SOFTBALL DROPS HOME GAME TO CAL
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Bernice Masaniai had a home run and three RBIs, and Lauren Frankiewicz and Marissa Drewrey combined on a five-hit shutout to lead Cal to a 9-0 victory over Sacramento State in a non-conference softball game Wednesday afternoon at Shea Stadium.
With the victory, Cal improved to 26-23. Today snapped a string of nine consecutive games in which the Bears had played a ranked team. Sacramento State dropped to 11-30 with the loss, and 4-6 at home.
The game remained scoreless through the first two innings before Cal struck for four runs in the third inning off Hornet starter Jennifer Fryou. The big blow in the inning came on a two-run homer from Masaniai (her seventh of the season) which gave Cal a 4-0 lead.
The Bears added three more in the sixth and two in the seventh, as eight of the nine Cal starters finished the game with at least one hit. That included Masaniai, Gina Leomiti and Taylor Kelly each finishing with two hits.
Sacramento State used three pitchers in the game, comprised of Fryou (3.0 innings), freshman Brittani Clifford (2.0 innings) and senior Michele Bochenski (2.0 innings). Clifford was the only Hornet pitcher not scored upon as she allowed no runs and two hits in 2.0 innings of relief.
The Hornets advanced a runner past second base just twice during the entire game (in the fourth and seventh innings), and failed to score on either of those opportunities. Junior Sherry Clark doubled in the fourth and later advanced to third on a wild pitch with one out, but did not score. Clark finished 1-for-2 with a walk and the double. The only time Clark was retired came in the second inning when it took Frankiewicz 15 pitches to strike her out.
Juniors Amy Tompkins and Hilary Johnson, and sophomores Kayla Meeks and Rachel Miles joined Clark as the five Hornets to finish with hits. Frankiewicz (13-11) picked up the win, allowing four hits while striking out seven over 5.0 innings. Drewrey allowed one hit and two walks over the final 2.0 innings in relief. Fryou (0-4) picked up the loss for Sacramento State.
Today concluded the Hornets’ seven-game homestand as the team returns to action this weekend for a four-game Pacific Coast Softball Conference series at Santa Clara. The Hornets and Broncos will play a doubleheader on both Saturday and Sunday at noon.