TUSCALOOSA The Cal Golden Bears defeated Florida State 13-6 in the opening game of the NCAA Softball Championships Tuscaloosa Regional.
Cal scored 10 runs in the top of the third inning to take what proved to be an insurmountable lead. It was the most Cal has scored in a single inning this season. FSU didn’t go away quietly though, scoring three in the bottom of the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the second. Cal didn’t let up though, scoring three more runs over the last three innings.
“I thought that was a fantastic game we played today,” Cal head coach Diane Ninemire said. “It was a great team in Florida State. I give Florida State a lot of credit because they never gave in and kept fighting back. Our team did a really great job of scoring runs after runs and keeping the pressure on them. I was really proud of the effort of our pitching staff today as well as the effort of our hitting team today. We did a really good job.”
The Bear’s Lauren Frankiewicz picked up the win, going to 18-5 on the season while FSU’s Tiffany McDonald took the loss, falling to 17-16. Cal’s offensive explosion was led by Gina Leomiti who had four hits in five at-bats.
Cal returns to action Saturday morning at 11 a.m. on espn2 against the winner of tonight’s Alabama-Tennessee Tech game. Florida State faces the loser of tonight’s contest in an elimination game at 1:30 p.m.