SANTA CLARA, Calif. –Junior Cheyenne Cordes went 4-for-4 with three RBI and a home run as Cal softball crushed Grand Canyon 11-1 in five innings at the Marriott Round Robin in Santa Clara, Calif. Friday evening. The win was Cal’s second mercy-rule victory of the season and helped the Bears to a five-game win streak for a 15-11 record.
Cordes was one of six Bears with a hit in Friday's game. Like Cordes, junior Breana Kostreba (2-for-4, two runs, one RBI) homered at the top of the fourth inning for her fifth extra-base hit in three games. Kostreba has nine extra bases over the past two days, stemming from a trio of doubles and two home runs.
Freshmen Alleah Laxamana (2-for-3, one run, one double) and Kylie Reed (2-for-4, one run, one RBI) also registered two hits on the day.
Freshman Katie Sutherland-Finch (4-3) earned her fourth win of the season with a full five-inning performance, allowing six hits, one run and no walks with one strikeout. Grand Canyon used three pitchers, with the loss going to Kailey Regester for eight hits and seven earned runs in 2.2 innings. The Antelope pitching staff gave up 12 hits and five walks.
The Antelopes scored early when Hayley Walker hit a leadoff double at the bottom of the first, moving to third on a bunt before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Kelsey Barak to take a 1-0 lead.
The top of the third yielded one run, which tied the game up, and then some to put the Bears up 7-1 after 2.5 innings of play. Cal scored its first two runs off a two-run double from senior Victoria Jones, then added another on a bunt single from senior Ashley Decker. A pair of wild pitches plated Kostreba, who reached base on a single, and Decker for a 5-1 lead.
With sophomore Jasmin Mejia on third, Cordes singled through the left side in her second at bat of the third inning for an RBI, and Reed followed with her own RBI single. Nearly every Bear got on base at the top of the third and Cal left the inning with a comfortable six-run cushion.
With the doors already wide open for a win, Kostreba set the tone at the top of the fourth with a leadoff homer - her second in three games. Mejia drew a walk and Laxamana helped her out with a double before senior LaRisa Jones grounded out to second base to move Laxamana to third and Mejia home. With Laxamana in scoring position, Cordes followed with the second home run of the inning for the 10th and 11th runs of the game.
Cal is back for its second game at the Marriott Round Robin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday against Princeton.
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