No. 8 Golden Bears Win the Hawaii Chevron Invitational
March 24, 2002
HONOLULU, Hawaii - No. 8 California (33-10) scored a combined 24 runs in two games to clinch the Hawaii Invitational Championship. The Golden Bears defeated Northwestern (9-7-1), 9-0, in the championship game Sunday night at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium to win their second tournament of the season.
In the semifinals, the Bears blasted three homeruns in the seventh inning alone as they won 15-2 in a romp over the Pride. Junior catcher Courtney Scott led the way for Cal, as she went a career-best 5-for-5 with two runs and five RBI. She also collected her second homer of the year
An offensive barrage that started in the first inning with one run, ended with a seven-run explosion in the top of the seventh. The Bears scored in every inning except the third and sixth innings, while tallying a season-high 19 hits.
After Scott's homer in the fourth inning, senior Candace Harper hit her third of the season for the first of three Cal homeruns in the seventh. Junior Chelsea Spencer, who went 4-for5 with four RBI, hit a three-run shot and junior Mikella Pedretti smacked her second of the year, a two-run job.
Harper went 3-for-4 with three RBI against Hofstra and freshman Jessica Pamanian went 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored.
Freshman pitcher Kelly Anderson (5-2) went the distance giving up two runs on a pair of homeruns. The two homers were the only hits given up by Anderson. She walked none, striking out a career-high 10 batters in her third complete game of the season.
Northwestern, who defeated Cal in round robin play last night, mustered just one hit against senior pitcher Jocelyn Forest. The Santa Maria native also struck out 10 batters en route to the tournament's 'Outstanding Pitcher' honor. Harper hit her second homerun of the day, going 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBI, while Scott remained hot with a 2-for-4 performance of her own.
After getting shutout by the Wildcats Saturday, the Bears started things out early. Freshman Kaleo Eldredge reached on an error to lead off the game. Kristin Morley, who went 1-for-1 with three walks, drew her first base on ball. After a fielder's choice by Harper, Veronica Nelson drew a walk, loading the bases. Scott slapped an RBI single to right field for the first of five runs in the innings.
Pamanian followed Spencer's pop up with a singled up the middle to bring in Harper. Pedretti collected her third and fourth RBI of the day when she hit a single to center. Rane Gunderson, NU's centerfielder, committed an error, allowing an additional run to score. The Wildcats were unable to play catch-up ball as Forest dominated much of the game.
The all-tournament team was announced following the game. Four Bears were selected to the team. Eldredge, Scott and Spencer were picked along with Forest, who was name the 'Outstanding Pitcher ' of the tournament.
With the seven-week tournament tour final at its end, Cal now braces itself for a flurry of conference games that leads off with a home game against No. 2 Stanford, Thursday, Mar. 29 at 2 p.m. at Levine-Fricke Field. The Bears return the trip with a Saturday double header at Stanford, also slated for 2 p.m.
Softball Results at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
Game 1 vs. Hofstra (8-18)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ECalifornia 1 4 0 1 2 0 7 15 19 1Hofstra 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 3Win: Anderson, Cal (5-2), C: ScottLoss: DeAngelis, (4-13), Kenney (2), Clark (6), C: AlmonHome Runs: Cal, Scott (2), Harper (3), Spencer (2), Hofstra, Almon (3), Brousseau (1)
Game 2 vs. Northwestern (9-7-1)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H ECalifornia 5 0 0 2 0 2 0 9 9 0Northwestern 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Win: Forest, Cal (14-6), C: ScottLoss: Brown, NU (2-6), Schwendimann (1), C: KiraHome Runs: Cal, Harper (4)