WCWS: Cal eliminates Oregon

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.
BY ANTHONY SLATER Staff Writer aslater@opubco.com Published: June 2, 2012
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The top seed is still alive and the historically dominant Pac-12 is still looming.

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.”