Bears Battle With Late HRs, But Fall To No. 6 Washington
SEATTLE - A pair of solo home runs got the California softball team close, but the Golden Bears lost Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader at No. 6 Washington, 6-3, from Husky Softball Stadium.
The Golden Bears fell to 12-10 on the year. This game counted as a non-conference game.
For the second time on Friday, Cal struck first in the opening frame. Mikayla Coelho doubled for the second time on Friday (1 in Game 1). Following a walk to Alexis Bishop, Sona Halajian laced a double to right that scored Coelho, giving the Bears an early 1-0 lead.
Also identical to Game 1, Washington answered in the bottom of the first. After a single and an error, UW stole three bases and evened the game at 1. Starting pitcher Haylei Archer limited the damage after stranding two Huskies in scoring position.
The Huskies scored three in the third to take control of the game. A couple of singles and a hit batter made it 2-1. Later in the inning, with the bases loaded, another RBI single and a sacrifice fly increased the lead to 4-1.
Makena Smith notched her third home run of the season off the left field foul pole to cut the Husky lead down to 4-2. The roundtripper ties Smith for the team lead with Karlee Sparacino.
Coelho got the Bears closer with her solo home run to lead off the sixth, marking Coelho's first long ball of the 2021 campaign.
A pair of RBI singles by the Huskies in the bottom of the sixth gave them their cushion back with a 6-3 lead.
The Bears close the series at Washington tomorrow at Noon.