March 10, 2007
Sunnyvale - The 22nd-ranked California Golden Bears relied on sophomore Lauren Frankiewicz's season-high 10 strikeouts in its 5-3 win over Eastern Illinois, before rallying from a 4-0 deficit to defeat Iowa State, 15-5, in the nightcap in the second day of the NIST hosted by San Jose State on Saturday.
Cal (17-10) has won four of its last five games, and concludes tournament play tomorrow versus Northern Iowa at 9 a.m.
In their afternoon tilt with the Cyclones, the Bears fell in an early hole after Iowa State manufactured four runs in the first inning. ISU got a big lift from Katie Reichling, who slapped a double to center field off of Cal starter, Brittany LaRosa, to plate a pair of runs.
Cal began its methodical rally with runs in the second and third innings to trim the Cyclone lead to 4-2. In the second frame, Taylor Kelly notched a single to plate Gina Leomiti, who led off the inning with a single, while in the third, Leomiti's RBI single allowed Alex Sutton to score.
The Bears' offense came alive in the fourth stanza when Julie Meyer's RBI triple scored Kelly from first base. Sutton followed by reaching safely on a fielder's choice, allowing Meyer to score, while Erika Racklin punched a single to score Sutton and put Cal on top, 5-4.
Iowa State managed to score a run courtesy of a fielding miscue in the bottom half of the fourth to tie the score, before Cal responded to take the lead for good with two runs in the top of the fifth.
After adding a run in the sixth, Cal exploded for three home runs and seven runs in all in the top of the seventh.
Masaniai went yard for the second time in the day after her two-run shot scored Leomiti. Two batters later, Meyer hit her second home run of the year, a solo shot, giving Cal an 11-5 lead. Two batters later, Sutton connected for her fifth long ball of the season, this time a two-run job that also scored Houston.
Marissa Drewrey, who relieved LaRosa after the first inning, picked up her seventh win in the circle after allowing just one run on four hits.
Sutton finished 2-for-4 with three runs and three RBI, while Leomiti produced four hits on five plate appearances with three runs scored. As team, Cal pounded out 17 hits and 14 RBI.
Cal generated its first run in the top of the first inning in its morning clash with Eastern Illinois when Leomiti's sacrifice fly to right field scored Racklin, who hit a one-out single, from third base.
The Bears tacked on another run to take a 2-0 advantage in the second after Sutton notched a single to center field to plate Kelly, who also hit a one-out single.
Cal widened the gap in the third inning courtesy of a two-run home run from Masaniai to put the Bears up 4-0. With Leomiti on first (hit by a pitch), Masaniai turned on Kathleen Jacoby's offering over the center field wall.
Eastern Illinois manufactured its first run of the contest in the bottom half of the third when Sandyn Short connected for a double to score Sarah Coppert, trimming the Cal lead to 4-1.
The Panthers added another run in the fourth on a fielder's choice, before Cal pushed its lead up to 5-2 in the sixth when Sutton's sacrifice fly to left field scored Kelly.
Frankiewicz went the distance to collect her sixth win in the circle after allowing three runs on six hits with a season-high 10 strikeouts, two shy of her career-high of 12.
Racklin went 3-for-4, while Kelly scored two runs.
Notes... Gina Leomiti has scored seven runs in her last three games ... Taylor Kelly has produced five runs and six RBI in her last four games ...Alex Sutton has two home runs and eight RBI in her last three games ... Cal head coach Diane Ninemire has 872 career victories after the two wins today ... As a team, the Bears have produced 43 hits and 30 RBI in their last three games.