March 13, 1998
SUNNYVALE -- Pitchers Whitney Floyd and Holly Yost combined on a four-hitter to lead 22nd-ranked California to a 2-1 victory over Creighton in the first game of the National Invitational Softball Tournament Friday.
Creighton (7-3) broke out with a run in the top of the first inning, scoring a runner from third base on an infield hit.
The Bears (10-9), though, scored twice in the bottom of the third inning to take the lead. Shortstop Paige Bowie led off with an infield hit, and catcher Pauline Duenas was hit by a pitch. A wild pitch moved both runners up a base, and designated player Megumi Takasaki followed with a sacrifice fly. Center fielder Amber Phillips then brought home what proved to be the game-winning run with a triple to center field. Floyd, who improved to 5-5, tossed the first four innings, allowing just two hits and striking out five. Yost tossed the final three innings to pick up her first save, getting the final out on a line drive to left field with the tying run on third base.
Cal continues pool play in the 15-team tournament Saturday morning against Akron and Santa Clara. The NIST runs through Sunday at the Twin Creeks Softball Complex