Feb. 26, 2012
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - It took five innings for the No. 1/3 California softball team's bats to get warmed up, but once they did, there was no stopping the Golden Bears as they steamrolled Cal State Northridge 7-0 on Sunday afternoon.
"I felt confident and relaxed in the batter's box," Decker said. "I'm glad that I was able to help the team out."
"I couldn't buy a hit all weekend, I swear I was cursed," Williams said. "All of my good hits were caught and all my bad hits fell so go figure. I was just happy we were able to extend our lead going into the last inning. Anyhing can happen with a one-run lead so it was nice seeing the team turn it on. I'm very proud of this team, and I thought both Ari and Jo pitched a heck of a game!"
Cal keeps its records pristine at 12-0, going a perfect 4-0 at this weekend's Cathedral City Classic while CSUN tops to 1-13 overall.
Mia Pagano suffered the loss after allowing three earned runs on nine hits and four walks.
Bottom of the Fifth - CSUN 0, California 1:
Ashley Decker broke the game open with a stand-up double to left center. Decker moved to third when Frani Echavarria grounded out to second, putting her in prime scoring position for when Britt Vonkconnected on the first pitch for a single to left.
Bottom of the Sixth - CSUN 0, California 6:
With a hard-hit liner to short, Breana Kostreba got the baserunning started and scored when Danielle Henderson sent the ball rocketing to left field. Decker posted her second double, Echavarria took a shot to the back and then Vonk walked, loading the bases. Cheyenne Cordes hit a chopper to the circle, but the first baseman dropped the throw, allowing Decker to score and the inning to continue. Arioto poked a powerful shot through the right side, scoring Vonk and Echavarria. Cordes crossed home with a base hit to center courtesy Jace Williams.
Next Time on the Diamond:
The Bears head back to Southern California for a quick two-day stint at the DeMarini Invitational in Fullerton. On Friday, March 2, Cal faces off against FIU (3 p.m.) and Southern Miss (1:30 p.m.). Saturday, March 3 will see the Bears take on East Carolina (9 a.m.) and Northwestern (11:15 a.m.).
Vonk's RBI was the first of the season.