Cal Wins First in Two Game Series

Julie Meyer tripled home two runs to back the pitching of Marissa Drewrey and lead the Bears to a 7-1 win over the Huskies in the first of the two game series at Husky Softball Stadium.

Husky starter Caitlin Noble got off to a fast start in the circle, striking out the first four batters she faced and throwing strikes on 13 of 18 pitches, but pitched herself into trouble in the second when she walked Masaniai and Vernae Sevilla. Meyer then drove a 3-2 pitch over the head of center fielder Alyson McWherter and off the wall to score two runs and give the Bears a lead they would never relinquish.

Masaniai gave the Bears a 3-0 lead when she led off the fourth with her 10th home run of the season, a line shot over the wall in left center.

The Huskies scored their only run in the bottom of the fifth to make it 3-1. Ashley Charters led off with her third single of the game into right field and stole second, her third steal of the game and team leading 30th of the season. She moved to third on a ground out by Koziol. After Lastrapes fouled out to left field Tyson walked. With Greer at the plate and the count 2-2, Drewrey uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Charters to score. The Huskies could possibly have had a bigger inning but Meyer threw Tyson out attempting to advance from first to third on the wild pitch.

California broke the game open and took a 5-1 lead in the sixth with two runs. Leomiti led off with a double into the right field corner. Tarr brought Lawrie in to relieve Noble and she walked Masaniai. Catcher Alicia Matthews then committed a throwing error attempting to pick pinch runner Shannon Houston off second, and both runners advanced. Vernae Sevilla then singled to center to score Houston and Masaniai. On the play McWherter tried to throw out Masaniai at the plate, but she bowled over Matthews to score.

The Bears scored two more runs in the seventh, benefiting from an extra out. With one out Racklin grounded to Moojen at third for what should have been the second out, but she threw the ball over the head of Tyson, allowing Racklin to reach safely. Schallig grounded out to Tyson for the second out, but then Leomiti lined an 0-2 pitch from Lawrie over the wall in left center for her fourth homer of the season.

In the circle Drewrey got the win for the Bears to improve to 11-5. She gave up one run on five hits and five walks in five innings. She struck out three. Frankiewicz pitched the final two innings, allowing two hits while striking out three. For the Huskies Noble took the loss to drop to 11-5. She yielded four runs, all earned, on five hits and two walks in five innings. She struck out six.

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