STOCKTON, Calif. -- The California softball team buried Pacific with a nine-run fourth inning to claim its tenth consecutive victory, 9-0 in five innings, Wednesday evening at Bill Simoni Field in Stockton, Calif. The Bears improve to 20-11 heading into this weekend's Pac-12 home opener with Arizona State.
The senior class shined in the win, with LaRisa Jones (3-for-3, one run) and Victoria Jones (2-for-2, two runs, two RBI, one home run) going perfect on the day and Jordan Wallace going 1-for-1 with a run and two RBI in her pinch-hitting performance. Alex Robben (1-for-4) scored a run and drove in another two with her second career double, while Ashley Decker also had one RBI.
Freshman Stephanie Trzcinski (4-3) earned her second shutout of the season in a three-hit performance after giving up just one walk while fanning five. Dani Bonnet took the win for the Tigers, pitching 3.2 innings and allowing 11 hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Tori Shepard relieved Bonnet in the middle of the top of the fourth inning, striking out two in her 1.1 inning performance. The Bears outhit the Tigers 14-3 in the errorless game.
The Bears and Tigers held each other scoreless through three full frames before the Bears finally broke through at the top of the fourth. Prior to the fourth inning, Cal got a few good looks, reaching base in each inning and loading the bases at the bottom of the second before a strikeout got the Tigers out of the jam.
The floodgates opened in the fourth. With one out on the board, the Bears loaded the bases with three consecutive singles from V. Jones, Sophomore Vanessa Alvarez and L. Jones. Junior Cheyenne Cordes hit a fielder's choice to the infield but earned an RBI and kept the bases loaded as V. Jones came home to break the scoreless tie. Wallace entered the game to pinch hit for freshman Kylie Reed, and the Bears added two more runs when Wallace singled through the right side to score Alvarez and L. Jones.
With Wallace at first and Cordes at second, junior Danielle Henderson drew a walk to once again jam the diamond. That's when Robben blasted a ball to the center field warning track and brought both Cordes and Wallace home for the 5-0 score.
The Bears added another tick to the scoreboard with a line drive up the middle by junior Breana Kostreba to plate Henderson and make it runners on the corners. With Decker at the plate for the second time in the inning, Kostreba stole second. Decker hit a chopper to first and was tagged out for the second out of the inning, but still managed to score Robben and move Kostreba over to third. A home run to left field by V. Jones in the next at bat gave the Bears all the runs they needed to nab the victory.
Cal will host its first home conference series when the Sun Devils come to town Friday through Sunday. Friday’s game begins at 3 p.m. on Levine-Fricke Field. All three games in the series will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks.
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