Cal wins first elimination game
Decker’s first career bases-loaded triple spurs Golden Bears
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Facing elimination from the 2011 Women's College World Series, No. 7-seed California sent Oklahoma State packing with a 6-2 win on Saturday. The Golden Bears scored first and battled back from a 2-1 deficit with a four-run fifth inning to drop the Cowgirls.
The win set up a showdown between Cal and Florida in another elimination game Saturday night.
Ashley Decker was the offensive hero of the game with a bases-loaded triple for three RBIs that put the Bears ahead for good. Jolene Henderson pitched the complete-game victory.
The Bears scored their first run of the WCWS in the bottom of the second, when Victoria Jones singled up the middle to score Lindsey Ziegenhirt from second. Five consecutive singles by the Cowgirls in the top of the fourth scored two runs to take a 2-1 lead.
The Bears responded in fine fashion with four runs off three hits and one OSU error in the bottom of the fourth. Vonk had a one-out single to left and moved to third when Williams doubled down the right field line. With two outs, Frani Echavarria walked to load the bases for Decker who drilled the ball to right for the first triple of her Cal career, plating three runs. Victoria Jones hit a grounder to short, where it was bobbled by Chelsea Garcia, allowing Decker to score an unearned run.
Elia Reid tacked on one more run in the bottom of the sixth with her ninth homer of the year.
Sophomore right-hander Kat Espinosa started and suffered the loss for OSU after allowing five earned runs on nine hits in five innings of work. She struck out eight and walked two. Sarah Odom came in as relief in the bottom of the sixth after Elia Reid's homer.
Cal got its first baserunner to start the bottom of the second courtesy an opposite-field single from Lindsey Ziegenhirt. A sacrifice bunt from Frani Echavarria moved Ziegenhirt to second. With two outs, Victoria Jones singled up the middle and Ziegenhirt beat the throw home to score the first run of the contest.
In the top of the fourth, Alysia Hamilton straightened out her swing for a solid single up the middle. Julie Ward golfed one into no man's land behind second base. Still with one out, Chelsea Garcia loaded the bases with a hit to shallow left field. Tamara Brown hit a one-hopped to left to plate Hamilton.