California Blanks Kansas in Season-Opener; Downs SDSU in Game Two
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  02/09/2007

Feb. 9, 2007

Box Score (Gm 1) |  Box Score (Gm 2)

SAN DIEGO - Led by solid pitching in the circle and key hitting at the plate, the No. 10-ranked California Golden Bear softball team opened its 2007 campaign with a pair of commanding wins over San Diego State (6-1) and Kansas (8-0) at the Campbell-Cartier Classic hosted by SDSU on Friday evening. The Cal-KU game was called after the fifth inning because of the tournament mercy rule.

Cal (2-0) concludes the tournament tomorrow vs. UMass at 11:30 a.m. and UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m.

Just like earlier in the day, Cal instantly seized momentum by scoring three runs (on three errors) in the top of the first inning of game two versus the host Aztecs.

Sophomore Morgan Siegel was issued a walk to start the game and eventually advanced to second base courtesy of Erika Racklin's sacrifice bunt. Senior Alex Sutton followed and reached base on a fielding error by SDSU short stop, Monica Alnes, which allowed Siegel to safely advance to third. Another fielding error by the Aztecs ensued when freshman Bernice Masaniai reached base on a fielder's choice, enabling Siegel to score to put the Bears up 1-0. Cal capitalized on yet another infield mistake by the Aztecs to make the score 2-0 (Sutton scored), before a Katie Vickers single up the middle plated Masaniai to make it 3-0.

California tacked on another run in the top of the third inning when junior Julie Meyer connected for a double into right field to score freshman Vernae Sevilla.

Mistakes continued to plague San Diego State in the top of the fifth inning when freshman Shannon Houston stole third base and continued to home on a throwing error to increase the lead to 5-0.

That was all sophomore pitcher Lauren Frankiewicz needed as she allowed just one run on six hits and five strikeouts. SDSU (1-2) did manage to score a late run in the bottom of the sixth inning on an Erin Floros solo home run. Freshman Christina Schallig went 3-for-4 with a run scored, while Siegel had two hits and a run scored. The Aztecs committed six errors in the contest.

In the afternoon affair with Kansas, freshman pitcher Brittany LaRosa nearly had a no-hitter in her first collegiate game, allowing just two hits and a strikeout in five innings of work. In fact KU (1-1) did not get their first hit until the fourth inning. Meanwhile sophomore Gina Leomiti finished the afternoon 1-for-1 with three RBI. Sevilla produced two hits and Siegel scored two runs. The Bears pounded out 10 hits as a team.

"We're real excited about this win (over Kansas)," said head coach Diane Ninemire. "We scored eight runs and received contributions from everybody today. I'm especially pleased with the fact that we did not commit an error. We certainly played tough defense tonight."

Cal (1-0) jumped on the board quickly in the first inning when Masaniai's RBI single to left field scored Siegel who led off the inning with a single up the middle.

The Bears padded their lead with a three-run second inning courtesy of a Leomiti two-out double that scored Siegel, freshman Taylor Kelly and Sevilla.

Vickers' single in the third inning allowed Schallig, who was issued a walk, to score, before Vickers herself scored on an error by KU second baseman Sara Ramirez.

Cal manufactured two more runs in the fifth inning when Meyer connected for a double to left center filed to plate the pinch runner Houston who replaced Sevilla, after Sevilla had hit a single down the left field line. Once on base Houston was able to steal second. Kelly then followed with a single up the middle allowing Meyer to score.

The Bears have not lost a season-opener since 1996 and improved to 9-1 all-time vs. the Jayhawks.