April 6, 2007
Berkeley - The tenth-ranked Stanford Cardinal spoiled California's Pac-10 home opener with an 8-6 win over the Golden Bears on Friday evening in Levine-Fricke Field.
Cal (24-20, 1-4) concludes its three-game series with the Cardinal (27-8, 3-2) tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at home. Cal defeated Stanford on Thursday night in Stanford. This was the first home loss for the Bears this season (5-1).
Stanford grabbed the early momentum of the contest when it posted two runs off of Cal starting pitcher Marissa Drewrey in the top of the first inning Rosey Neill had the clutch hit in the frame when her double plated both Shannon Klopitz and Alissa Haber, giving the Cardinal a quick 2-0 lead. Both Klopitz and Haber drew walks in their respective at bats.
Cal stormed right back in the bottom half of the inning to take a 4-2 lead courtesy of a Katie Vickers grand slam off of Stanford starting pitcher Missy Penna. Alex Sutton reached on an error by the Cardinal short stop Klopitz, and advanced to second courtesy of an Erika Racklin sacrifice bunt. After Christina Schallig struck out swinging, Gina Leomiti drew a walk, which was followed by Bernice Masaniai's single to left field to load the bases. Then Vickers drove Penna's offering over the center field wall to give the Bears the upper hand. It was Vickers' third home run of the season and second career grand slam. Vickers had three home runs last season.
The Cardinal, however, regained the lead, 5-4, after a three-run second inning. Haber was involved once again, this time with her bat as her triple to left field scored Jackie Reinhart and Tricia Aggabao to knot the score at 4-4. Koplitz later produced a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Haber, putting Stanford back on top.
Stanford held Cal in check over the next four innings, while adding three more runs during that stretch to take an 8-4 lead into the sixth inning.
The Bears had some fight left in them, generating two runs in the bottom of the sixth, thanks to Vernae Sevilla's two-out, two-run home over the center field wall (Leomiti scored as well) to trim the lead to 8-6.
Cal nearly tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with runners (Sutton and Racklin) on second and third with two outs. However, Cardinal first baseman Erin Howe jumped up and snared a hard line drive hit by Leomiti to end the game.
The Bears used three pitchers in the affair, with Brittany LaRosa taking the loss to fall to 4-7 on the season. Penna collected the win to improve to 19-3 on the year.