Feb. 10, 2007
SAN DIEGO - The tenth-ranked California Golden Bear softball team earned a split in its final two games at the Campbell-Cartier Classic on Saturday afternoon. Cal fell 1-0 to UMass, before defeating UC Santa Barbara 2-0 in the nightcap.
The Bears (3-1) return to Berkeley for their home opener versus San Jose State on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m., before traveling to Las Vegas for a three-day tournament (Feb. 16-18) hosted by UNLV.
In the second game of the day, UCSB nearly took an early lead with runners on the corners and two outs in the first inning, but Cal avoided any setback when freshman pitcher Brittany LaRosa got Tiffany Wright to pop up to third baseman, Katie Vickers to end the scoring threat.
Cal took advantage of Gaucho miscues for its first run of the game in the third inning when Erika Racklin, who led off with a single to left field and advanced to second on a throwing error by the second baseman, stole third base and continued to home plate on an error by the catcher to give the Bears a 1-0 lead.
The Bears increased their lead to 2-0 in the sixth inning when Vickers singled to left field allowing pinch runner Shannon Houston to score from second base.
LaRosa was stellar once again in the circle scattering four hits over seven innings for her second win and shutout of the season. Vickers finished the contest 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Missed opportunities doomed the Bears in their morning tilt with UMass. Cal had an early scoring chance in the top of the first inning, but could not advance Morgan Siegel from third base with two outs, as Bernice Masaniai grounded out to the short stop to end the inning.
UMass took advantage of a bases loaded situation in the bottom of the first and scored the lone run of the game when Cal freshman pitcher Marissa Drewrey walked Amada Acampora to plate Amanda Morin from third.
Cal had its best chance to tie the score or take the lead in the top of the seventh inning with the bases loaded and no outs. However the threat was ended when Julie Meyer lined out to the first baseman for the first out, followed by consecutive strikeouts by Carly Winger and Siegel.
Despite the loss, Drewrey was still impressive in her first collegiate start, allowing just one run on two hits with a strikeout in six innings of work. However UMass relied on the strong pitching performance from Brandice Balmschmiter (four hits over seven innings and six strikeouts) for its first win of the season.