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Bears Beat Titans; Split Day Two In Fullerton

Feb 12, 2022

FULLERTON, Calif. – California softball earned a split on day two at the Easton Classic, coming back from a 1-0 six-inning loss to Ole Miss with a 7-3 victory over host Cal State Fullerton on Saturday at Anderson Family Field.

The Bears moved to 3-1 on the season with the split, paced by a five-hit day from Tatum Anzaldo and two complete game performances in the circle by Anna Reimers and Haylei Archer.

Game 1 – Cal 0, Ole Miss 1 (6 innings)

The Bears had chances to push across a run in the second-fifth innings, leaving a pair of runners on base in each of the frames. Cal out-hit Ole Miss 7-5, but the Bears were just .200 (2-for-10) with runners on base in the game.

The freshman Reimers had a strong performance in her first collegiate start in the circle, going six innings while giving up just one earned run on five hits allowed. Anzaldo continued her impressive start two the season, adding two hits in three at-bats. She was 6-for-10 at the plate in the first three games of the season.

Acacia Anders, Makena Smith, Sona Halajian, Hope Alley and Olivia Silvestre added a hit apiece for California in the game.

Game 2 – Cal 7, Cal State Fullerton 3

The Bears got on the board right away in the first. Anders laced a 1-out double to left center and the bases were loaded after back-to-back walks for Smith and Bishop before Anders raced home on a wild pitch.

After the Titans put up two runs of their own in the bottom half of the first, Cal answered in the second. Anzaldo started a 2-out rally with her seventh hit in 12 at-bats to start the season, a line drive up the middle. Anders turned a great at-bat into a walk and Smith followed with a hot shot to third, resulting in an infield single to load the bases for Bishop.

Bishop hammered a 1-2 pitch over the fence in right center for a grand slam as the Titan outfielders could only turn and watch, making it 5-2 California.  

CSF threatened in the fourth, putting runners on second and third with one out. Anders made a great stop on a hard shot to third and tagged the Titan runner trying to dive back to the base for the second out. Archer was able to get out of the inning with a groundout to Alley at second.

The Bears rallied again in the sixth, scoring two runs on two hits and an error. Kacey Zobac recorded a 1-out single up the middle, her second hit of the day to start the rally. Diamond Holland pinch ran and moved to second on a fielder's choice. After a popout and a walk, Anzaldo laced a single up the middle scoring Holland and Alley came around on a fielding error by the center fielder to make it 7-3, California.

Up Next:
Cal returns to Anderson Family field for the final game of the Easton Classic on Sunday, Feb. 13 with first pitch coming against Colorado State at 10 a.m.

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