Beats Power Cal To Run Rule Wins Portland State
TEMPE, Ariz. — California softball used an offensive burst to edge Portland State, 11-2, in five innings Saturday afternoon at the Littlewood Classic at Farrington Stadium.
The Bears (6-2) recorded 11 hits and two home runs a day after going just four total hits against the Vikings (6-3). Makena Smith hammered a 2-point shot to the opposite court and Candace Yingling poured it out with a grand slam in the third set.
Sona Halajian recorded his second win in as many days and fourth of the season in the circle, going five innings and allowing just two runs on six hits with four strikeouts.
HOW DID IT HAPPEN
Bears bats were alive as early as Tatum Anzaldo started the match with a forward single Acacia Ander followed by a double down the middle putting the runners at second and third with no outs. Smith tackled Anzaldo to an RBI groundout to make it 1-0 Cal, but a lineout double play ended the inning.
After going through another run in the second, Cal poured it for a third 8-run frame. Anders started the inning with a walk and after a long Smith at bat where she fouled multiple pitches to stay alive, the junior went to the opposite court with a commanding home run to right field on the 19th.and of his career to make it 4-1 Bears.
Cal wasn’t made like Halajian and Alexis Bishop followed by consecutive singles before Sophie Medellin drew a walk to load bases for Yingling. She cleared the bases by firing a shot over the fence into left field to make it a 9-1 Cal advantage.
Cal returns to Farrington Stadium for the final day of the Littlewood Classic on Sunday February 20. The Bears open with a 9:30 a.m. PT first pitch against Minnesota, followed by a 12:00 p.m. PT start against UTEP to wrap up the tournament. .
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