March 3, 2007
Las Vegas - Thanks to the efforts of Erika Racklin and Morgan Siegel, the No. 18 California Golden Bears defeated UNLV, 5-4 to earn another split in the second day of the UNLV Invitational on Saturday evening. The Bears fell to DePaul, 2-1 in their morning contest.
California (13-8) concludes tournament play tomorrow with a single game vs. Nebraska at 1:30 p.m.
Cal jumped on the board in the third inning behind the speed of Racklin and Siegel. After Siegel drew a lead off walk, Racklin placed a bunt single to advance Siegel to second. Both Siegel and Racklin successfully converted a double steal, which further resulted in Siegel scoring after a throwing error by the catcher (Racklin moved to third on the error as well). Christina Schallig followed with a single up the middle to plate Racklin, giving the Bears a 2-0 lead.
The Bears relied on Siegel and Racklin again in the fourth inning as they produced Cal's next two runs. After Siegel reached on a fielder's choice and Racklin's bunt single, Schallig punched a drive to right field that was misplayed by Jenn Newman allowing both Siegel and Racklin to score.
UNLV dipped into the Cal lead with a pair of runs in the fifth inning to trim the lead to 4-2.
Cal scored its fifth and most crucial run in the top of the seventh, courtesy of an Alex Sutton single thru the left side which scored Schallig. UNLV staged one last surge in the bottom half of the inning when Jaci Hull's triple to right field plated two runs to cut the lead to 5-4. Lauren Frankiewicz held strong though and got Brittany Meade to strikeout to end the game.
Brittany LaRosa, who got the starting nod in the circle, was spectacular allowing one hit (which came in the fourth inning) with a strikeout. Frankiewicz relieved LaRosa in the fourth and picked up the win after allowing four runs and striking out seven.
Siegel and Racklin combined for four runs, two hits, and two stolen bases, while Schallig went 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored.
Jessica Evan's seventh inning RBI double to left field was the difference as DePaul handed Cal a 2-1 loss in the first game of the day.
Cal's offense could not seem to get in sync, mustering just one hit versus Blue Demons starting pitcher Tracie Adix.
The Bears actually grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after Schallig's infield groundout to the short stop scored Siegel, who led off the inning with a walk.
DePaul answered right back to tie the score in the second inning after Linda Secka's single up the middle scored Sheaks.
California's starting pitcher, Frankiewicz, pitched a scoreless third thru sixth innings, before the seventh inning hiccup. After Sheaks drew a lead-off walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch, Evans connected for a double to left field to plate Sheaks and give DePaul the win.
Carly Winger had the lone hit for the Golden Bears.