May 19, 2007
Tuscaloosa, Ala. - The 2007 postseason run came to an end for the California Golden Bears after their 13-1 loss to 11th-seeded and regional host, Alabama on Saturday night from the Alabama Softball Complex. Cal lost earlier in the day to Tennessee Tech, 3-1, in the double-elimination format. Cal concludes its season at 34-32.
Alex Sutton, the lone senior on the squad, put the Bears on the scoreboard first after her solo home run (12th of the season) cleared the left field wall in the bottom of the first inning. Sutton finished her career with 111 runs, 112 RBI and 16 home runs in 244 games in a Cal uniform. Sutton will depart for New England where she will play for the Riptide in the National Fastpitch League which begins in June.
The Crimson Tide evened the score at 1-1 after Ashley Holcombe produced an RBI single to plate pinch runner Mallory Benak in the top of the second.
Kelly Montalvo's two-run single gave Alabama a 3-1 lead, before Mandy Burford's RBI single thru the left side pushed the Crimson Tide's lead to 4-1 in the top of the third.
The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles continued to surprise fans at Tuscaloosa Regional after their 3-1 win over Cal in the morning affair. TTU, who remains in the winner's bracket, faces Alabama tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. (CT). Tennessee Tech defeated Alabama, 4-2 on Friday.
Tennessee Tech wasted little time in generating its first two runs of the game in the first inning. After Beth Boden drew a lead off walk, Katie Speiser connected for a home run over the left field wall to put the Golden Eagles up 2-0.
Cal responded in the top of the third when Julie Meyer belted a solo home run over the center field wall, trimming the TTU lead to 2-1.
The Bears had one of their best scoring opportunities in the fourth inning when Gina Leomiti and Bernice Masaniai produced back-to-back singles to start the stanza. Despite a Katie Vickers sacrifice bunt which moved the runners to second and third, Golden Eagle pitcher Bonnie Bynum got Vernae Sevilla and Meyer to strikeout to end the scoring threat.
Tennessee Tech added another run in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly to left field.