March 1, 2013
FULLERTON, Calif. - For the second time in three weeks, Lindsey Ziegenhirt hit a grand slam and a home run in a single game to lead the No. 7/8 California Golden Bears (13-2) to a decisive 11-3 run-rule victory over Cal Polytechnic (5-11-1) Friday at the Easton Invitational in Fullerton, Calif.
Ziegenhirt went two-for-three with seven RBI, but she wasn't the only one getting hits across the plate against the Mustangs. The Bears used a high-powered offense with eight different Bears scoring runs while six got their bats on the ball. Fellow senior Jolene Henderson went two-for-three with two RBI and scored two runs, while sophomore Danielle Henderson went two-for-two with one RBI and two runs. Juniors Britt Vonk, Ashley Decker and Victoria Jones, sophomore Cheyenne Cordes and freshman Khala Taylor each contributed one run.
Sophomore Nikki Owens (1-0) earned her first career win in the circle, pitching three innings and allowing one walk, six hits and three runs. Owens came in at the start of the third inning to relieve J. Henderson, who allowed no hits, runs or walks and struck out three in her two innings on the mound.
The Golden Bears grabbed the lead early, scoring seven runs in the first inning to match their season-best runs scored in a single inning. Cordes started Cal off with a leadoff single, advancing to second on a bunt by Vonk. The pair each moved one base on a ground out from sophomore Breana Kostreba before Cal Poly's Jordan Yates walked D. Henderson to load the bases. Next up, J. Henderson singled to left field and Cordes and Vonk crossed home for two RBI. The bases filled again quickly as Jones walked, and Ziegenhirt hit her second grand slam of the season to bring every runner home.
The team continued with heavy-hitting offense in the bottom of the second, as both Hendersons singled and moved to scoring position on a ground out by Jones. Ziegenhirt followed her first at-bat with a home run to bring the Hendersons in for three RBI.
Cal Polytechnic cut the lead to just seven runs - not enough for a mercy rule victory - at the top of the fifth as three players singled to load the bases before Mustang shortstop Kim Westlund doubled to center field. Westlund was tagged out at third on the throw for the third out of the inning, but not before Cal Poly tacked up three runs on the board.
Cal cut the game short after Taylor and Cordes both reached on errors at second and third respectively, and a single from Vonk loaded the bases yet again. A walk by D. Henderson was all the Bears needed to close out the fifth inning with another double-digit victory.
The Bears wrap up their Easton Invitational schedule with back-to-back games starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. California will start off its day against Indiana, immediate followed by a game against Wisconsin set for 11:15 a.m.
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