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Late Offense Carries Bears Past Baylor

Mar 9, 2022

HONOLULU – California used an offensive explosion in the sixth inning to build a lead and held on in the seventh for a 7-6 win over Baylor to open the Rainbow Wahine Classic with a wild victory on Wednesday at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.  

Tatum Anzaldo and Acacia Anders both homered for the Bears (16-6), while Makena Smith came back to the lineup and had a 2-for-3 day at the plate with a double.  

After Haylei Archer sat down the BU batters in order to start the first in the circle, Cal jumped on the board early in the bottom half. Anzaldo and Anders both singled off of Baylor pitcher Dariana Orme and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt from Smith. Sona Halajian followed with a line drive RBI sac fly to center, scoring Anzaldo.

Baylor got one back in the top half of the second on back-to-back singles and a sac fly to make it 1-1 after two complete.

It was a pitcher's duel through the middle innings with neither team able to collect more than two hits. Archer gave up just one hit and a hit by pitch in innings 3-5, retiring nine of 11 batters faced.   

The Bears blew it open in the bottom of the sixth, scoring six runs on three hits after a Candace Yingling pinch-hit bases loaded walk made it 2-1 Cal. Anzaldo stepped up to the plate and crushed a grand slam to the opposite field, her second home run in as many games and third of the year for a four-run lead. Cal wasn't done, as Anders made it back-to-back homers for the Bears and a 7-1 lead.

Baylor wasn't done and fought back in the top of the seventh. After two base hits, BU got a 3-RBI triple to pull within 7-4 and a two-run homer, making it 7-6 and recorded two more singles before Halajian got a flyout to end the game.

Cal continues play at the Rainbow Wahine Classic on Thursday, March 10 with an 8 pm PT first pitch against host Hawai'i.    

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