CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. -- One day after upsetting 18th-ranked Oregon State, the Winthrop softball team dropped its first game of the season on Saturday evening against the California Bears, 5-1.
The loss dropped the Lady Eagles' record to 2-1 on the year, while the Bears improved to 2-1.
California struck first in the top of the second as it drove in three runs off of starting pitcher Cari Wooldridge (1-1). All three California runs came off the bat of Valerie Arioto as she tripled to drive in Taylor Kelly, Sanoe Kehahuna and Katie Vickers.
The Bears would then strike in the top of the fourth as Arioto had an RBI single that drove in Kekahuna. California scored its final run in the top of the sixth inning as Kekahuna homered off of Izzy Trottier, who came in to pitch in place of Wooldridge.
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Winthrop managed only one run against the Bears, which came in the bottom of the third as Pearl Coleshill scored on a fielding error. Coleshill singled to get the inning started for the Lady Eagles and would advance to third on a single by Lisa Kingsmore.
Wooldridge pitched 1.2 innings against the Bears, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out one. Trottier would replace Wooldridge in the top of the third and pitched 5.1 innings, giving up two runs on six hits and striking out three.
Marissa Drewrey (1-0) picked up the victory for the Bears as she pitched a complete game, giving up seven hits and striking out 14 Eagles on the night.
Late Friday, the Eagle softball team started off the season with a bang as it celebrated wins over Cal State Northridge and 18th-ranked Oregon State.
Winthrop opened the day with an 8-4 win over Cal State Northridge and turned out an even more impressive victory by defeating Oregon State 4-1.
The Eagles received outstanding pitching performances by sophomores Megan Evans and Wooldridge. Evans kept the Oregon State bats in check as she threw a complete game, allowing just one run. Wooldridge allowed three earned runs on two hits with two walks and four strikeouts in seven innings.
"Megan pitched a tremendous game," said Winthrop coach Mark Cooke. "We played a very solid ball game (to beat Oregon State). In the first game, Cari also had a solid game against Cal State Northridge. She was in really good shape out there except for one inning. But she battled through it and shut them down the rest of the way."
Mallory Hogan and Lenny Stoddart each had a hit and two RBIs. Stoddart supplied a two-out single to center to cap off a five-run second inning. Hogan drilled a two-run double in the sixth inning to add some insurance. Lauren Levin had two hits in her first collegiate game.