May 9, 2013
SEATTLE, Wash. - Cheyenne Cordes and Victoria Jones each knocked a homer over the fence, but the pair of two RBI long balls was not enough to life No. 17/20 Cal over No. 12/11 Washington. The Huskies topped the Golden Bears 7-4 in game one of the final series of the regular season.
Though the Bears tallied eight hits, defensive miscues plagued the Bears once again. Washington scored 12 hits between Cal's two pitchers. Senior Jolene Henderson (29-8) entered the circle for the first time since April 21 vs. Oregon State, taking the loss for a run scored in her one inning of work. Freshman Vanessa Alvarez pitched the remainder of the game with nine hits, six runs and three walks without a strikeout. Washington's Kaitlin Inglesby (21-6) pitched a full seven with eight hits, four runs, a walk and three strikeouts.
Alvarez also performed at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a run scored. Sophomore Cordes went 1-for-4 with her home run, and junior Jones went 1-for-3 with homer of her own. Freshman Khala Taylor, leading the team in batting average, went 2-for-4.
Under Henderson's watch in the first inning, the Huskies scored using a leadoff bunt by outfielder Victoria Hayward, who stole second, then scored on a single by Inglesby. With Alvarez at the mound to start the second inning, Washington scored another three with two singles up the middle, first for one RBI and then for two additional RBI.
The Huskies tacked on another two at the bottom of the third. Second baseman Kelli Suguro singled to right field to score Whitney Jones and Kimberlee Souza for a 6-0 lead.
With Alvarez on base with a single, Cordes used the top of the fifth to strike her ninth roundtripper of the season and put the Bears within four runs of the Huskies. At the top of the sixth, Jones followed suit by going yard for two RBI of her own and a 6-4 score.
Washington added an insurance run at the bottom of the sixth with a home run from center fielder Kylee Lahners to end the ball game 7-4.
Cal swings back into action Friday at 7 p.m. at Husky Softball Stadium. The game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.