Kelly Delivers Game Winning Hit; Cal Downs Nevada, 5-4

Feb. 28, 2009

Fullerton, Calif. - Taylor Kelly knocked the game-winning single to center field in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift No. 9 Cal to a 5-4 win over Nevada in the second day of the DeMarini Classic hosted by CS Fullerton on Saturday.

The win helped Cal improve to 13-3 on the season.

It was a high scoring affair for both teams as Nevada put up three runs in the top of the first inning. Brittany Puzey keyed the inning with a double to center field to score Noelle Micka. Three batters later, Sarah Hunt doubled to right field to plate two more runs, giving the Wolf Pack a 3-0 lead.

Cal responded in the bottom half of the inning thanks to Sanoe Kekahuna's two-run home run. Valerie Arioto helped start the rally when she drew a leadoff walk, before advancing to second base after Shannon Thomas drew a walk. Jamia Reid then laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt allowing Arioto to move to third and Thomas to second. Bernice Masaniai then had an infield groundout allowing for Arioto to score. Kekahuna then stepped to the plate and uncorked a home run to left field to knot the score at 3-3.

The Bears had a good chance to add to their lead in the second inning with the bases loaded and two outs, but Nevada pitcher Katie Holverson induced a groundout to end the inning.

Kelsey Starr helped give Nevada a 4-3 edge with a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning.

Cal responded in the bottom of the seventh when Jamia Reid notched a single to score Shannon Houston, who drew a leadoff walk.

The Bears got out of a major jam in the top of the eighth when Nevada had runners on second and third with one out, but Arioto got Katie Stith to ground into the 5-2-3 double play to end the inning and scoring threat.

With the tournament tiebreaker rules in place (runner on second to start an inning), Nikki Schrey was inserted to pinch run for Masaniai. Kekahuna advanced Schrey to third on a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Kelly delivered a single to score Schrey for the win.

Valerie Arioto got the win to improve to 5-0 on the season, allowing one earned run on five hits in 7.1 innings. Marissa Drewrey got the start but only last one inning.

Kekahuna had two of Cal's five RBI and Kelly had two of the Bears' five hits.

Cal concludes the tournament with a Sunday afternoon affair against UC Riverside at 1:30 p.m.

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