May 5, 1999
SACRAMENTO - The 19th-ranked California softball team swept a pair of games from Sacramento State Wednesday to complete its best non-conference record in school history.
After beating the Hornets, 10-2 and 2-0, the Bears improved to 31-5 in non-conference games this season. Overall, Cal upped its record to 38-19. Cal's previous best non-conference mark came in 1992 when the Bears were 39-8 outside the Pac-10.
In the opener, the Bears scored eight runs in the second inning for their biggest inning of the year. Senior first baseman Kirsten Drake started the rally with a solo home run and senior designated player Holly Yost added a three-run shot. In all, Cal sent 13 batters to the plate and banged out eight base hits.
Cal added two runs in the third inning for a 10-0 lead, while Sac State scored its two runs in the fifth.
Every Cal starter, along with reserve Pauline Dueas, had at least one hit in the 13-hit attack. The 10 runs also tied the Bears high for a game this year.
In the second game, freshman third baseman Candace Harper and sophomore left fielder Paige Bowie had RBI hits to back the six-hit pitching of sophomore Nicole DiSalvio. Sac State threatened in the bottom of the seventh inning, but with two outs and the bases loaded, DiSalvio induced a ground ball to end the game.
"I was happy to see us put together two good games," said Cal head coach Diane Ninemire. "Our bats really came alive to get the day off to a good start. In the second game, Moose (DiSalvio) was able to shut Sac State down when she needed to."
Shea Stadium, Sacramento, CA
California 082 00 - 10 13 1
Sacramento State 000 02 - 2 6 1
Forest and Takasaki. Barker, Daniel (2) and Cunningham. HR - Drake (C), 2nd, none on; Yost (C), 2nd, 2 on. W - Forest 18-6. L - Barker 7-10.
California 010 001 0 - 2 6 1
Sacramento State 000 000 0 - 0 6 2
DiSalvio and Takasaki. Lovato and O'Leary. W - DiSalvio 13-10. L - Lovato 15-11.
Sac State 24-23