California clinches berth in WCWS
Golden Bears jump out to early lead, cruise to victory
LEXINGTON, Ky. - With a trip to the Women's College World Series on the line for California and Kentucky in game three of the Lexington Super Regional, the Golden Bears rolled with a 9-0 victory against the Wildcats. With two wins in Lexington in hand, Cal advances to Oklahoma City for the Women's College World Series for the first time since 2005.
With five runs in the top of the first, the Bears earned themselves a lead that they would never relinquish. Cal tacked on one more in the top of the sixth and three in the seventh.
After taking the loss in game two of the Super Regional earlier in the day on Sunday, Jolene Henderson pitched lights out. The sophomore workhorse allowed just three hits and struck out seven.
Jordan Wallace led the way with three RBI courtesy two doubles. Lindsey Ziegenhirt contributed two with a homer to center and Victoria Jones tallied two RBI as well.
With the bases loaded, Ashley Decker, who was hitting .250 with the bases juiced, drew a walk to plate Britt Vonk, who had singled to short. Jordan Wallace then doubled to the wall in left, scoring two more and forcing Kentucky to bring in Rachel Riley to relieve starter Chanda Bell. A wild pitch brought home Victoria Jones, though that run was unearned due to a dropped foul ball by Brittany Cervantes.
Decker laid down a bunt to lead off the top of the sixth. A ground out to short from Victoria Jones put Decker in scoring position at second, which was set up Wallace to hit her second double of the game to score Decker.
Things got hairy for the Bears in the bottom of the sixth, when Kara Dill was hit by a pitch for a free trip to first and then she moved to second when Meagan Aull had a solid base hit to left. Rachel Riley followed suit with a one-hop single near the line in left to load the bases with no outs. Brittany Cervantes reached on a fielder's choice when Britt Vonk ate up her grounder and threw home for the force out. Vonk fielded a pop up from DeMArtine to close the inning.
Jace Williams led off in the top of the seventh with a single through the right side and she came home to score courtesy a homer to center by Lindsey Ziegenhirt. Frani Echavarria doubled to left center and scored when Decker put down a sacrifice bunt.