March 28, 2005
San Jose, CA - In their first doubleheader series of a week long California trip, the Bears (1-3) split a game a piece with San Jose State, winning the first game 3-2, but dropping the second 7-3. Senior co-captain Uchenna Omokaro (Hercules, CA) held the Spartan's bats to only three hits in ten innings pitched, including a two hit first game in which Omokaro fanned nine batters in seven innings of play.
Behind Omokaro on the mound the Bears got their bats going in the first game getting three runs on seven hits. Brown struck first in the third inning when lead-off batter junior Rachel Fleitell (Nutley, NJ) reached first on a Spartan error. Next batter Omokaro, laid down a sacrfice bunt moving Fleitell in scoring position. Sophomore Courtney Jenkins (Piedmont, CA) brought in Fleitell on a double to left center, giving Brown a 1-0 lead at the end of three. Omokaro was solid in the bottom half of the inning, getting a 1-2-3 inning striking out two of nine total in the third frame.
Striking again in the following inning, the Bears padded their lead to two runs when freshman Amy Baxter (Hollister, CA) scored off a double from the bat of freshman Natalie Hewitt (Richmond, TX) giving Brown a 2-0 lead. Baxter hit a lead-off single and put herself in scoring position when she stole second base.
The Bears recorded what proved to be the winning run in the top of the fifth inning when Omokaro had a lead-off single and was moved to second when junior Mary Seid (Spring Valley, CA) put the ball in play and reached first on a San Jose error. Junior Jamie Wirkowski (Edison, NJ) put down a sacrifice bunt to move Omokaro to third with one out. Omokaro crossed the plate when the following batter Jenkins had a sacrifice fly to centerfield giving the Bears a 3-0 lead. The Spartans recorded their first hit at the bottom half of the fifth inning on a single to right field with two outs.
The Spartans began to make a comeback in the bottom of the sixth scoring two runs, but that would be it for San Jose as Omokaro retired three of the next sixth batters to record the win. Omokaro went all seven innings only allowing two runs on two hits with nine strike outs. At the plate, Omokaro went 2-3 scoring one run.
In the second game, the Spartans jumped out to a quick two run lead after one. The Bears quickly countered scoring three runs in the second for a 3-2 lead at the end of two. Jenkins reached second on a throwing error by San Jose's catcher. Following batter Baxter, grounded out to third and sophomore Melissa Ota (Irvine, CA) drew a walk. With two runners on, Hewitt loaded the bases on a single down the third base line. Sophomore Andrea Miranda (Davie, FL) struck out for the Bear's second out. With two outs and bases loaded Fleitell singled up the middle scoring Ota and Jenkins tying the game at 2-2. Omokaro once again loaded the bases for the Bears, when she singled to the shortstop, bringing Seid to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. Seid singled, scoring Hewitt, and had Fleitell thrown out at the plate for the third out. Brown had a one run lead going into the bottom half of the second inning. The Spartans opened up the game in the bottom half of the third inning recording four runs getting the lead for good. Senior co-captain Marissa Berkes (El Segundo, CA) recorded the loss for the Bears surrendering six runs on seven hits, in three innings of play.
The Bears will continue action, tomorrow, March 29, when they take on Pacific for a 4:00 PM ET doubleheader with the Tigers.