May 28, 2011
LEXINGTON, Ky. - With sophomore Jolene Henderson pitching a one-hitter in the circle, all the No. 7-seeded California softball team needed was a solo shot by Frani Echavarria to get a 1-0 victory over Kentucky on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Bears outhit the Wildcats, 6-1, en route to their Lexington Super Regional opening win.
In front of a UK Softball Complex record 1,717 fans, Jolene Henderson pitched the one-hitter to improve to 38-7 overall and 4-0 in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Coming into the game, Henderson - the best pitcher in the country in terms of ERA - was tied for second in the country with 16 shutouts, which she upped to 17 on Saturday.
Cal gets its first Super Regional win since 2006 and its first-ever Super Regional win over an SEC team. The Wildcats and Bears square off at noon on Sunday for a ticket to the Women's College World Series. UK will have to beat Cal twice to advance to the glorious Oklahoma City.
With a 1-2 count and one away in the bottom of the fourth, Frani Echavarria homered to center. The homer was her first of the season and the second of her career.
The shutout loss was the first for Kentucky since March 23, when the Wildcats lost to their in-state rivals Louisville, 6-0.
For the Wildcats, Chanda Bell took the six-inning loss. She struck out eight and allowed the one earned run and six hits.
Super Regional Game One Post-Game Notes
Overall Record: 43-10
Road Record: 11-4
Streak: Won six
Last five games: 5-0
Last 10 games: 9-1
Last 20 games: 18-2
All-Time NCAA Postseason Record: 85-57
NCAA Super Regional Record: 4-9
Cal has not had a losing season since 1973 - a span of 38 years.
Jolene Henderson is now 6-1 in the postseason and 1-1 in Super Regional Play.
This marks the first Super Regional win over an SEC team in program history.
The Bears are now 3-0 against Kentucky in the all-time series. Cal got a 1-0 win at the 2010 Columbus Regional.