April 6, 2013
No. 5/4 California split a doubleheader with No. 10/9 Oregon, with the Ducks taking game one of the series 5-1 while the Golden Bears claimed a 3-1 victory in game two Saturday at Levine-Fricke Field in Berkeley.
Two was the lucky number for sophomore Jolene Henderson also knocked in a run, going 1-for-3 in the second game. The team totaled 14 hits between both games while giving up 16 to Oregon.
J. Henderson (26-4) started both games in the circle for the Golden Bears. She gave up six hits in five innings of work during game one but gave up only two earned runs while whiffing six without a single walk. Sophomore Nikki Owens saw time in the circle for the first time against a Pac-12 opponent, pitching two innings of game one with two hits, no earned runs and a strikeout. J. Henderson pitched the entirety of game two, allowing eight hits, no earned runs and two walks with four strikeouts.
Game One: Oregon 5, Cal 1
Oregon used ace Jessica Moore (16-3) in game one, and Moore tossed seven strikeouts, allowing eight hits from the Golden Bears with no walks.
The Ducks started a 4-0 run at the top of the fourth when second baseman Kaylan Howard homered to right field. Oregon’s bats stayed hot as its next two batters in the order doubled to score another run. First baseman Kailee Cuico doubled, then Sara Goodrum came in to pinch run for her before Samantha Pappas doubled to bring Goodrum across.
Another two runs came in at the top of the fifth. Left fielder Allie Burger reached first on a fielding error and advanced to second, then scored an unearned run when leadoff hitter Janie Takeda doubled to left field. Takeda scored her own run by advancing to third on a passed ball and coming home on a single by Howard.
Vonk touched all four bases in the same play at the bottom of the fifth to give Cal a run. Vonk tripled and then scored on a throwing error by the left fielder Burger as the ball bounced over the fence.
Oregon scored its final run at the top of the sixth. The designated player, Alexa Peterson was hit by a pitch to start the inning off, and she quickly made work of two passed balls to get to second and then third base. A single by Takeda was enough to bring her home.
Game Two: Cal 3, Oregon 1
Oregon’s Cheridan Hawkins (13-3) sent 10 batters back to the dugout with Ks and gave up only six hits and two walks, but D. Henderson still managed to hit two solo home runs, one at the bottom of the second and the other at the bottom of the fifth. The other California run came at the bottom of the third. Sophomore shortstop Cheyenne Cordes was hit by a pitch – the first of two occasions in game two – and advanced to second on a single by Vonk. J. Henderson singled to far left field and advanced on the throw while Cordes came around the corner to score.
Oregon scored its run at the top of the fifth when Howard reached base on an error at first base. Cuico doubled down the left line to move Howard to third. Pappas walked and the Bears found themselves in a jam with the bases loaded. An RBI single by Peterson to left field could have been much worse had it not been for swift fielding and a team effort in getting the ball from freshman Khala Taylor’s hands in left field to junior Victoria Jones at home to tag the potential second run out.
The series winner will be decided Sunday. First pitch begins at noon at Levine-Fricke Field.
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