Bears Beat Lancers Behind Four-Run Third Inning
STANFORD - A four-run third inning boosted California to a 7-4 victory over California Baptist Saturday afternoon in the Stanford Invitational from Smith Family Field.
The Golden Bears improved to 3-2 on the year.
After having her 22-game hitting streak snapped Friday night, Makena Smith went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBI and a walk to lead the Cal offense. This marked Smith's second three-hit game of the season after going 3-for-4 against Saint Mary's last Sunday.
Lauren Espalin and Sophie Medellin also notched two hits in game one of Saturday's doubleheader. Espalin also posted an RBI, scored a run and stole a base.
After trailing, 2-0, after an inning and a half, the Bears took control of the game in the bottom of the third. Mikayla Coelho started the inning with a walk before back-to-back singles by Smith and Espalin brought Coelho around to score. With the bases loaded, Kacey Zobac reached base on a fielder's choice, allowing Smith to score and tie the game at two. Kennedy Thomas gave the Bears the lead with an RBI single, and Cameron Kondo earned an RBI with a bases-loaded walk to plate Cal's fourth run of the frame.
Cal added to its lead in the bottom of the fourth. Sophie Medellin singled to left, bringing Smith around to score from second and increase Cal's lead to 5-2.
Smith collected her two RBI in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI single that plated Karlee Sparacino and Cameron Kondo.
Nine of Cal's 10 hits were singles. The lone extra base hit was a double by Zobac in the bottom of the sixth.
Alexandra Perez got the start, but was relieved by Chloe Romero in the top of the third after a lead-off double. Romero earned the win, her second in as many days vs. the Lancers, allowing one earned run, four hits, no walks and collecting four strikeouts.
Cal plays Stanford in a rematch from Friday night later tonight.