Hours after Arizona State punched its ticket to the Women’s College World Series semifinals, Cal did the same, eliminating conference rival Oregon with a 6-3 win and setting up a matchup with Alabama on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
“I’m really proud of this team and their will to win,” Cal coach Diane Ninemire said. “Hopefully we will have a great game tomorrow like we did tonight.”
Cal, the tournament’s top-ranked team, is coming through the loser’s bracket and must beat Alabama twice.
But for this night, they could celebrate a season saved by the long ball.
Four of the six Golden Bear runs came via the home run. The scoring started with Jace Williams’ first inning, three-run bomb to center and closed on Victoria Jones’ solo shot to center.
“We had great timely hits tonight,” Ninemire said. “Jace came through with a great three-run home run and Danielle Henderson had a big hit down the line.”
In between, Jolene Henderson pitched another brilliant game, scattering six hits, giving up three runs and winning her 38th game of the season.
“Jolene did a great job tonight,” Ninemire said. “Six out of the seven leadoff hitters she was able to retire.”