Feb. 24, 2007
PALM SPRINGS - The 16th-ranked California softball team dropped a pair of games to Ohio State (10-7) and No. 9 Oklahoma (11-3) at the Palm Springs Classic on Saturday.
The Bears (9-6) conclude the tournament tomorrow vs. Maryland at 11:00 a.m.
Cal fell in an early hole to the Buckeyes after giving up four runs in the first inning. Courtney Pruner's single off Cal starter, Lauren Frankiewicz scored Nycole Koyana to give OSU a 1-0 lead. Brittany LaRosa then relieved Frankiewicz and allowed the next three runs, giving Ohio State the 4-0 lead.
California responded immediately in the bottom of the inning with four runs of its own. Morgan Siegel drew a leadoff walk, which was followed by an Erika Racklin bunt single to move Siegel to second base. Christina Schallig proved clutch in her plate appearance as her double to right field plated Siegel and advanced Racklin to third base. Bernice Masaniai then reached safely on a fielding error which permitted Racklin to score, trimming the OSU lead to 4-2. Two batters later Alex Sutton produced a single thru the right side to plate both Schallig and pinch runner, Shannon Houston to knot the score at 4-4.
After a scoreless second inning, Ohio State put up another two runs in the top of the third courtesy of a Liz Caputo RBI single that scored Pruner, and a Koyano sacrifice fly to center that scored Jamee Juarez. Cal countered yet again in the bottom half of the stanza with two more runs to even the score at 6-6. After Schallig led off the inning with a single, Masaniai reached safely again on a fielding error. Schallig advanced to third base after a Katie Vickers groundout and scored on the next play after Sutton delivered a double to left field that also scored Masaniai.
Ohio State momentarily held a 7-6 lead when it tacked on another run in the top of the fourth inning courtesy of a Juarez RBI single that plated Christina Douglas.
The Bears answered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning when Schallig punched a single up the middle to score Siegel, who led off the inning with a single.
That was the last counter Cal could muster as Ohio State scored two runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth to preserve a 10-7 win.
Cal used three pitchers in the contest with the Buckeyes. LaRosa was credited with the loss, her second of the season. Schallig finished 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Sutton finished the game with four RBI. No. 9 Oklahoma snapped California's five-game win streak with an 11-3 victory over the Bears in their morning affair.
The Sooners opened the game with the first four batters in the lineup reaching base. Norrelle Dickson led off with a single through the left side of the field, but was thrown out by catcher Julie Meyer trying to steal second during Amber Spaulding's at bat (it was the first time this season Dickson has been caught stealing). OU quickly loaded the bases with an Amber Spaulding walk, an Amber Flores fielder's choice and a Samantha Ricketts walk. Mariee Mena's ground out scored Spaulding and OU took the initial 1-0 lead.
The Bears answered in the bottom of the frame as Cal led off with a walk (Siegel) followed by Racklin's fielder's choice which replaced Siegel at first. Racklin was moved over to second on Schalling's single to center. After a Masaniai fly ball to right field that advanced the Racklin advanced to third, Cal had runners at the corners. Sutton delivered the equalizer when her single to left field brought in Racklin and tied the score at 1-1.
The Sooners broke it open in the second with six runs on four hits to take a 7-1 lead. Savannah Long led off with a single to right center field and moved to third on Lindsey Vandever's ground-rule double that hopped over the right field fence. Traci Dickenson's fielder's choice brought Savannah across the plate as the Sooners took the lead back, 3-2. OU got another key hit from Flores when RBI double plated two more helping the Sooners extended their lead.
OU added four more runs over the next three innings, before Cal's Carly Winger pounded a solo home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the fifth for its second run of the game. Following a Siegel strikeout, pinch hitter Gina Leomiti pounded another home run, a solo shot over the right field fence to close the gap, 11-3. That was all the Bears could muster as the game was called after the fifth inning.
Marissa Drewrey suffered the loss to fall to 3-3 in the circle. Vickers finished the game 2-for-2 with an RBI.