Cal runs away with series opener
Arioto's two-run homer in bottom of first propels Golden Bears
BERKELEY, Calif. -- No. 1 seed California defeated No. 16 seed Washington 5-0 in the first game of the Berkeley Super Regional on Saturday evening in front of a sell-out crowd of 1,117 under the lights at Levine-Fricke Field.
Valerie Arioto -- who was intentionally walked seven times in the Berkeley Regional -- hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the first to get things started. Jace Williams followed suit with a solo shot of her own, giving the Bears a 3-0 lead. Switching to the small game in the bottom of the fourth, the Bears tacked on two unearned runs to put the contest out of reach.
Jolene Henderson (35-2) pitched the seven-inning victory, fanning 11 Huskies. Kaitlin Inglesby (19-11) suffered the loss after allowing three earned runs on six hits and two walks.
Britt Vonk laid down a bunt to start off Cal's baserunners with a single. Arioto then smashed the third pitch she saw from Inglesby for her 23rd homer of the year. Williams made it a three-run game by blasting a 1-1 pitch into the bleachers in right center, her seventh long ball of the season.
In the fourth inning, Breana Kostreba took a shot to the thigh and was replaced at first base by Elia Reid. Danielle Henderson executed a textbook sacrifice bunt, moving Reid to second. Reid went to third on a passed ball before Victoria Jones drew a walk then stole her first base of the year to put runners at first and second with one out. Cheyenne Cordes hit a grounder to short, but Reid was too quick on the draw and scored. Jones went to third on the Cordes fielder's choice and then came home when Jamia Reid grounded out to second.