May 18, 2007
Tuscaloosa, Ala. - The California Golden Bears set a program record for the most runs scored in postseason history with their 13-6 win over the Florida State Seminoles in the opening game of the Tuscaloosa Regional hosted by Alabama on Friday night. Cal will advance to face the winner of the Alabama-Tennessee Tech contest tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. (CT) live on ESPN2.
Cal scored nine runs against BYU in 2005 in the Fresno Regional and nine runs against Michigan in the Ann Arbor Regional in 2003. The ten runs in the third stanza were the most by Cal for an inning this season.
The Bears improved their record to 34-30, while the Seminoles fell to 44-24. FSU will take on the loser of the Alabama-Tennessee Tech game tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. (CT). Cal has now won nine of its last 10 opening regional games since 1998.
Cal also improved to 5-1 all-time over FSU in postseason competition and 11-1 overall since 1991.
The Bears also broke two other records in the seven-run victory at the Alabama Softball Complex - most runs in a season (320) and most RBI in a season (276).
Gina Leomiti helped ignite the Cal offense in the third when her single to right field plated Taylor Kelly, who drew a lead off walk to start the inning. Bernice Masaniai then followed with a two-run single to center field which scored both Christina Schallig and Alex Sutton, giving the Bears a 3-0 advantage. After a Seminole pitching change, Katie Vickers punched a double down the left field line to plate both Leomiti and Masaniai. Vernae Sevilla reached safely on a fielder's choice, before Julie Meyer squeaked a single thru the left side to score Vickers. After another pitching change and two batters, Sutton produced a sacrifice fly to left to plate Sevilla. After an infield miscue allowed Meyer to score, Christina Schallig notched a single thru the left side to score Racklin and Kelly.
Florida State tallied three runs off of Cal starter Lauren Frankiewicz in the bottom of the fourth, before Cal added another run in the top of the fifth to go up by a count of 11-3.
Leomiti connected for her fifth home run of the season (a two-run shot) in the top of the seventh.
Sutton notched two hits on the evening and scored two runs, while Meyer connected for three hits on four plate appearances. Leomiti finished 4-for-5 with four RBI and two runs. Everyone in the Cal line up scored at least one run.