Washington Can't Spoil Senior Day; Bears Defeat Huskies, 3-1
April 27, 2008
Berkeley - The No. 21-ranked California softball team sent its three seniors - Julie Meyer, Erika Racklin and Katie Vickers - out in style with a 3-1 win over the 22nd-ranked Washington Huskies on Sunday afternoon at Levine-Fricke Field.
Cal earned its 37th win of the season, while also upping its conference mark to 5-10. This was the final Pac-10 home game for the trio of seniors. Wednesday's non-conference game versus UC Davis officially marks the final home game of their careers.
Head coach Diane Ninemire used all three of her pitchers - Brittany LaRosa, Valerie Arioto and Marissa Drewrey - for the victory. The threesome combined to give up the one run on just two hits the entire afternoon. Arioto earned the victory in the circle, her seventh, while Drewrey garnered the save, her first of the year.
'This victory was definitely a total team effort,' said Racklin. 'I was really proud of the effort everyone gave today. We just want to keep getting these wins in the Pac-10 to help us prepare for a hopeful NCAA Regional berth.'
After surrendering a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Cal responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the stanza to seize the 2-1 advantage. After Arioto drew a leadoff walk, Racklin laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Arioto to second. Gina Leomiti smoked the Aleah Macon offering to right-center field allowing Arioto to score. After Bernice Masaniai reached on an error, Vickers roped a single through the right side to load the bases. Vernae Sevilla then drove a pitch deep to left field allowing Leomiti to score on the sacrifice.
Cal padded its lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when Arioto clocked her second home run of the season over the left field wall to put Cal up 3-1.
UW made things interesting in the top of the seventh with two runners on base with one out. But Drewrey induced a ground out, before catching Marnie Kozoil looking a called strike three to end the game.
Arioto's two runs scored today brings her season total to 46, three shy of tying the record for fifth most runs in a season (49) set by three different players.