Cal Picks Up Second Win Over Baylor In Honolulu
HONOLULU – California got four hits on the day from Tatum Anzaldo, along with a second complete game in as many days from Sona Halajian on the way to a split of day three at the Rainbow Wahine Classic on Friday.
The Golden Bears (18-7) opened the day with an 8-5 win in eight innings over Baylor, their second victory of the tournament over the Bears, before falling to No. 1 Oklahoma 8-0 in the back side of the doubleheader.
Game 1 – Cal 8, Baylor 5 (8)
The Bears got on the board first in the top of the third behind a pair of hits and some quality softball. Kennedy Thomas led off the inning and after a walk, fielder's choice and single from Anders Cal had the bases loaded with one down. Smith got the job done with a sacrifice fly to right, plating Amani Bradley for a 1-0 lead.
Starting in the circle for the second straight game, Halajian allowed just one Baylor hit through the first three innings. Cal added on in the top half of the fifth on a couple of hits. Amani Bradley recorded a leadoff single and after an Anders walk, Smith hammered a 3-run moonshot to left center to put Cal up 4-0.
Baylor (12-9) battled back in the bottom half of the fifth, plating four runs on five hits and an error, all with two outs. Neither team could push anything across in the sixth or seventh as the game headed to the international tiebreaker.
Cal got the bats going in the top of the eighth, scoring four runs on four hits. D'Asha Saiki pushed across the first Golden Bear run with an RBI groundout and Candace Yingling, Bradley and Anzaldo followed with RBI singles to put Cal on top, 8-4.
Baylor got a run back in the bottom half, but that was it as Halajian (10-2) earned her second complete game win in as many games. Anzaldo and Bradley both recorded two hits apiece to lead California.
Game 2 – Cal 0, No. 1 Oklahoma 8 (5)
Oklahoma (18-0) got on the board first in the opening frame, scoring a run after a two-out walk and a single. The Sooners added two more in the second off of two hits and two walks to make it 3-0 after two complete.
Anzaldo continued her hot day at the plate, recording two hits in as many at-bats off of Oklahoma ace Jordy Bahl, including a double in the top of the third.
The Sooners added five in the fourth and Cal couldn't get anything going in the fifth as OU closed out the game.
Cal wraps up play at the Rainbow Wahine Classic on Saturday, March 12 with a 4 p.m. PT first pitch against Hawai'i.