April 20, 2007
Berkeley - The California Golden Bears could not protect a 2-0 lead in the top of the seventh inning as the No. 13-ranked Washington Huskies rallied to claim a 4-2 victory over Cal in eight innings in Levine-Fricke Field on Friday afternoon.
Cal (26-24, 2-8 Pac-10) resumes conference action tomorrow when its hosts No. 12-ranked UCLA at 1:00 p.m.
In a show of solidarity, the Cal softball players wore orange ribbons in honor of the fallen victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy that occurred earlier in the week. There was also a moment of silence before the game. Neither team could generate much offense in the first three innings of the contest as both starting pitchers (Lauren Frankiewicz for Cal and Danielle Lawrie for Washington) gave up just two hits combined.
The Bears unlocked the scoreless bout in the fourth inning with a pair of runs to take a 2-0 lead. Katie Vickers slapped a two-out single into left field which allowed both Bernice Masaniai and Christina Schallig to score.
The score remained 2-0 until the top of the seventh when Dena Tyson and Lauren Greer posted back-to-back home runs off of Frankiewicz to knot the score at 2-2.
Tyson provided another key hit in the top of the eighth when her RBI single helped give the Huskies a 3-2 lead. UW would tack on another run to make it 4-2.
After giving up a lead off walk to Julie Meyer in the eighth, Lawrie retired the next three batters to end the contest. She finished with 13 strikeouts.
Frankiewicz suffered the loss to fall to 13-12 in the circle after allowing three runs on five hits with six strikeouts.