Nebraska Outlasts Cal in Final Day of Vegas Tournament

March 4, 2007

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Las Vegas - The Nebraska Cornhuskers needed eight innings to defeat the 18th-ranked California Golden Bears, 5-2, in the final day of the UNLV Invitational on Sunday.

Cal (13-9) returns home to face Loyola-Chicago on Wednesday, Mar. 7 at 2 p.m. at Levine-Fricke Field.

The Huskers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Kimberly Fuller doubled to right field to score Brittany Pascale, who led off the inning with a walk.

The Bears battled back in the bottom half of the inning behind Katie Vickers and Taylor Kelly. Vickers led of the inning with a single, and quickly moved to second on a passed ball. Three batters later, Kelly delivered a double to right field to plate Vickers and knot the score at 1-1.

A pitchers duel ensued over the next five innings, as Cal's starter, Lauren Frankiewicz surrendered just two hits over that span.

Nebraska, however, unlocked a 1-1 tie with a four-run eighth inning to take a 5-1 lead. Per International tie-breaker rules, the Cornhuskers began the eighth with Whitney Barrett placed on second base. After a sacrifice fly moved Barrett to third base, an error by Frankiewicz brought her home to put NU up 2-1. Devin Porter followed with a double to score the next run, as Nebraska manufactured two more runs for the sizeable lead.

Cal had one last effort in the bottom of the inning when Carly Winger's deep fly to center field allowed pinch runner, Shannon Houston to score, trimming the deficit to 5-2.

Frankiewicz suffered the loss, her third of the year, to fall to 4-3 in the circle. Vickers, Kelly, and Alex Sutton posted all three of Cal's hits.

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