March 2, 2007
Las Vegas - After falling 2-1 in its morning tilt with Fresno State, California's offense woke up in its afternoon affair as the 18th-ranked Golden Bears toppled Delaware State, 14-6 (six innings) to earn a split in the opening day of the UNLV Tournament on Friday night.
Cal improved to 12-7 on the season, and continues tournament play tomorrow vs. DePaul at 9:00 a.m. and UNLV at 3:45 p.m.
In their night clash with the Hornets, Cal fell behind early, 1-0 in the top of the first inning, before responding with three runs (all with two outs) in the bottom half of the inning to take a 3-1 lead. Christina Schallig started the two-out rally with a double off of Delaware State starter, Meghan Walker. The Bears were able to knot the score at 1-1 after Katie Vickers reached safely on a throwing error by the second baseman, allowing Schallig to score. After Alex Sutton drew a walk, Gina Leomiti singled thru the right side to plate Vickers. Vernae Sevilla followed with a single thru the left side to score Sutton.
Aided by a key hit from Schallig, the Bears poured on four more runs in the second inning to take a commanding 7-1 lead. Morgan Siegel drew a one-out walk and quickly advanced to second after Erika Racklin connected for an infield single. Schallig then produced a single that squeaked thru the left side to clear the bases, putting Cal up by four runs. Vickers, whose double to left field plated Schallig, would later score after Leomiti's pop fly was dropped by the center fielder.
The Hornets however refused to go away quietly scoring a run in the third and fifth innings, before posting a three-run sixth inning to close the gap to 7-6.
Cal's brief scare didn't last long as the Bears notched a seven-run sixth to go up 14-6. Racklin led off the inning with a single and advanced to second base on a throwing error by the short stop. After Schallig was intentionally walked, Cal head coach Diane Ninemire called a successful double steal. Vickers then reached safely on a fielder's choice after Racklin scored on an error by the Delaware State catcher. Sutton followed with a single to plate Schallig and Leomiti's double eventually scored Sutton. Sevilla kept her hot bat after she punched a single up the middle which allowed Leomiti to score. Cal would add two more runs, as the inning was capped off by Racklin's RBI single which scored Jessica Moore.
The Bears pounded out 15 hits against Delaware State, as Racklin finished 3-for-5 with two runs, an RBI, and two stolen bases. Schallig went 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBI, while Leomiti went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI.
Fresno State scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to edge California, 2-1 in the first game of the tournament.
The Bears broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third inning when Taylor Kelly delivered an RBI double to right field which scored Sevilla, who drew a leadoff walk, from second base, giving Cal a 1-0 lead.
Cal'a starting pitcher, Frankiewicz, kept the Bulldog offense quiet in the third, fourth, and fifth innings all the way until the sixth before Fresno State's Nichole Willis doubled to right field scored Haley Perkins to knot the score at 1-1. Lisamarie Coronado followed with a single thru the middle to plate Willis, giving FSU the 2-1 lead.
California had one last chance to tie the score in the top of the seventh, but Sutton was left stranded on second base ending a possible rally.
Frankiewicz (3-2) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on five hits with five strikeouts in six innings of work. Cal managed just two hits off Fresno State starter, Robin Macklin.