March 4, 2007
Las Vegas - The Nebraska Cornhuskers needed eight innings to defeat the 18th-ranked California Golden Bears, 5-2, in the final day of the UNLV Invitational on Sunday.
Cal (13-9) returns home to face Loyola-Chicago on Wednesday, Mar. 7 at 2 p.m. at Levine-Fricke Field.
The Huskers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Kimberly Fuller doubled to right field to score Brittany Pascale, who led off the inning with a walk.
The Bears battled back in the bottom half of the inning behind Katie Vickers and Taylor Kelly. Vickers led of the inning with a single, and quickly moved to second on a passed ball. Three batters later, Kelly delivered a double to right field to plate Vickers and knot the score at 1-1.
A pitchers duel ensued over the next five innings, as Cal's starter, Lauren Frankiewicz surrendered just two hits over that span.
Nebraska, however, unlocked a 1-1 tie with a four-run eighth inning to take a 5-1 lead. Per International tie-breaker rules, the Cornhuskers began the eighth with Whitney Barrett placed on second base. After a sacrifice fly moved Barrett to third base, an error by Frankiewicz brought her home to put NU up 2-1. Devin Porter followed with a double to score the next run, as Nebraska manufactured two more runs for the sizeable lead.
Frankiewicz suffered the loss, her third of the year, to fall to 4-3 in the circle. Vickers, Kelly, and Alex Sutton posted all three of Cal's hits.