Hawaii 5-0 – California Golden Bears Athletics
HONOLULU – California had an outstanding performance in the circle of Sona Halajianas well as three days of success from Kacey Zobac and Tatum Anzaldo on their way to a 5-0 win over host Hawai’i at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium on Thursday night.
The Bears (17-6) opened a close game late with four runs in the sixth and seventh innings, powered by a 3-point shot from Halajian to end any chance of a comeback for the Rainbow Wahine (5-7). Halajian went a full game in the circle, scattering just five hits while striking out nine Hawaiian batters.
HOW DID IT HAPPEN
Halajian was strong out of the gate in the circle, striking out the first seven UH batters she faced before allowing first baserunner one hit per pitch. She got help from Zobac in the top half of the second, when she went deep over the left wall for her fourth homer of the season and a 1-0 lead for Cal.
Working in the middle of the innings, Halajian blocked a pair of Rainbow Wahine runners in the third and fourth to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the fifth.
The Bears managed to get insurance for Halajian in the sixth behind a pair of hits. Zobac scored their third hit of the day, a right-hand single, and went all the way when Sophie Medellin scored a brace down the left field line to make it 2-0 at California.
Halajian helped herself a lot in the seventh, shooting a 3-point shot from dead center for her team-leading seventh homer of the season, earning her ninth win of the season in the circle.
Cal continues to play the Rainbow Wahine Classic on Friday, March 11 with a double against a pair of Big 12 opponents. The Bears face Baylor at 2:30 p.m. PT, followed by a first pitch at 5:30 p.m. PT against No. 1 Oklahoma.
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