Feb. 17, 2007
LAS VEGAS - The California softball team fell to No. 8-ranked Northwestern, 10-1 (six innings) and Colorado State, 2-0 in the second day of the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic hosted by UNLV on Saturday afternoon. Cal was unable again to jumpstart its offense, managing just three hits on the day.
Cal (4-4) concludes tournament play tomorrow vs. Florida International at 11:30 a.m. and Utah State at 1:30 p.m.
In their afternoon game vs. Northwestern, Wildcat pitcher Eileen Canney didn't allow a hit and the lone run given up in the fourth inning was unearned.
Northwestern (5-3) manufactured its first run in the first inning when Tammy Williams singled thru the left side to plate Katie Logan, giving the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.
Northwestern tacked on three more runs in the bottom the second, with the big hit coming from Williams, who connected for and RBI double that plated two runs.
The Bears rallied in the fourth inning by scoring a run without a hit when Bernice Masaniai, who was hit by a pitch, advanced to second base on a wild pitch and to third on a passed ball. Masaniai then advanced to home plate on a fielder's choice, trimming the deficit to 4-1. Cal had another scoring chance later in the inning with runners on first and second with one out, but again could not find the key hit to cut into the NU lead.
The Wildcats continued to add to their lead with two runs each in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Marissa Drewrey took the loss allowing six runs on seven hits with a strikeout.
Cal struggled in its morning affair with Colorado State (4-5), producing just three hits. Sophomore Lauren Frankiewicz suffered the loss in the circle despite recording a season-high eight strikeouts. She allowed the two runs on six hits in seven innings of work.
Frankiewicz nearly got out of a jam in the sixth inning with two outs and the bases loaded. However, Sarah Sullivan's single up the middle scored two runs and proved to be the difference.
The Bears tried to rally in the bottom of the seven inning when freshman Christina Schallig led off with a single thru the left side, but after Schallig was out at second base on fielder's choice, Colorado State pitcher, Kim Klabough got Katie Vickers and Gina Leomiti to both fly out to end the game.
Notes... Cal has lost three games in-a-row for the first time since the 2004 season ... sophomore pitcher Lauren Frankiewicz has recorded 15 strikeouts in her last two starts ... Northwestern has now won two straight meetings over the Bears