Bears Drop Pair In San Diego
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – California softball dropped a pair of decisions on day two at the San Diego Classic on Saturday, falling to BYU 5-0 and San Diego 5-4 in eight innings at the USD Softball Complex.
The Bears (14-6) were led by a 5-for-7 day at the plate from Sona Halajian. D'Asha Saiki added two hits for Cal.
Game 1 – Cal 0, BYU 5
The Cougars started fast, putting three runs on the board in the top of the first to take an early lead. California struggled to string together hits, but got a runner in scoring position in the fourth via a one-out double from Sona Halajian. BYU was able to get out of it with two straight lineouts and it was still 3-0 heading to the fifth.
Halajian was strong in the circle after giving up the three early runs, allowing just two hits through the next five innings. Annabel Teperson came on in relief in the seventh and the Cougars were able to add two more. Cal wasn't able to get anything going in the bottom of the seventh.
Game 2 – Cal 4, San Diego 5 (8)
USD was able to get on the board early, scoring four runs on two hits and three Cal errors in the first. The Bears started to battle back in the third, getting a run on a Torero error to make it 4-1. Cal added two more in the fourth to get within a run. Amani Bradley ripped a shot to right for a triple and scored on another USD throwing error, before Halajian came through with an RBI single inside the left field line to plate Tatum Anzaldo.
The Bears tied the game in the sixth on a bases loaded Kennedy Thomas walk, but couldn't push the go-ahead run across the plate. After Cal couldn't score in the top half of the international tiebreaker, the Toreros plated the winning run on a walk-off wild pitch.
Cal wraps up play at the San Diego Classic on Sunday, March 6 with a 12 p.m. first pitch against UCSD at the Triton Softball Field.