Cal Takes Series Finale With Walk-Off Homerun
April 20, 2008
Berkeley, Calif. - The Stanford softball team held rival California scoreless for six innings, but one swing of the bat by Bernice Masaniai in the bottom of the seventh handed the Cardinal its eighth loss of the year at Levine-Fricke Field in Berkeley, 1-0. The Cardinal falls to 40-8 and 6-6 in the Pac-10, while the Golden Bears improve to 36-18 and 4-8 in conference play.
Stanford outhit Cal, 5-4, and lost for the first time while outhitting an opponent. The Cardinal left ten runners on base to the Bears' three, marking the seventh time this season, and fifth in Pac-10 play, that the team has stranded double-figure runners. The Bears were the first Cardinal opponent other than top-ranked Arizona State to shut the Cardinal out this year.
Missy Penna (28-7)pitched her third complete game of the weekend and struck out five Cal batters. Her counterpart Marissa Drewrey fanned ten and improves to 24-11.
Penna allowed the Bears three of their four hits in the first inning, when a trio of singles loaded the bases with one out. Rosey Neill fielded an errant pitch off the backstop to catch Erika Racklin trying to score, before second baseman Shannon Koplitz made a play to end the inning and keep Cal off the board.
From there Penna was near perfect, allowing Cal just one baserunner over the next five innings. Meanwhile the Cardinal put runners on in every inning, including six in scoring position, but was unable to capitalize. The Cardinal's best chance came in the sixth inning, when back-to-back singles by Erin Howe and Melisa Koutz put two aboard with one out. A passed ball moved them to second and third, but Drewrey and the Cal defense managed to keep them from scoring.
In the bottom of the seventh, Masaniai, the lead-off batter, took Penna's 0-1 pitch deep to left field and ended the game.
Stanford will host San Jose State on Tuesday at 6 p.m. before continuing Pac-10 play against Washington on Friday. The Cardinal will play the rubber game with the Huskies on Friday at 7 p.m. at Smith Family Stadium, then meet UCLA Saturday and Sunday to conclude to home season. At Sunday's noon game, the Cardinal's five seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony.