No. 9 Cal topples No. 11 UCLA
Golden Bears win series opener against Bruins 7-2
BERKELEY -- Bases loaded: Two words that the Bears loved and the Bruins hated today. No. 9 California drove in five of its seven runs with the bases juiced to drive past No. 11 UCLA 7-2 on Friday afternoon at Levine-Fricke Field under quintessentially perfect softball conditions.
In the bottom of the first, three runs off of three hits got things started for Cal, all of which came with the bases loaded. Britt Vonk singled to first, plating Jordan Wallace, who had been hit by a pitch. Jace Williams singled through the left side to score Jamia Reid and Elia Reid.
Williams singled in the sixth - again with the bases loaded - to bring home the Reid twins once more and put the Bears up, 5-0. In the same inning, Frani Echavarria singled to center, scoring Vonk. Third baseman GiOnna DiSalvatore completely missed a grounder by Lindsey Ziegenhirt, allowing Williams to come home.
A sacrifice fly from Alyssa Tiumalu got UCLA on the board and then Samantha Camuso followed up with an RBI double to left center.
With the weekend-beginning win, the Golden Bears improve to 32-9 overall and 8-5 in the Pac-10 while the Bruins fall to 31-11 and 7-6 in the Pac-10.
Cal registered 11 hits to UCLA's seven, with Jamia Reid and Jace Williams each connecting thrice. Williams' hits were the definition of productive for she tallied a game-high four RBI. For her, it was all in a day's work.
"My teammates did their job by getting on base so my job was to hit them in, and today I did that," Williams said. "That's a great staff over there in UCLA. Anytime you can get a hit in this conference is a great accomplishment."
On the other side of the ball, Jolene Henderson pitched a masterpiece - 10 strikeouts in seven innings of work. Never one to boast her own accomplishments, however warranted it may be, Henderson was most pleased with her teammates' run support.
"It was good that our team came out strong in the batter's box in all six innings," Henderson said. `I did think that our team hit very well today, and I was very proud of them. I think we just have to keep that going through the series and just jump on top."
Also getting in the batter's box was Henderson herself, who hit for the first time at home.
"I was very, very excited, and I think it showed when I was swinging," Henderson said of her at-bats today. "I just want to be able to produce for my team now."
The series continues Saturday at 1 p.m.