May 29, 2011
LEXINGTON, Ky. - With a trip to the Women's College World Series on the line for the No. 7-seeded California and Kentucky in game three of the Lexington Super Regional, the Golden Bears rolled on in the best way possible - with a 9-0 victory over the Wildcats. With two wins in Lexington in hand, Cal advances to the hallowed grounds of Oklahoma City for the Women's College World Series for the first time since 2005.
With five runs in the top of the first, the Bears earned themselves a lead that they would never relinquish. Cal tacked on one more in the top of the sixth and three in the seventh.
After taking the loss in game two of the Super Regional earlier in the day on Sunday, Jolene Henderson pitched lights out. The sophomore workhorse allowed just three hits and struck out seven.
With the bases loaded, Ashley Decker - who was hitting .250 with the basses juiced - earned herself a walk to plate Britt Vonk, who had singled to short. Victoria Jones put one on the ground to third with the bases loaded, scoring Williams. Jordan Wallace doubled to the wall in left, scoring two more and forcing Kentucky's hand, bringing in Rachel Riley to relieve starter Chanda Bell. A wild pitch brought home Victoria Jones, though that run was unearned due to a drop foul ball by Brittany Cervantes.
Decker put down the world's most perfect bunt to lead off the top of the sixth. A ground out to short from Victoria Jones put Decker in scoring position at second, which was perfect timing for Wallace hit her second double of the game to score Decker.
Things got hairy for the Bears in the bottom of the sixth, when Kara Dill took a shot to the arm for a free trip to first and then she moved to second when Meagan Aull had a solid base hit to left. Rachel Riley followed suit with a one-hopper single near the line in left to load the bases with no outs. Brittany Cervantes reached on a fielder's choice when Britt Vonk ate up her grounder and threw home for the force out. Vonk fielded a pop up from DeMArtine to close the inning.
Jace Williams led off in the top of the seventh with a single through the right side and she came home to score courtesy a homer to center by Lindsey Ziegenhirt. Frani Echavarria doubled to left center and scored when Decker put down a sacrifice bunt.
The Bears earn their 11th-ever trip to the Women's College World Series and the first since 2005.
All-Time NCAA Postseason Record: 86-58
NCAA Super Regional Record: 5-10
Cal has not had a losing season since 1973 - a span of 38 years.
Jolene Henderson is now 7-2 in the postseason and 2-2 in Super Regional Play.
This marks the first Super Regional title over an SEC team in program history.
The Bears are now 4-1 against Kentucky in the all-time series. Cal got a 1-0 win at the 2010 Columbus Regional.
Overall Record: 44-11
Road Record: 12-5
Streak: Won one
Last five games: 4-1
Last 10 games: 9-1
Last 20 games: 18-2