached base in every inning, but stranded 14 runners for the game. Spencer led the Bears going 3-for-4 with one RBI.

Senior pitcher Jocelyn Forest (2-2) struck out 12, including the order in the top of the seventh, and walked just one batter in her complete game performance.

In the second game Cal's defense stepped up to the test. Facing a UC Riverside team that is only in its second year of existence, the game remained surprisingly tight throughout.

In the top of the first, pitcher Jen Deering set the tone by retiring the side in order. In the bottom of the inning though, the Bears loaded the bases with two outs. A nice play by Karli Burneleit at second base to snag a Spencer line drive ended the Bears' scoring threat.

In the bottom of the second, Cal got on the board when Eldredge knocked in Vernaglia from second base, with a line drive RBI single over the outstretched hands of Karli Burneleit at second base ... putting the Bears up 1-0. Vernaglia was subsequently thrown out trying to steal second base to end the inning.

The fourth inning provided some insurance runs for the Bears. Deering started things off with a wicked hop single that nailed shortstop Kristen Hernandez in the chest. Vernaglia reached on a fielder's choice and moved to second with a walk to Eldredge. With two outs and two on, Vernaglia stole third with Morley at the plate. This proved to be a key play as Morley hit a line drive single to left field to bring Vernaglia home. The Bears weren't done yet. Harper hit a soft floater that dropped into short left field for an RBI single as Eldredge scored to make it 3-0.

UC Riverside threatened in the top of the sixth. Kiara Burneleit started the inning off with a walk. A sacrifice bunt moved Burneleit to second. Suzy Dallas proceeded to hit a triple down the right field line but as Burneleit headed home, the relay throw from Morley in right hit Scott right in the glove for the tag out at home plate. That was the closest UC Riverside would come as Deering struck out Karli Burneleit to end the inning and the scoring threat.

Junior pitcher Jen Deering (3-1) pitched her fourth complete game in as many tries, striking out five and walking just one. The Bears stranded nine runners, making it a total of 23 on the day. Senior Candace Harper went 2-for-4 with one RBI.

Cal faces Kent State at 12:30 p.m. (PT) and No. 4 LSU at 5:30 p.m. (PT) in the second day of the UNLV Classic.

Softball Result at Desert Breeze Softball ComplexLas Vegas, Nev.

vs. BYU 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ECalifornia 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 10 0BYU 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 1

Win: Forest, Cal (2-2)Loss: Andersen, BYUHome Runs: Keohohou

Vs. UC Riverside 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H EUC Riverside 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0California 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 7 0

Win: Deering, Cal (3-1)Loss: Jackson, UCR (2-3)Home Runs: None

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