HONOLULU, Hawaii – The California softball team tallied 10 hits for the second time in as many games to top the Pacific Tigers, 5-2, Thursday afternoon at the Jack in the Box Spring Fling in Hawaii. Cal is now 9-7 with two wins in Honolulu.
Juniors Danielle Henderson (2-for-5, one run, one RBI) and Breana Kostreba (1-for-2, one run, one RBI, two walks) both went yard, and Henderson, fellow junior Cheyenne Cordes (2-for-5), senior Victoria Jones (2-for-4, one RBI) and freshman Kylie Reed (2-for-4, one RBI) each tallied two hits, but the Bears did not fully capitalize with runners in scoring position during multiple situations and ultimately left 13 on base.
With two outs already on the board to begin the top of the first, third batter up Henderson got things started with a solo homer smack dab to center field.
The Bears continued their successful outing at the top of the second. Freshman Jasmin Mejia and senior LaRisa Jones drew back-to-back walks, then freshman Alleah Laxamana singled to center field fill the bases. Cordes followed with a fielder's choice, but Mejia scored before Pacific could tag her at home. Cal added another with a sacrifice fly from freshman Kylie Reed that brought L. Jones home.
Kostreba replicated the first inning's work with a leadoff home run to center field, but the Tigers promptly answered with a long ball of their own by Cassidy Gustafson at the bottom half of the third, making the score 4-1 Cal entering the fourth inning.
Cal had several chances to score in the fourth and fifth, leaving five runners on base between the two innings, before finally adding a fifth run at the top of the sixth. Henderson singled to left field and was replaced at first by pinch runner Mary Lee, who moved to second after Kostreba drew a walk. V. Jones singled to right field to open the gap for Lee to score and put the Bears ahead 5-1.
The Tigers attempted to rally at the bottom of the seventh but fell flat, scoring just one run on an RBI single by Sara Anderson with runners at second and third.
Sophomore Nisa Ontiveros improves to 6-3 in the circle, allowing six hits and only one walk with two strikeouts through the full seven, while Pacific’s Dani Bonnet allowed seven walks and struck out six on top of giving up 10 hits.
Cal will take on both James Madison (6 p.m. PT) and Hawaii (8 p.m. PT) in a doubleheader on Friday.
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