BERKELEY, Calif. -- The Golden Bears rebounded from a tough weekend thanks to key performances by senior Jordan Wallace and freshman Stephanie Trzcinski to soar to an 8-0 run-rule win over the Sacramento State Hornets Wednesday afternoon on Levine-Fricke Field.
Wallace hit a two-run double to get the Bears on the board and finished up the evening with a walk-off single, while pitcher Trzcinski tossed a career-high 11 strikeouts.
It was a total team effort for the Bears, who notched 10 hits spread between seven different players to back up a strong defense that allowed only four hits on top of up three free bases from Trzcinski after she gave up two walks and hit a batter.
The veteran Wallace started the Bears off with two runs at the bottom of the second, blasting a two-RBI double to score both baserunners after Jones walked and senior Ashley Decker singled.
A four-run bottom of the third started with a solo homer by Cordes. Reed laid down a bunt for a base hit and Henderson and junior Breana Kostreba followed with back-to-back walks to juice the bases with no outs. A pair of ground outs by Jones and Decker scored a runner each, and then a single through the right side by sophomore Vanessa Alvarez that scored Kostreba made it 6-0 Cal.
Cordes added another RBI to her total after scoring sophomore Marissa Iwanylo, who entered the game to pinch run for Wallace after she reached on a fielder's choice.
Wallace once again came up big at the bottom of the sixth. Jones singled up the middle, then moved to second on a base hit by sophomore Jasmin Mejia. Wallace sent a ball hopping in to left field and Jones traveled the two bases for the eighth and final run.
The 8-0 win was Cal's third shutout of the season.
Cal hosts three games featuring the UCLA Bruins on Levine-Fricke Field beginning Friday at 3 p.m. The series continues Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m. Saturday’s game will be Cal’s #SBSocialSaturday, with prizes and promos bases around Cal softball’s social media accounts, and Sunday the team will celebrate its partnership with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation and adopted teammate Bebe Wiggs.
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