Feb. 15, 1998
After three straight rain-outs, California finally opened its softball season, as the seventh-ranked Bears swept a doubleheader from visiting Sacramento State, 8-0 and 3-0, Sunday at Strawberry Field.
In the first game, Cal (2-0) banged out 13 hits, including three home runs, to back the one-hit pitching of senior left-hander Whitney Floyd. The Bears scored once in the first inning on a home run by second baseman Lisa Iancin, and again in the second inning on an RBI single by center fielder Maiko Bristow.
In the third inning, designated player Holly Yost hit an RBI double to center field and shortstop Katie May followed with a run-scoring single. A throwing error by Sac State reliever Maria Ackert brought home the final run of the inning.
The Bears used their power to clinch the game with May socking a two-run homer in the fifth and catcher Megumi Takasaki hitting a solo blast in the sixth. The game was called after six innings due to the eight run rule.
Floyd, pitching for the first time since early last season when she went out with a knee injury, allowed just one single and struck out three.
In the second game, freshman pitcher Nicole DiSalvio completed the first game of her Cal career with a five hitter.
The Bears put up single runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings, beginning with an RBI single by Yost in the third. After an unearned run crossed the plate in the fifth, Cal added an insurance run in the sixth on doubles by May and Takasaki.
Softball Doubleheader at Strawberry Field Berkeley, CA Game 1 R H E Sacramento State 000 000 -- 0 1 2 California 113 021 -- 8 13 1 Barker, Ackert (4) and O'Leary. Floyd and Takasaki. W -- Floyd (1-0). L -- Barker (1-0). HR -- Takasaki (C), Iancin (C), May (C). Game 2 R H E Sacramento State 000 000 0 -- 0 5 1 California 001 011 X -- 3 5 1 Lovato (0-1) and O'Leary. DiSalvio (1-0) and Takasaki. Records California 2-0 Sac State 0-2