Grand Slam Gives Bears 7-5 Win Over UCSB
STANFORD - Kacey Zobac's grand slam in the sixth inning completed California's comeback victory over UC Santa Barbara, 7-5, Friday afternoon in the DeMarini Invitational at Smith Family Stadium at Stanford.
The Golden Bears improved to 5-3 on the year.
A day after almost completing a comeback win against BYU, the Bears achieved the feat in their second game of the weekend. UCSB jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after some Cal defensive miscues, but the Bears clamped down after that.
Trailing, 3-2, the sixth inning rally started when Sophie Medellin got hit by a pitch. Cameron Kondo then singled to put two on with nobody out. Lauren Espalin and Makena Smith each walked, and Smith's free pass allowed the tying run to score. Later in the inning, Zobac stepped in and blasted one over the wall in left. It's Zobac's first home run of 2021 - the second of her career - and her first career grand slam.
Zobac wasn't the only Bear to homer on Friday. Smith knocked her second home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth, a solo shot that cut the UCSB lead down to 3-2. Per usual, Smith was a tough out, finishing Friday's game 2-for-2 with a home run, three runs scored, two RBI and a walk.
In the bottom of the third, the Bears tallied their first run of the game without recording a hit. Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases for Aleia Agbayani who got hit by a pitch, allowing Cal's first run of the day to touch home plate.
Chloe Romero pitched a complete game, earning the win and she improved to 3-0 on the year. All of the Gaucho runs were unearned. Romero also collected four strikeouts.
Cal heads home for the final two games of the weekend. The Bears meet UCSB again on Saturday, March 6, at 1 p.m. and Nevada on Sunday, March 7, at noon. Both games will be played at Levine-Fricke Field. A reminder that due to public health guidelines, fans are not allowed to attend home events this season.