OKLAHOMA CITY--No. 2-ranked Arizona (58-8) snapped out of a funk created by suffering Thursday night's perfect-game loss and smacked three home runs among 11 hits in beating California, 6-0, to stay alive in the loser's bracket of College World Series action Saturday afternoon.
UA pitcher Becky Lemke (30-6) scattered five hits and pitched through situations which resulted in the Bears (49-25) stranding 11 runners. She struck out five. UA will face top-seeded and No. 1-ranked Washington in an elimination game later Saturday at 9:30 p.m. CDT. The Huskies lost to UCLA in winner's bracket action earlier Saturday morning.
Arizona, which had been the victim of a perfect game in its opener, doubled its output of College World Series with two in the first to take a 1-0 lead. With one out, Nicole Giordano singled up the middle and an out later scored on Toni Mascarenas' single down the rightfield line.
Chrissy Gil's high fly ball down the right field line sailed over the fence for a solo home run in the second to push the lead to 2-0. It was her eighth of the year.
Cal threatened in the second when Pauline Duenas was hit by a pitch, Toni Mascrenas' throw on Paige Bowie's sacrifice bunt caused both runners to be safe and Courtney Scott sacrificed both runners up. But Mascarenas threw Duenas out at the plate on a grounder by Amber Phillips and Lemke struck out Eryn Manahan to end the inning.
UA added two more runs in the third with its short game. Lauren Bauer walked, stole second and moved to third on a single by Giordano, who stole second. One out later Mascarenas singled in Bauer, then Collins single in Giordano.
The Bears stranded three more in the third, loading the bases with a walk sandwiched around two infield singles, but Lemke retired the side on two foul flies.
Allison Andrade lined the first pitch of the sixth inning over the center field fence to make it 5-0. Mascarenas lined the first pitch in the seventh over the fence in left field to close the scoring for UA. She finished the day 4-for-4 with three RBI.
Arizona 6, California 0 Post-Game Notes