Bears And Utes Split Saturday Doubleheader
BERKELEY - The California softball team ended Saturday's doubleheader against Utah on a high note by taking Game 2, 6-4, splitting the doubleheader and winning two of the first three games in the weekend series from Levine-Fricke Field. The Golden Bears lost the first game of the doubleheader, 4-3.
In Game 1, Cal (15-12, 2-6) got on the board in the bottom of the second. After the Utes took an early 1-0 lead, Morgan Zamora slapped an RBI single to left that sent Sona Halajian home. The Bears took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third after Halajian blooped a single into center that scored Kennedy Thomas.
Utah scored a run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to take a 4-2 lead. D'Asha Saiki got the Bears a little closer when she ripped a solo home run to right in the bottom of the sixth, but Cal couldn't get any closer in Game 1.
Halajian was Cal's starting pitcher in Game 1, striking out four Utes in three and two-thirds innings of work. Mikayla Coelho went 2-for-3 in Game 1, as well.
Following a 30-minute break, the Bears wasted no time in striking first in Game 2, which counted in the standings as a non-conference game. Cal put two on the board in the opening frame, courtesy of a towering two-run home run off the bat of Halajian. A seeing-eye RBI single to right by Makena Smith increased Cal's lead to 3-0.
Starting pitcher Haylei Archer was cruising along until a rough patch in the top of the fourth ended with Utah tying the game at three. But her battery mate picked up her pitcher when Smith belted a three-run homer to left-center in the bottom of the fourth that gave Cal its three-run lead right back.
Along with Smith's two hits, Sabrina Nunez singled twice and Tatum Anzaldo scored twice.
Archer went six complete in Game 2, striking out three with two earned runs and two walks. Chloe Romero entered the game in the seventh to earn her second save of the season.
The series concludes tomorrow at noon, and will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.