Bears Sweep Day Two At DeMarini Invitational
STANFORD, Calif. – California softball put up 18 runs and 22 hits in two games to sweep the second day of action at the DeMarini Invitational on Saturday at Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium.
The Bears (11-3) opened the day with a 10-0 run rule victory over Fresno State and took down Mount St. Mary's 8-5 in the second game of the day. Makena Smith hit two home runs and recorded four hits while Kacey Zobac went 4-for-5 in the two contests. Acacia Anders added three hits for California.
Game 1 – Cal 10, Fresno State 0 (5)
Cal got on the board early for the second straight day against the Bulldogs, taking a 1-0 lead in the first on a Smith sacrifice bunt laid perfectly down the first base line. The Bears added two more in the second frame when Olivia Silvestre raced home on a wild pitch and Aleia Agbayani tagged and scored on an Amani Bradley sac fly to right to make it 3-0 after two.
The Bears poured it on in the third, scoring five runs on seven hits. Smith hit her fifth homer of the season, curling it inside the left foul pole and Zobac gave a ball a ride off the wall in right, racing all the way home for an inside-the-park home run. Cal led 8-0 through the top of the third.
Anders singled to start the fourth and California scored two more on doubles from Smith and Zobac. Sona Halajian was tough in the circle, allowing just four hits while striking out four to earn her sixth win of the season.
Game 2 – Cal 8, Mount St. Mary's 5
The Mount jumped out in front, scoring two runs on a hit and two errors in the top of the first. Cal got one back in the bottom half, however, when Smith went opposite field to right center, her second home run of the day and sixth of the season.
Cal kept the offense moving in the bottom of the second, scoring three runs on four hits to take its first lead of the game. Zobac and Candace Yingling started the frame with base hits, followed by a Kennedy Thomas RBI single and a 2-run Amani Bradley single up the middle to make it 4-3 after two.
Anders led off the third with a base hit, her third of the day, and came around to score on a Halajian shot through the left side to make it 5-3, California. The offense kept going in the fifth as Cal put up three runs on three hits, including doubles from Smith and Zobac.
Halajian entered in the seventh and recorded a clean inning, earning her first save of the season.
Cal wraps up action at the DeMarini Invitational on Sunday, facing Mount St. Mary's with a 10 a.m. first pitch at Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium.