No. 7 Stanford Rallies for a 4-3 Win over No. 21 California
April 18, 2008
Stanford - The 21st-ranked California Golden Bears couldn't hold a 3-0 lead as the seventh-ranked Stanford Cardinal scored four unanswered runs late to earn a 4-3 win in eight innings on Friday night at Smith Family Stadium.
Cal (35-17, 3-7 Pac-10) takes on Stanford tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.
The Bears got a big lift from Vernae Sevilla's bat when she launched her first home run of the season - a three-run shot over the left field wall in the second inning. After a scoreless first stanza, Stanford pitcher Missy Penna issued a walk to Bernice Masaniai to lead off the second. Penna would then induce a pop up for the first out, before issuing a second walk to Katie Vickers one batter later. Sevilla was the next hitter to step up to the plate and promptly turned on an 0-1 delivery to give Cal the 3-0 lead.
The Cardinal finally got to Drewrey and sliced into Cal's lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when Alissa Haber connected for a single on a 1-2 count to right field, plating pinch runner Autumn Albers. Drewrey remained calm and got Tricia Aggaboa to ground out to Vickers to end the inning, leaving the score at 3-1.
Stanford took advantage of a Cal fielding miscue with two outs and managed to knot the score at 3-3 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, before Anna Beardman's single in the bottom of the eighth allowed Erin Howe to score the winning run.
Drewrey suffered the tough loss, allowing two earned runs on eight hits with three strikeouts. Her counterpart, Penna, allowed three earned on two hits with eight strikeouts.
Masaniai extended her hitting streak to six games after punching a single through the right side on a 1-2 count in the top of the sixth inning.