Top-seeded Cal sweeps super regional
Cordes' massive home run hands Golden Bears 12th WCWS
BERKELEY, Calif. -- With a two-run Cheyenne Cordes home run that cleared the scoreboard in left field and a nine-strikeout, three-hit performance from Jolene Henderson, No. 1 seed California beat Washington 2-0 to book a trip to Oklahoma City for the Golden Bears' 12th appearance in the Women's College World Series.
After losing Game 1 of the Berkeley Super Regional 5-0 on Saturday night, the Huskies came out firing on all cylinders in the bottom of the first. Playing as the home team on Cal's turf, Victoria Hayward led off with an eight-pitch walk, Nikia Williams singled to left and Kimi Pohlman walked to load the bases for the Huskies with one out.
Danielle Henderson made a great grab on a Hooch Fagaly liner to give the Bears two outs. On the run, Jamia Reid made a highlight reel-worthy sliding catch to end the inning, robbing Shawna Wright of what would have likely been a three-run hit.
Jolene Henderson did not allow a ball out of the infield after the first inning.
Offensively, the Bears had not gotten a baserunner until the top of the fourth, when Cordes walked. Breana Kostreba had Cal's first hit of the game with a solid single up the middle in the top of the fifth. Elia Reid ran for Kostreba at first, and with two outs, Cordes sent the fifth pitch of her at-bat over the scoreboard for a two-run homer.
In total, the Bears outhit the Huskies 5-3. Washington left seven baserunners stranded with Cal leaving six on base.
Henderson collected her second win of the Berkeley Super Regional, fanning nine Huskies and allowing just three hits.
Bryana Walker -- who had pitched three innings against the Bears across the three-game Pac-12 series -- suffered the loss after giving up the two earned runs on five hits and three walks. Kaitlin Inglesby, who took the loss on Saturday night, pitched one perfect inning in relief.