Cal Splits Opening Day In San Diego
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – California softball split the first day of the San Diego Classic on Friday, defeating Boston University 4-1 before falling to San Diego State 6-2 at the SDSU Softball Stadium.
Tatum Anzaldo collected three hits on the day for the Bears (14-4), while Sona Halajian added two home runs and three RBI.
Game 1 – Cal 4, Boston University 1
The Bears started Halajian in the circle and she was dominant throughout, not allowing a hit to the Terriers until the top of the fourth. Cal threatened a couple times with runners on base, but wasn't able to put a run on the board until the sixth.
Halajian helped herself out with a solo homer, her fifth of the season, to put Cal in front. After a walk and a Kennedy Thomas single, Candace Yingling gave the Bears insurance with a double down the left field line to make it 2-0. The Bears added two more when Amani Bradley doubled to left center, putting Cal up 4-0 after six complete.
Boston U. got one back on two hits in the seventh, but Halajian got a flyout and groundout to improve to 8-0 in the circle this season. Anzaldo and Bradley both had 2-for-3 afternoons at the plate for the Bears.
Game 2 – Cal 2, San Diego State 6
The Bears kept the momentum going early in the game with Kacey Zobac doubling down the left field line with two down. Halajian followed and connected on a 2-run shot to left, a no doubter that gave Cal a 2-0 lead after the top half of the first.
SDSU got a run back on two hits in the second frame, making the score 2-1. Maggie Balint got hot in the circle for the Aztecs, retiring 12-straight batters and the home team was able to add on in the fourth. They put up five runs on four hits in the inning to take a 6-2 advantage and the Bears weren't able to rally down the stretch.
Cal continues play at the San Diego Classic on Saturday, March 5 with a 1 p.m. first pitch against BYU and a 3:30 start vs San Diego. Both games will be played at the USD Softball Complex.