Defense, Archer Lift Bears Past Pacific
BERKELEY – Haylei Archer went five strong innings in the circle and California used a 4-run third to get past Pacific, 5-1, on Wednesday afternoon at Levine-Fricke Field.
Archer came on in relief of starter Annabel Teperson and gave up just five hits and no runs for the Bears (13-3). Alexis Bishop, Sophie Medellin, Kennedy Thomas and Amani Bradley each had an RBI for Cal, while Medellin and Tatum Anzaldo tallied two hits apiece.
HOW IT HAPPENED
After the Tigers took the lead in the top half of the third, Cal answered in the bottom part of the frame. Anzaldo led off with an infield single before coming all the way around to score on an Acacia Anders bunt single when the Pacific defense lost track of her on the bases.
With the game tied 1-1, Bishop doubled to right center, plating Kacey Zobac after she walked to give Cal its first lead at 2-1. Medellin added insurance right away, scoring Bishop with a single to left and she came around on a Thomas single, making it 4-1 through three.
The Bears added one more insurance run in the fifth when Bradley hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring pinch-runner Diamond Holland. Cal played outstanding defense all afternoon, turning two double plays in the middle with Anzaldo and Anders helping Archer escape jams.
Cal travels south for five games in three days at the San Diego Classic, beginning with a 12 noon first pitch on Friday, May 4 against Boston University.