No. 15/13 Cal Drops 11 Runs on Southern Utah in 11-0 Mercy Win
March 6, 2010
LAS VEGAS - The No. 15/ 13 California softball team rained six runs on Southern Utah in the second inning en route to an 11-0 mercy win against the Thunderbirds on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Bears (15-4) were led by a terrific outing by pitcher Jolene Henderson, who allowed just three hits and faced four batters over the minimum, and junior Valerie Arioto, who had four RBI.
Shannon Thomas was the first baserunner for either team after she got aboard with a walk and then stole second in the bottom of the first. Junior Valerie Arioto then cranked a pitch over the wall in center field for a two-run homer, giving Cal an early 2-0 lead.
Arioto singled down the right-field line to score Shannon Thomas and Jamia Reid, who had reached on a throwing catcher error on her bunt and after being hit by a pitch, respectively. Next up, freshman Lindsey Ziegenhirt doubled to left center to bring around Arioto, distancing the Bears, 5-0. Jayme Goodwin stepped in to pinch run for Ziegenhirt and advanced to third on an illegal pitch. Jace Williams earned a walk and then motored to second, putting two Cal runners into scoring position at third and second.
Frani Echavarria flied out to left, but it was not unproductive because Goodwin scored on the pop up. Illegal pitches moved from second to third and then from third to home on two illegal pitches, bringing Cal's grand total to 8-0.
In the top of the third, Cal shut down the Southern Utah offense following the Bears' six runs, with getting a pop up and then turning two to end the inning.
The Bears tacked on some insurance runs in the bottom of the third. Cal loaded the bases with a single by Jamia Reid, Diane Leider getting hit by a pitch and Amy Bishop walked to bring up Ziegenhirt. Ziegenhirt earned a walk to bring home Reid and continue to juice the bases. The runners further moved around, with Leider scoring, off a wild pitch.
The Thunderbirds singled in each of the fourth and fifth innings but it was of no avail for the Bears' six-run second inning had insured their win.
Cal closes out the tournament on Sunday with a single game against host UNLV at 2:30 p.m.