March 7, 2012
Score: No. 1 Cal 11, UC Davis 3
BERKELEY - The No. 1/2 California softball team was firing on all cylinders as the Golden Bears steamrolled UC Davis 11-3 on Wednesday afternoon. The Bears worked a trio of Aggie pitchers for 11 runs on 12 hits, including a grand slam by Breana Kostreba, a solo homer from Danielle Henderson and Victoria Jones' game-ending three-run shot.
Cal improves to 16-0 overall and 1-0 within the friendly confines of Levine-Fricke Field while UC Davis falls to 6-15.
The Bears jumped on the Aggies early, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first thanks to Kostreba's bases-loaded homer. Already up 8-3 in the bottom of the sixth, Jones cleared the wall in left with a three-run shot to end the game early.
Jessica Thweatt lasted two innings - in which she allowed five earned runs on five hits and three walks - before Justine Vela entered. Vela pitched 1.0 innings (4 hits, 1 earned run) and Melanie Russell closed out the final 2.1 innings (3 hits, three earned runs, three strikeouts).
Bottom of the First - UCD 0, Cal 4:
With the bases loaded and one away, Kostreba nailed the fence behind the right-field wall for her first career grand slam. Along with Kostreba, Jamia Reid (bunt single), Valerie Arioto (walk) and Jace Williams (error at short) all scored.
Bottom of the Second - UCD 0, Cal 6:
With a grounder to short, Williams drove in Echavarria from third and an errant throw from short plated Ashley Decker from second.
Bottom of the Third - UCD 0, Cal 7:
Danielle Henderson cleared two fences, sending the ball over left field and into the parking lot for her sixth homer of the year.
Bottom of the Fourth - UCD 0, Cal 8:
Top of the Fifth - UCD 3, Cal 8:
With their first and only three hits of the game, the Aggies scored three runs. Kylie Fan, Kelly Zboralske and Cassandra Ginnis
Bottom of the Sixth - UCD 3, Cal 11:
Next Time on the Diamond:
Cal hits the road for a bus trip to Fresno, Calif., for the Bayer CropScience Classic. On Saturday, March 10, Cal will play San Diego State (1:15 p.m.) and Butler (7:45 p.m.), while Sunday, March 11 will see the Bears take on Purdue (12:45 p.m.) and Fresno State (3 p.m.).
Cal's all-time series record with the Aggies moves to 20-6