May 3, 2013
BERKELEY - No. 12/13 California's six hits proved to be no match for No. 17/16 Stanford's 15 hits, and the Golden Bears fell 13-5 to the Cardinal Friday at Levine-Fricke Field in game one of the final home series.
Cal used all three of its healthy pitchers - freshmen Nisa Ontiveros and Taylor Lee and sophomore Nikki Owens - who gave up a combined 12 earned runs and six walks while striking out five. Ontiveros (4-4) was charged with the loss for her 3.2 inning performance, giving up six earned runs off eight hits. Stanford's Teagan Gerhart (19-9) earned the win for a six-inning effort of six hits, three earned runs, two walks and three strikeouts.
Freshman Lindsey Ziegenhirt, and sophomore Breana Kostreba also contributed to the hit count.
Cal was quick to tack a run on the board with a solo home run by Vonk at the bottom of the first, a lead that lasted into the top of the third before the floodgates opened and Stanford scored five in a two-out rally. The Cardinal scored its first three runs on a 3 RBI homer by shortstop Jenna Rich, then added another homer plus an RBI double to make the score 5-1.
Stanford scored again with another two-out rally at the top of the fourth on a pair of errors for two runs before the Bears got to bat again. Henderson, who had a team-leading 28 walks prior to Friday's game, added another walk to her count before Jones homered to center field for two Golden Bear runs and a manageable 7-3 score.
The Cardinal answered with another run on an RBI double by leadoff hitter Hanna Winter, and in true Bay Area rivalry fashion the back-and-forth continued into the bottom of the sixth when Cal scored another two runs. Henderson earned her second walk of the day, advancing to second on a single by Kostreba and fielder's choice for Jones, then scored on an error by Winter that plated Alvarez. Freshman Jasmin Mejia grounded out to Gerhart to bring Kostreba across and put the score at 8-5 Stanford.
Stanford dealt Cal the final blow with a five-run final inning as the Cardinal continued to load the bases. Two of the five runs came from bases-loaded walks, while another two were RBI singles plus one from Cal's third error of the day.
The battle of the bay continues Saturday at 1 p.m. Saturday is also Alumni Day, and the Golden Bears will honor all Cal softball alumni as well as celebrate the 1987 and 2012 teams, who won the inaugural Pac-10 and Pac-12 Championship, respectively.