Bears Beat Utes, 6-4, Take Series
BERKELEY - Aleia Agbayani's RBI double to center in the bottom of the sixth proved to be the gamewinner in California's 6-4 victory against Utah Sunday afternoon from Levine-Fricke Field. The Golden Bears took three out of four against the Utes, improving to 16-12 on the season and 3-6 in Pac-12 play.
After starting the week with a win at Saint Mary's, Cal has now won four of its last five games.
Utah jumped out to a 3-0 lead after a bases-loaded walk in the second, and the Utes padded that lead with two more in the third.
Makena Smith took charge for the Bears once again this weekend with a two-run homer to right in the bottom of the third that cut the Utah lead down to one. It was Smith's third HR against the Utes this weekend, one in each day of the series.
Cal took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Sophie Medellin just missed a home run with an RBI double to left that smacked off the top of the wall to tie the game. Morgan Zamora followed that up with a bloop single to right-center that gave the Bears a 4-3 lead.
Utah led off the top of the fifth with a solo homer to right, evening the game at four.
Entering the game as a pinch hitter, Agbayani went 2-for-2 on Sunday, and she delivered an RBI double in the sixth that went all the way to the wall in center, scoring Amani Bradley and giving Cal a 5-4 lead. The Bears added an insurance run later in the inning off of a Utah error. Mikayla Coelho bunted with two runners on and the Utah catcher's throw to third was wild, allowing Agbayani to score a valuable insurance run.
Chloe Romero entered the game in relief of starter Haylei Archer. Romero shut the door on the Utes' offense, allowing just the solo homer in the fifth, and she struck out four batters in three and two-thirds innings of work.
Cal heads to Stanford next week from April 16-18. The series will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. The Bears and Cardinal split two non-conference matchups earlier this season on The Farm.