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Archer Leads Bears Past Bulldogs

Feb 25, 2022

STANFORD, Calif. – Haylei Archer set a new career-high with nine strikeouts as California softball opened the DeMarini Invitational with a 6-0 win over Fresno State on Friday at Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium.

The Bears (9-3) got a 3-run homer from Sona Halajian, RBI hits from Kacey Zobac and Kennedy Thomas, along with a 2-hit day at the plate from Makena Smith. Archer threw a complete game, allowing just one Bulldog hit as she improved to 3-1 on the season.  

Archer started the game strong in the circle, recording a pair of strikeouts during a clean first inning. In the bottom half of the opening frame, Cal loaded the bases with 1-out after two walks and a Smith bunt single. The Bears weren't able to push anything across after back-to-back strikeouts.

Cal broke through in the bottom of the third behind a couple of extra base hits. Acacia Anders reached on an error and moved to third on Smith's second hit of the day, a double down the left field line. Halajian followed and cleared the bases with a 3-run bomb way over the fence in left center, her third of the year to make it 3-0 Cal through three full.

The Bears added another run in the fourth, manufacturing it with quality softball. Sophie Medellin turned a long at-bat into a walk and came around to score on a sac fly from Anders to make it 4-0 after four.

California wasn't done scoring, adding two more in the fifth. Zobac recorded an RBI single to bring home pinch-runner Olivia Silvestre and Diamond Holland ran for Zobac, coming all the way around from first on a Thomas RBI double.  

Cal continues play at the DeMarini Invitational on Saturday with a pair of matchups. The Bears battle the Bulldogs again at 10 a.m., followed by a 12:30 p.m. first pitch against Mount Saint Mary's at Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium.

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