May 16, 2009
2009 NCAA SOFTBALL TALLAHASSEE REGIONAL
California 2 (37-18)
Oklahoma State 0 (35-21)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Cal’s Marissa Drewery pitched a two-hit shutout to lead the Bears to a 2-0 victory over Oklahoma State (35-21) in a winners’ bracket game Saturday at the 2009 NCAA Softball Tallahassee Regional at JoAnne Graf Field. Drewery faced five batters over the minimum, struck out seven and did not allow a runner past second base in earning her second win of the regional championship. Drewery picked up a complete game victory over Mississippi State on Friday and has now thrown 12 consecutive scoreless innings since allowing two runs in the second inning of Friday’s game.
Cal (37-18) will play in Sunday’s regional championship game at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. The three other teams in the regional – top seeded Florida State, Mississippi State and Oklahoma State – will all play in elimination games on Saturday to determine Cal’s opponent in the championship round.
Cal scored all the runs it would need in the top of the first inning as its first two batters scored to give the Bears a 2-0 lead. Cal’s first four batters reached base and two of them scored. Jamia Reid and Shannon Thomas began the game with singles and Valerie Arioto walked to load the bases. Gina Leomiti walked to force Reid home and Thomas scored on a walk to Taylor Kelly.
The Bears offense continued to pressure Oklahoma State as they loaded the bases in three of the first four innings. Cal recorded six hits and earned four walks while Oklahoma State’s defense recorded four defensive putouts at home plate in the first three innings.
Meanwhile, Drewery was achieving success in the circle. She retired the first nine Oklahoma State batters and faced the minimum number of hitters through the first five innings. Her only blemish in the first five innings was when she hit Cal’s Mariah Gearhart to begin the fourth inning. Gearhart, though, was erased immediately when she was doubled off of first base after a fly out to center field by Katelyn Bright.
Drewery allowed her first hit to Oklahoma State’s Taylor Marcum to begin the Cowgirl sixth inning. She retired the next three batters and Marcum was stranded on second base to end the inning. Drewery allowed one hit and stranded two Cowgirl base runners in the seventh inning to end the game.
Oklahoma State’s starting pitcher Sarah Odom pitched the first 3.2 innings and allowed two runs on six hits. She was relived by Anna Whiddon who allowed zero runs on one hit and struck out four in 3.1 innings pitched.
Oklahoma State Head Coach Rich Wieligman
On California’s pitcher:
“I think she did a great job today. I think she was doing a good job of making some spots up and keeping us off balance. We just never could get on her. We got a couple hits but we got them on, we couldn’t get them in today. I think with our pitchers we did the same thing.”
On getting ready for the game tonight:
“It’s just a matter of them getting in the right frame of mind now. Just saying, hey, we want to play tomorrow so we’ve got to get ready to play this next game and start getting in a positive mode. We’ll swing a little bit better, get some timely hits and we can do it.”
California Head Coach Diane Ninemire:
On today’s game:
“We talked about that yesterday, about trying to come out and really set the tone that we’re here to play. I was very pleased about getting the bases loaded and had that opportunity. We were fortunate that their first pitcher walked a couple of our girls in. I thought we could have taken more advantage of the opportunity. I thought we could have scored more runs but it wasn’t meant to be. Overall today two runs was enough because Marissa (Drewery) was pitching so well and keeping their batters off balance and completely in control of the game. It was nice to see her performance today. Our defense was very good today. I know we only won 2-0 but we played hard and with all the time delays and adversity that we faced there I thought our team kept their focus very well today.”
California Pitcher Marissa Drewery:
On her performance:
“I try not to think about it all game (getting a no-hitter), no one says anything, try not to jinx me, too. I just keep staying positive and keep trying to hit my spots.”