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Bears Run-Rule No. 12 Ducks

Mar 25, 2022

EUGENE, Ore. – California scored 11 runs combined in the fifth and sixth innings on the way to an 11-2 run-rule victory over No. 12 Oregon on Friday night at Jane Sanders Stadium.

It was the first win since 2019 for the Bears (21-10, 3-1 Pac-12) against the Ducks (22-5, 2-2 Pac-12). Cal collected 10 hits to Oregon's six and run-ruled the Ducks for the first time since 2016. Cal head coach Chelsea Spencer and volunteer assistant coach Kailee Cuico were honored pregame in their return to Jane Sanders Stadium after coaching at Oregon from 2013-18.

Tatum Anzaldo, Acacia Anders and Kennedy Thomas all had two hits apiece for the Bears. Sona Halajian picked up her conference-leading 13th win in the circle.

The Ducks got in front in the bottom of the first, taking a 1-0 lead on a double and a steal of home. Cal got singles from Thomas and Anzaldo in the first three frames, but the Bears left four on base and trailed 1-0 after three complete.  

Cal, however, got the bats going in a big way to start the fifth. After a Bradley walk and a fielder's choice, Anzaldo doubled to left to score the first run and Anders tripled off the wall in right center to make it 3-1, Bears, and chase Oregon starter Jordan Dail.

Halajian followed and crushed a shot to deep center field, her ninth homer of the year, making it 5-1 Cal after the visitor fifth. The Bears poured it on in the sixth, adding six more runs on five hits and two Oregon errors, including RBI singles by Anders and D'Asha Saiki to push the score to 11-1 after the top half of the frame.

The series between Cal and No. 12 Oregon continues Saturday with a 2 p.m. first pitch from Jane Sanders Stadium. The game will be streamed on Pac-12 Insider.  

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