March 14, 2007
Honolulu - The California Golden Bears pounded out a season-high 18 hits, and got home runs from Alex Sutton, Bernice Masaniai, and Julie Meyer to defeat the tenth-ranked Baylor Bears, 10-6, before dropping a 6-2 decision to Hawai'i in the late game, in the opening day at the Bank of Hawai'i Invitational on Wednesday.
Cal (19-11) plays a single game vs. Liberty on Thursday at 5:00 p.m.
The No. 23 Rainbow Wahine pulled away from Cal in the late game on Wednesday (game time was 9:00 p.m. PST).
The Rainbow Wahine scored first, posting a single run in the bottom of the third. Tyleen Tausaga led the game off with a double to the right field corner. Kate Robinson then reached on a fielding error by the Cal shortstop. Hawai`i then loaded the bases when the Cal second baseman, Vernae Sevilla, committed their second error of the game. But Cal starting pitcher, Marissa Drewrey, settled down and retired the next three batters to escape unscathed.
In the next half inning, Cal catapulted into the lead, 2-1, courtesy of a two-run home run to right center by Sutton (her second of the day and seventh of the season). The home run drove in Sevilla who had reached on a single. It was the first home run that Robinson gave up this year.
But in the bottom of the inning, UH see-sawed back into lead on a two-out rally. Tanisha Milca led the inning off by getting hit by a pitch. After Cal induced two quick ground outs, Tausaga then beat out the throw on an infield single to short, which placed runners at the corners. Robinson then stepped to plate and with a 2-2 count, connected for a three-run home run over the left field fence to push Hawai`i back in front, 4-2 after four complete innings.
Drewrey went the distance for the Bears in the loss. She gave up six runs on eight hits with a walk and four strike outs.
Cal got off to a great start in the tournament with the upset win over Baylor. Erika Racklin sizzled for Cal, going 3-for-5 with five runs scored. Racklin has now scored 13 runs in her last five games. Christina Schallig produced another solid outing at the plate as well, going 4-for-5 with a run scored.
Lauren Frankiewicz picked up the win to improve to 8-4 on the season after allowing three runs on four hits in seven innings of work. Drewrey pitched to one batter in the seventh and recorded her first save of the season.
Cal jumped out to an early lead in the first with a single run in the top of the inning when Racklin, who reached on a fielder's choice, scored on a wild pitch to give the Golden Bears a 1-0 lead.
The Bears would extend the lead to three in the third as Katie Vickers delivered a two-run single up the middle, plating both Sutton and Racklin to push the lead to 3-0. Vickers was credited with just one RBI as Racklin advanced to third base on the single, before scoring on a fielding error by the center fielder.
After Baylor was unable to score in the bottom of the inning, Cal built a seven-run cushion with four more runs in the fourth. Meyer led off the inning with a solo home run (her third of the year), before Sutton's solo blast with one out made the score 5-0. Gina Leomiti and Masaniai then delivered back-to-back RBI singles (Racklin and Schallig scored) to build a sizeable 7-0 advantage.
Baylor managed to cut the lead to five in the bottom of the inning as Ashley Monceaux delivered a two-run home run to right field, scoring Nicole Wesley from first, to make the score 7-2.
Despite trailing by seven with two outs in the bottom of the seventh after Cal scored an unearned run in the top of the inning to make the score 10-3, Baylor would mount a two-out rally to put the tying run at the plate. Tiffany Wesley got the rally as she delivered a two-run single down the right field line to cut the lead to five.
When Brette Reagan delivered a bases loaded single to cut the lead to four in the bottom of the seventh, Baylor brought up the tying run to the plate. However, Drewrey managed to coax a ground out to end the game as Cal picked up the 10-6 win to improve to 6-1 all-time against the Lady Bears.
Lisa Ferguson took the loss for Baylor and fell to 10-4 on the season after allowing four earned runs and eight hits in 3.1 innings of work.