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.
Wallace finished 2-for-3 with three RBI, and junior Cheyenne Cordes and freshman Kylie Reed went 2-for-4 with a run scored each. Cordes also had two RBI. Junior Danielle Henderson drew three consecutive walks in her at bats, while senior Victoria Jones scored two runs.
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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