Four Homers Power Cal Past Central Michigan
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  05/17/2013

May 17, 2013

Box Score

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A trio of Golden Bears matched a team season-high of four home runs to power the California softball team to an 8-1 victory over Central Michigan in game one of the Ann Arbor Regional Friday afternoon at the University of Michigan's Wilpon Complex.

"I thought our Bears played a tremendous game today against a great team in Central Michigan," said California head coach Diane Ninemire. "I thought we really put the pressure on their defense getting these hits and we're very fortunate tonight to get some timely hits and get great pitching and go on to win this game today."

Sophomore Danielle Henderson hit two long balls to add to junior Victoria Jones and senior Lindsey Ziegenhirt's two-homer total. Henderson went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Jones went 2-for-4 with four RBI and a run, and Ziegenhirt earned two RBI for her roundtripper to go 1-for-4.

Sophomore Breana Kostreba went 2-for-3 at the plate, and freshmen Khala Taylor and Vanessa Alvarez plus juniors Britt Vonk and Ashley Decker also recorded hits to bring the Bears' total to 11 hits.

CMU's Kara Dornbos allowed four runs and five hits under her 4.2 inning watch before Chelsea Sundberg replaced her to allow six hits and four more runs. Cal's senior ace Jolene Henderson tossed eight strikeouts while giving up just two hits and one unearned run.

"{Jolene is} a tremendous player with great heart and she's going out there with everything she has for this team," Ninemire said. "She's a tremendous athlete and we just love having her on the mound, it really makes our team play well."

The Chippewas scored their only run using an RBI single by catcher Cory DeLamielleur at the top of the fourth inning. Second baseman Brittney Horan reached base on a fielder's choice before advancing to second after an error gave left fielder Brogan Darwin first base, then DeLamielleur drove one to center field for the score.

Down 1-0 entering the bottom of the fourth, Jones stepped up to bat ready to shift the momentum. Kostreba singled and Vonk followed with a walk before Jones keyed a ball over the left field fence for three RBI and a 3-1 lead.

"I knew I had to do something for my team, and whatever it was - whether it was bunting or hitting behind the runner - I just had to get my bat on the ball and score," Jones said.

At the bottom of the fifth, Henderson's ball was tipped over the left field fence for another run, then Kostreba singled and Vonk bunted herself to first before Jones came up big again with an RBI single to center field.

The home runs continued into the sixth inning as Taylor reached base on a hit that forced Alvarez out, then stole second. With Taylor on second and two outs, Ziegenhirt launched her 17th home run of the season to claim sole possession of fourth place in the Cal record books for home runs in a single season, giving the Bears a six-run cushion. D. Henderson made it back-to-back home runs with her solo shot for the 8-1 score.

Cal returns to Alumni Field at noon on Saturday to play on the winner's side of the Ann Arbor Regional bracket. The Bears will face the winner of the Valparaiso-Michigan matchup. Follow @CalSoftball on Twitter for updates from on the Bears' postseason journey, and check Instagram (@CalSoftball) and Facebook ( for exclusive content.