April 27, 2012
Score: No. 1 California 4, No. 14/15 UCLA 0
BERKELEY -The No. 1 California softball team dished out its 22nd shutout of the season with a 3-0 win over No. 14/15 UCLA on Friday afternoon under sunny skies in Berkeley. Ashley Decker drove in the first two runs with a single in the third and then Cheyenne Cordes plated another via a sac fly in the sixth.
Jolene Henderson ups her record to 25-1 thanks to the seven-inning, three-hit performance in which she struck out nine.
Jessica Hall (16-8) pitched the complete-game loss, allowing two earned runs on three hits and three walks while fanning 11.
The Cal victory thwarted a UCLA four-game winning streak and moves the all-time series record to 26-78.
Bottom of the Third - UCLA 0, Cal 2:
UCLA shortstop Kellie Fox bobbled a Jamia Reid grounder, allowing Frani Echavarria - who had taken ball four to the leg - to advance to second and Reid to reach on the fielder's choice. A wild pitch put Echavarria at third and Reid at second, just in time for Decker's at-bat. On a 1-1 count, Decker ripped the ball up the middle, scoring both Echavarria and Reid.
Bottom of the Sixth - UCLA 0, Cal 3:
After Valerie Arioto singled to left, Jace Williams doubled to the wall in center, which allowed Arioto advanced to third. With a high shot to right, Cordes plated Arioto with her fourth sac fly of the year.
Help Val Hit Her Community Service Goal
All season, Valerie Arioto and her Golden Bears have been collecting unopened toiletries to donate to a local women's shelter. At each of the remaining home games, bring unopened toiletries to add to the Golden Bears' collection. Help us hit our goal of 1,000 pieces!
Next Time on the Diamond:
Cal and UCLA continue the series at 1 p.m. on Saturday.