No. 6 Cal Sweeps Sacramento State, 7-1, 4-1
April 9, 2003
Senior Courtney Scott batted 5-for-8 with four doubles and two RBIs to help lead the sixth-ranked California softball team to a sweep versus Sacramento State, 7-1, 4-1, Wednesday afternoon at Shea Stadium. The Golden Bears (34-9, 4-2) out-hit the Hornets (25-17, 4-0) 17 to 10 in the non-conference wins.
In the first game, the Hornets exploded with a 1-0 lead in the first off Erin Coyne's two-out double to left center, scoring Jillian Bivert, who reached first base on a fielder's choice. Sacramento then loaded the bases with a walk and a base hit, but Cal pitcher Jen Deering retired the side, forcing a ground out to leave the runners stranded.
The Bears rallied in the fifth off four hits to take a 3-1 lead. With no outs, Cal loaded the bases off back-to-back base hits from freshman Lindsay James and Scott and a walk to first baseman Veronica Nelson. Eldredge drove in James with a single to right field followed by second baseman Eryn Manahan's RBI single to right center.
Cal ran away with the game in the sixth, collecting four runs off one hit and one error for an eventual final score of 7-1. Scott roped her second double of the game, scoring Vicky Galindo from second base for the fourth run. After an intentional walk to Nelson to load the bases, Eldredge drove in James off an infield fielder's choice as James beat out the throw at home. Manahan drove in her second RBI of the game with a ground out to second base followed by Spencer's infield fielder's choice for the seventh run for the Bears.
With the win, Deering improves to 7-1 for the season, allowing just two hits, both in the first inning. The senior struck out two, walked two and allowed one earned run before sophomore Kelly Anderson came in for relief in the top of the seventh. Sacramento's Brianne Ferguson fell to 10-8 for the season (5.0 innings, nine hits, six runs, two walks and two strikeouts).
In the second game, Cal scored a quick run in the first with Scott's third double of the day, this time to center field, scoring James who reached on a fielding error. In the fourth, Manahan sailed her fifth home run of the season beyond the left field wall to increase Cal's lead to 4-0, scoring Scott and Nelson who reached on a double and single, respectively.
Hornets pitcher Nicole Deatherage helped out her own campaign, smacking a two-out RBI infield single in the sixth to score Amy Walter and ruin the shutout.
Sophomore Cassie Bobrow picked up the win for the Bears (3-0), allowing eight hits, one earned run, no walks and three strikeouts in six innings. Freshman Kristina Thorson entered the circle in the seventh, walking one and fanning one batter to earn her first save of the season, the team's second of the year. Deatherage took the loss, falling to 11-7 overall (seven hits, four runs, one walk, six strikeouts).
Manahan (2-for-5, 5 RBIs), designated player Kristen Morley (2-for-6) and Spencer (2-for-7, 2 RBIs) also notched multi-hit performances for the day alongside Scott.
Next up, California travels to Arizona State Friday at 7 p.m.
Softball Results at Shea StadiumSacramento, CAGAME 1California 010 024 0 - 7 10 0Sacramento St. 100 000 0 - 1 2 2Deering, Anderson (7) and Scott. Ferguson, Steenburgen (6) and Coyne, O'Neill (7).W - Deering (7-1). L - Ferguson (10-8).
GAME 2California 100 300 0 - 4 7 0Sacramento St. 000 001 0 - 1 8 1Bobrow and Scott. Deatherage and Coyne, O'Neill (6)W - Bobrow (3-0). L - Deatherage (11-7)HR- Manahan, Cal (5)
Records:Cal: 34-9 (4-2 Pac-10)Sac. St: 25-17 (4-0 PCSC)