March 17, 2007
Honolulu - The California Golden Bears earned a third place finish in the final day of the Bank of Hawai'i Invitational on Saturday with a 7-4 win over Nevada in the nightcap. Cal was edged by a score of 4-0 against Baylor in its earlier game of the day.
Cal (22-12) concludes its busy non-conference tournament schedule next week in the Women 4 Women Softball Invitational hosted by Louisville, Mar. 23-25.
In their evening tilt with the Wolfpack, the Bears jumped on the board in the first inning with a pair of runs to take a quick 2-0 lead. Christina Schallig started a two-out rally with an infield single, which was followed by a Gina Leomiti single. Bernice Masaniai then connected for the big her as her double down the left field line plated both Schallig and Leomiti.
Nevada responded with a run of its own to trim the Cal lead to 2-1 when Tyler Schaefer scored on a wild pitch.
After a scoreless second, the Bears generated two more runs in the top of the third inning to take a 4-1 lead. Alex Sutton led off the inning with a double to left-center field and advanced to third after Erika Racklin produced an infield single. After Racklin stole second base, Leomiti (two batters later after Schallig grounded out) singled to left field which allowed Sutton to score. Racklin would then score in on the same play after a fielding error was charged to the left fielder, Brittany Puzey.
Cal starting pitcher Marissa Drewrey was in command from that point on, surrendering just one hit over the next two innings, before the Wolfpack made a push in the bottom of the sixth with two runs. An Amada Nims RBI single coupled with another wild pitch that allowed Kelsey Starr to score, trimmed the lead to 4-3.
The Bears added extra security in the top of the seventh with three more runs to build a 7-3 lead. After a Racklin single and a Schallig double, Leomiti reached safely on a fielder's choice, allowing Racklin to score. Masaniai was clutch yet again when her double to left field plated Schallig. A Katie Vickers sacrifice fly to left field scored Leomiti.
Drewrey collected her ninth win in the circle after registering a career-best six strikeouts. Leomiti finished 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Masaniai also had three hits on the evening, while Racklin and Schallig both scored two runs.
Cal could not generate much offense as Baylor starting pitcher, Lisa Ferguson, limited the Bears to just four hits on the afternoon for her twelfth win of the year.
The Bears had a scoring chance in the first inning with Racklin on second with one out, but Vickers hit into a double play to end the scoring threat.
Cal starting pitcher Lauren Frankiewicz held Baylor in check thru the first three innings before the Bears posted a two-run third inning to take a 2-0 lead. Miriam Romero produced the inning's big hit as her two-out single up the middle scored two runs.
Baylor added a run in the sixth and another in the seventh to take a 4-0 lead.
Frankiewicz took the loss for Cal to fall to 9-5 on the season.