Feb. 13, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - The No. 8 University of California softball team (3-2) swung into action with a 7-0 shutout of UC Davis (3-3) in Aggie territory at La Rue Field Wednesday.
Cal notched 11 hits in a total team effort that included 16 players seeing field time and six different Golden Bears contributing one RBI each. Senior hurler Jolene Henderson allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out eight batters.
"We did all the little things right. We had great fundamentals, and Jolene pitched a great game," said senior and captain Lindsey Ziegenhirt. "We took advantage of everything Davis was going to give us. It was just a good day of team building."
The team tallied its fifth homerun of the young season on a solo slam from Ziegenhirt. Freshman Khala Taylor thumped Cal's first triple of the season, and sophomore Cheyenne Cordes followed suit in the sixth inning with another triple to set herself up for a score. Fellow sophomore Breana Kostreba went 3-for-4 to move her season batting average to .500, while Victoria Jones went 2-for-3 in another solid performance. The junior is batting an impressive .583 over the course of the first five games.
At No. 2 in the batting order, Cordes quickly reached base on a walk in the first inning, and a single from Kostreba set Cordes up to score on a Danielle Henderson single to center field. California put up big numbers in the third inning, scoring four runs, including two from stolen bases by J. Henderson and Jones. The Bears struck again in the sixth and seventh, first from Cordes and then on Ziegenhirt's homer.
"The game helped us solidify what we already knew - that we are a great team," Ziegenhirt said. "Heading into this weekend, it gave us an extra boost of confidence in pitching and when we're at the plate going to bat."
The Golden Bears return to the diamond Friday as they begin another four-game tournament run at the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas. First on the schedule is Nevada at 11:15 a.m. PT, followed by a Saturday doubleheader starting at 11:15 a.m. vs. Utah Valley, then San Jose State at 1:30 p.m. Cal will cap off the weekend against Portland State at 9 on Sunday morning.
"We're ready for this weekend and we're ready to get four wins. We took advantage of our practice time, and with a team that's all together on the same page and with our coaching staff, the sky is the limit," Taylor said.
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