No. 5 Cal Beats Up on Kent State, 10-2; Triumphs over No. 4 LSU, 3-0
Feb. 16, 2002
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - No. 5 California (8-4) 4-0, put 10 runs on the board in the last four innings to come back from an early 1-0 deficit to decidedly beat Kent State, 10-2 in the third game of the UNLV Classic Saturday afternoon at Desert Breeze Complex. In Cal's second game of the day, fourth of the tournament, the Bears defeated No. 4 LSU, 3-0.
In the bottom of the first, the Kent State Golden Flashes took the early 1-0 lead when junior Megan McGaughey hit a two-out single to shallow left field, scoring Lea Dorto from second base. Kent State looked like they had something cooking with two outs but Bears' pitcher Jen Deering served up one of her six strike-outs of the day to end the early inning Golden Flash threat.
The Bears left 11 runners on base today, most of them while threatening in the second and third innings. In the top of the second, with Mikella Pedretti stationed at third base and one out, Cal was unsuccessful in bringing her home. Freshman Jessica Vernaglia grounded out to the pitcher and freshman Jessica Pamanian hit a two-hopper to the shortstop to end the Bears' scoring threat.
After a three-strikeout inning for Deering in the bottom of the second, Cal threatened again in the top of the third. Freshman Kaleo Eldredge started things off with a single to shallow left center field. Kristen Morley and Candace Harper both sacrificed to move Eldredge to third with two outs. Junior Veronica Nelson was issued one of her three free passes on the day and Courtney Scott followed with a walk of her own to load the bases. But freshman Chelsea Spencer popped up to first base to end the inning for the Bears.
In the top of the fourth, Cal put two runs on the board and chased freshman pitcher Melissa Rhodes from the game. Pedretti got things started with a line drive single to left field. Pedretti was replaced with pinch runner Jocelyn Forest who sprinted home from second base on Kaleo Eldredge's single to short center field. With two outs and runners on first and third, Harper came to the plate and slapped a single to left field bringing home Eldredge to make it 2-1 Bears. After another walk to Nelson, Scott came to the plate with bases loaded and grounded out to end the inning.
After a three run fifth and a two run sixth, the real excitement began in the seventh with the Bears up 7-1. With one out, Morley hit a line drive single over the head of Le Ann Fonner at third base. That brought Harper to the plate and she proceeded to smash a two-run dinger, her first of the year, to deep center field bringing the lead to 9-1 for the Bears. Cal added another run before Kent State put up one in the bottom of the seventh to finish the game 10-2.
Junior pitcher Deering (4-1) pitched a complete game for the second day in a row, giving up ten hits and two runs. Eldredge went 3-for-5 with two RBI's while Harper went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI's and a two-run homer.
In the nightcap versus LSU, All-American pitcher Jocelyn Forest (3-2) was the story. Striking out the first five LSU batters, Forest pitched a complete game, striking out eight, walking just one and allowing only four Tiger hits.
Cal got off to a quick start by putting two runs on the board in the bottom of the first, off of second team All-American LSU pitcher Kristin Schmidt. The Bears sent eight batters to the plate as Morley started things off with a one-out single to left field. Candace Harper, who went 2-for-3 in the game, then hit a line drive RBI triple into left field to score Morley from first base. After an intentional walk to Nelson, Scott smashed an RBI double over the left fielder's head to bring home Harper from third. Vernaglia would line out to the short stop with the bases loaded to end the Bears' first inning scoring threat.
The game was non-eventful until the bottom of the fourth when Cal put their final run on the board. With one out and nobody on, Vernaglia split third and short with her line drive single into left field. Pamanian singled over third base to make it runners on first and second for the Bears. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch by reliever Britni Sneed to make it second and third with one out. That brought Eldredge to the plate as she hit a shot up the middle to score Pamanian for the game's final run, 3-0 Bears.
It wasn't until the bottom of the seventh that the Tigers had even advanced a runner past second base. With two outs and a runner on first, LSU senior Erin Johnson roped a single to center field to move Julie Wiese to third. That was the closest the Tigers would come as pinch hitter Leigh Ann Danos popped up to Nelson to end the game.
Cal faces Portland State at 9:30 a.m. (PT) and Kansas at 12:30 p.m. (PT) in the third and final day of the UNLV Classic.
Softball Result at Desert Breeze Complexvs. Kent State 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ECalifornia 0 0 0 2 3 2 3 10 13 2Kent State 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 10 4
Win: Deering, Cal (4-1)Loss: Rhodes, Kent State (0-1)Home Runs: Harper (1)
Softball Result at Desert Breeze Complexvs. LSU 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ELSU 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0California 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 7 0
Win: Forest, Cal (3-2)Loss: Schmidt, (3-1)Home Runs: None