No. 22 Cal Splits in Wild First Day at the NIST
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  03/09/2007

March 9, 2007

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Sunnyvale - Sophomore Lauren Frankiewicz gave up just one run and struck out seven to lead the 22nd-ranked California Golden Bears to a 4-1 win over Iowa in the opening day of the NIST, hosted by San Jose State. The Bears, however, fell in an offensive shootout, 12-11, to UConn in the nightcap.

Cal (15-10) returns to action tomorrow vs. Eastern Illinois at 10:00 a.m., followed by Iowa State at 12:30 p.m.

In the latter game of the evening, Connecticut jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning after Allie Gendron reached safely on an error by second baseman, Vernae Sevilla, which then allowed Micah Traux to score from third base. Two batters later Holly Calcagno hit a single to plate Gendron from third base.

The Huskies built a 4-0 lead in the top of the second when Traux connected for a two-run home run which also brought home Meghan Tierney.

Cal was able to cut the deficit in half after posting two runs in the bottom half of the second. Shannon Houston was inserted as a pinch runner after Sevilla led off with a single to right field. A Taylor Kelly single moved Houston to second, before Carly Winger's fielder's choice advanced Houston to third. Two batters later, Jessica Moore connected for a single to right field to plate Houston. Christina Schallig followed with a single to score Winger, making the score 4-2, UConn.

The Bears continued to chip away at the Husky lead after holding them scoreless in the top half of the third. Cal added a run in the third when Houston punched a single to plate Gina Leomiti, who led off the inning with a single.

After a scoreless fourth, UConn returned with three runs in the fifth to take a 7-3 lead.

Cal rallied once again in the bottom half of the inning with three runs of its own, trimming the deficit to 7-6. Kelly notched a single to center field to plate Bernice Massaniai, who led off the inning with a double, before Alex Sutton delivered a two-run home run that sailed over the right field wall. It was the fourth home run of the season for Sutton.

Connecticut kept its hot bat with three more runs in the sixth. Consecutive singles by Calcagno and Danielle Del Ponte helped boost the UConn lead to 10-6.

The Bears, however, answered right back in the bottom of the sixth with another three runs. Leomiti was aggressive on the base pads when she drew a lead off walk, moved to second on a passed ball, before ending up on third on a wild pitch. After Masaniai was walked, Kelly connected for a single to plate both Leomiti and Masaniai. A Sutton sacrifice fly to right field eventually scored Houston, trimming the lead to 10-9.

The Huskies secured a 12-9 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh, before Cal staged one last rally in the bottom of the inning. Leomiti began the two-out rally with a walk, which was followed by a Masaniai single to left field. Kelly was clutch again with another single to right field to plate both Masaniai and Leomiti, cutting the lead to 12-11. But Rachael Crossin got Winger to strikeout for the final out of the game, ending the dramatic rally for Cal.

Kelly finished 4-for-5 with five RBI, while Leomiti and Masaniai both scored three runs each. Brittany LaRosa suffered the loss to fall to 4-3 on the season.

In its afternoon affair with Iowa, the Hawkeyes had a chance to take an early lead in the second inning with runners on second and third with two outs. Frankiewicz, however, got out of the jam when she got Lindsey Diggman to fly out to Cal third baseman, Katie Vickers.

Cal managed to take advantage of its scoring opportunities in the bottom half of the second when Carly Winger connected for a two-out single that scored Julie Meyer, who drew a walk, giving the Bears a 1-0 lead.

Iowa tied the score at 1-1 in the third inning after Emily Nichols connected for a solo shot over the left field wall.

The Bears did not let the score remain tied for long, posting a two-run third inning to take a 3-1 advantage. Erika Racklin reached safely after an error by the pitcher, advanced to second base after Vickers notched a single to left field, before successfully stealing third base. Leomiti reached on a fielder's choice allowing Racklin to score. Sevilla then picked up Vickers with her single to right field.

Frankiewicz held the Hawkeyes at bay in the top half of the fourth and fifth innings and received more run support from her teammates in the bottom of the fifth. Jessica Moore was inserted as a pinch hitter for Meyer and delivered a single to center field to plate Shannon Houston, who pinch ran for Leomiti.

Frankiewicz allowed just two more hits the rest of the way to collect her fifth win of the season.