March 14, 1999
SUNNYVALE - The No. 16 Cal softball team was declared winner of the National Invitational Softball Tournament Sunday when the championship game against 23rd-ranked Iowa was rained out in the top of the fifth inning. The Bears earned the title because they were the only undefeated team in the championship bracket.
After finishing second in its pool with a 2-1 record, Cal won twice on Saturday, defeating Texas Tech, 1-0, and Purdue, 2-0. The Bears then advanced to the championship game with a 2-0 victory over Utah Sunday morning. Against the Utes, freshman pitcher Jocelyn Forest extended her scoreless streak to 47.0 innings with a three-hitter, improving her record to 10-2 and lowering her ERA to 0.45.
Cal's offense provided runs in the fourth and sixth innings. In the fourth, left fielder Paige Bowie singled and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by second baseman Lisa Iancin. One out later, Bowie came home on a single by shortstop Katie May.
The Bears added an insurance run in the sixth when Iancin singled to right and went all the way to third base on a fielding error by the Utah right fielder. She later scored on a wild pitch.
Forest was 3-0 in the tournament with a 0.00 ERA and sophomore pitcher Nicole DiSalvio went 2-0, also with a 0.00 ERA. Both players were named to the all-tournament team.
Cal, which won the 20-team NIST for the second consecutive year, next plays at a tournament in Hawaii beginning Thursday afternoon.
California 000 101 0 - 2 4 0
Utah 000 000 0 - 0 3 1
Forest (10-2) and Takasaki. Sa. Farnworth and St. Farnworth.
Cal vs. Iowa rained out in the fifth inning.