March 7, 2012
BERKELEY, Calif. - Jolene Henderson tossed over five perfect innings in the circle and Breana Kostreba had a grand slam home run in the bottom of the first, setting the pace for No. 1 California as the UC Davis softball team dropped an 11-3 contest in six innings to the top team in the nation on Wednesday at Levine-Fricke Field.
The Aggies (6-15) had no base runners in the first four innings before exploding in the top of the fifth for three runs on three hits. The Golden Bears (17-0) were able to end the game early however, adding three runs in the bottom of the sixth for the final 11-3 score.
Kayla Tyler broke up the no-hitter with an RBI single and would later come around to score, while Kylie Fan added a RBI double and run scored. Jamia Reid had a game-high three hits for Cal, while Victoria Jones added a three-run home run to end the game.
Cal got started at the plate early and often, lighting up the scoreboard with four runs in the bottom of the first thanks to three hits and one error. A bunt single, walk and error loaded the bases for the Golden Bears with just one out in the inning. Kostreba managed to take advantage, sending a grand slam home run over the right field fence for an early 4-0 advantage.
Cal continued with a steady offensive attack, adding two runs in both the second and third innings to take a 8-0 lead. In the second, the Golden Bears used a hit and error to bring two runners home. Cal added five more hits in the third, including a solo home run for Danielle Henderson and a RBI single for Reid.
After Jessica Thweatt and Justine Vela combined to pitch the first three innings, Melanie Russell stepped into the circle in the fourth and went on to throw two scoreless innings while tallying three strikeouts.
Heather Zimmerman was the first Aggie base runner, reaching first on an error in the top of the fifth. Tyler and Fan followed with RBI hits to score the first two runs of the innings. Kelly Zboralske was also credited with a RBI after reaching on a fielder's choice, making the score 8-3.
The Golden Bears managed to end the game in the bottom of the sixth, posting another three runs on two hits. A lead-off single and fielder's choice brought up Jones, who sent a three-run shot into left field to make the final score 11-3.
Henderson picked up the win and improved to 10-0 on the season after 5.1 perfect innings and seven strikeouts. Arianna Erceg threw 0.2 innings for Cal and allowed two earned runs on three hits. Jessica Thweatt took the loss for UC Davis and dropped to 2-7 after allowing five earned runs and five hits.
UC Davis will be back in action this weekend, playing five games over three days as part of the Aggie Stampede II. The Aggies will face Idaho State three times and Sacramento State in a pair of games at the UC Davis hosted tourney.