One-Run Squeaker Over Troy is Cal's Only Drama in Undefeated Weekend

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In sports, sometimes the entire game will turn on one pass, one save or one touchdown.

For the No. 11 Cal softball team's game against Troy, one hit was all the team needed on Saturday to inch by the Trojans, 1-0, in the Bayer CropScience Classic this weekend in Fresno, Calif.

The Bears (14-2) came into the game after a 12-3 toppling of Bradley (7-17) earlier in the day that included season highs in both home runs and total bases. Jamia Reid, Jace Williams, Jordan Wallace and Victoria Jones all garnered home runs on sophomore pitcher Mackenzie Camp.

The 15 hits Cal tallied against the Braves contrasted to the tight game played against Troy (17-9) later in the afternoon.

Sophomore pitcher Jolene Henderson, who had pitched all seven innings against Bradley, threw a complete-game win against the Trojans. Troy pitcher Ashlyn Williams did not hand Henderson the win easily, however. Between the two of them, they gave up a total three hits in seven innings of a pitcher's duel.

"(Williams) tricked a lot of people," catcher Lindsey Ziegenhirt said. "We hadn't seen anyone who had a good off-speed pitch - it was slower than her others but still had a drop to it."

The Bears had their shot in the third inning when first baseman Wallace got on base due to an error at shortstop. With second baseman Jones' bunt, Wallace pedaled around second to head to third. She dove in safely but when third baseman Kelly Luquette bobbled the ball, Wallace sprung up and ran home for the game's only run.

Riding on the momentum of the run, with Jones still on third, right fielder Elia Reid laid down a bunt in front of the plate to score Jones. However, the umpire called Jones out at home, saying she never touched the plate.

Cal continued its winning ways on Sunday, besting Drake, 3-0.

Bulldog senior pitcher Jenna DeLong managed to strike out six of the Bears but allowed three runs on seven hits, to put her record at 5-4 overall.

Following Cal's bout with the Bulldogs (10-10), the Bears beat another Bulldog team, this time 6-2 over Fresno State (13-5).

"They upset some top-quality teams and we didn't want to be on that list," Ziegenhirt said. "They had the potential to do some damage, and we didn't let them."

One big play came at the top of the second inning. With runners on first and second, Williams doubled in both, allowing the Bears to push by the Bulldogs, 2-1.

"It was definitely a game-changer because we got ahead and stayed ahead," Ziegenhirt said. "They didn't threaten after that really."

Jamia Reid was named the Bayer CropScience Classic All-Tournament Team's most valuable player. Henderson joined her on the All-Tournament team as well.

"I think we did really well," Ziegenhirt said of the team's offense. "Defensively, we cold have done better. We could clean some stuff up, but we are on a roll offensively and defensively with some really good plays."

Tags: CAL SOFTBALL, DIANE NINEMIRE, JAMIA REID, JOLENE HENDERSON


Kelly Suckow covers softball. Contact her at [email protected]



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