Cal To Face Kentucky at 9:30 a.m. PST
May 22, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 11-seeded California softball team now knows its opponent for the Bears' second game at the Columbus Regional - Kentucky. Cal and the 'Cats will play at 9:30 a.m. PST on Saturday morning at Buckeye Field.
Kentucky beat host Ohio State by a final of 6-5 on Saturday morning. The game was restarted after inclement weather forced the stoppage of play on Friday evening.
To follow the game live, please consult the Cal softball twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Calsoftball by clicking here for up-to-the-minute updates and Bear insight. Fans can also watch the game live and for free at http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.
The Bears beat Bucknell, 10-0, in five innings on Friday afternoon to advance to game three of the Columbus Regional.
Saturday's game between UK and Cal is the second meeting this season as well as the second time in program history between the two squads. The Bears earned a 6-1 win over Kentucky on Feb. 13, 2010. Cal scored two runs in both the second and third innings to overpower the Wildcats in Cal's second day at the Kajikawa Classic. Neither team produced any successful offense in the first, but the Bears' bats came alive in their half of the second. Freshman Jolene Henderson led off with a spark, homering to left field. Jace Williams singled to right and moved to second when Elia Reid made her way to first after being hit by a pitch. Thanks to a single up the middle by Frani Echavarria, Williams scored Cal's second and final run of the inning.
Speed was the theme of the bottom of the third for Cal. Shannon Thomas and Valerie Arioto both singled to put themselves on base and then each stole a base to move them to third and second, respectively, when Williams doubled to right center to score Thomas and Arioto. After leaving a runner stranded in the fourth, Cal tacked on two more runs in the fifth. Arioto, who walked and advanced to second on a ground out by Henderson, scored thanks to a Lindsey Ziegenhirt double to left center. Ziegenhirt, who moved to third on an error at short then scored off a sacrifice fly courtesy of Williams for her third RBI of the game.
Henderson sent the 'Cats down in order in the sixth but UK avoided the shutout in the final half inning of the game. Meagan Hull reached on a fielder's choice and came around to score thanks to a single to third by Destinee Mordecai. Henderson then struck out the next batter - Annie Rowlands - looking and got Molly Johnson to ground out to notch her second collegiate win in the circle.