No. 11/12 Cal Shuts Out Portland State, 8-0, in Five Innings
Feb. 14, 2010
BERKELEY - The California softball team ended its season-opening weekend with an 8-0 win in five innings against Portland State on Sunday afternoon in the closing day of the Kajikawa Tournament. The Golden Bears (4-1) scored four runs in the first inning against the Vikings (2-4) and then three in the fourth to run away with the mercy victory.
In the bottom of the first, Jamia Reid started things off with a bunt single and then stole second while Shannon Thomas was up to bat. Thomas singled to short and then advanced to second on the through while Reid put on the speeds to score. Thomas came around to home when Jolene Henderson reached on a fielding error. With Henderson on first, Lindsey Ziegenhirt homered for the fourth time this weekend for two RBI and to give the Bears a 4-0 lead at the end of one complete.
Cal tacked on another in the bottom of the third when Frani Echavarria singled through the right side to plate Ziegenhirt, who reached on a single to left-center field.
In the fourth, Cal put the first two batters on - Thomas (single to right) and Valerie Arioto (hit by pitch). After a PSU pitching change, Henderson had a sacrifice fly to move the runners, and Ziegenhirt flied out to center for a RBI, plating Thomas. With a Jace Williams double, Arioto scored to give the Bears a 7-0 lead. To close the inning on a high note, Elia Reid doubled to center to score Williams to five Cal its final run of the game.
Arioto faced just one batter over the minimum in the top of the fifth to put the game away.
Ziegenhirt paced the Bears with three RBI and two hits. Arioto pitched the complete game, allowing just one hit and facing just 17 batters in five innings.
The Bears are off until next weekend, when they continue their stretch of tournament games, this time traveling to Las Vegas for the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic from Friday, Feb. 20-Sunday, Feb. 21. The Bears will meet Illinois-Chicago (Feb. 19, 9 a.m.), Utah (Feb. 19, 11:15 a.m.), Northwestern (Feb. 20, 11:15 a.m.), Oklahoma (Feb. 20, 1:30 p.m.) and Georgia Tech (Feb. 21, 9 a.m.).