Cal Dishes Out 9-4 Win Over Utah
March 23, 2013
BERKELEY - The No. 6/5 California softball team was hit-happy against Utah, dishing out nine runs in 13 hits on Saturday at Levine-Fricke Field to claim the second game of the weekend series.
With the win, senior ace Jolene Henderson (21-2) has now matched California pitching great Michele Granger's all-time wins record. Henderson pitched her way to win No. 119 with three strikeouts while allowing two walks and three earned runs on eight hits.
Senior Lindsey hit two homers in the game to go 3-for-4 with four RBI and push her season home run count to 12. The Cal catcher hit 10 home runs across Cal's first 15 games before a short dry spell. Saturday's hits were her first bombs in 11 games.
Freshman Cheyenne Cordes had another great day at the park with three hits in four at-bats. Sophomore Danielle Henderson also went 2-for-3 and freshman Vanessa Alvarez tallied two hits, including a double that sent three runners home.
The California hit parade started early in the game. The first two batters up, Cordes and junior Ashley Decker, singled to fill bases one and two. Ziegenhirt stepped up and homered to left field for a quick three runs. Sophomore Breana Kostreba reached on a fielder's choice that put out D. Henderson, and juniors Victoria Jones and Britt Vonk joined her on the bases after an error and four balls, respectively. With the bases loaded so early in the game, Alvarez doubled to bring another three RBI in to give the Bears a 6-0 lead with just one out. A single from Taylor to center field sent Alvarez home to add an extra run to the board before the inning ended. Cal went through 12 batters in the first inning, totaling seven runs on seven hits.
Both teams had no problems making contact with the ball, as each team tallied a hit in every inning except Cal at the bottom of the third. The Utes answered with a bit of a rally at the top of the fifth, starting with a leadoff single by Jackie Sweet. The No.1-hole batter Chalese Fankhauser singled through the left side to advance Sweet before shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina reached first on a fielder's choice that sent Fankhauser to second and Sweet back to the dugout. The next batter up, catcher Shelby Pacheco, reached on a fielder's choice but the Bears could not get a runner out on time after an error at third base. Mariah Ramirez was hit by a pitch to force a run in, and then right fielder Marissa Mendenhall doubled to left field to bring another two runs across. Utah's Kate Dickman singled to left field and Ramirez scored to bring the Utes' total run count to four.
The Bears were unhappy to settle for just a three-run lead and at the bottom of the fifth scored after Vonk walked, moved to second on a ground out from Alvarez and then came home on a single to center field by Taylor. Cal added one more run at the bottom of the sixth with a solo homer from Ziegenhirt to win 9-4.
The Bears return to their home diamond on Sunday at noon and will be looking to sweep the Utah series for the second consecutive year since the Utes joined the Pac-12.
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