California scored nine runs in the top of the first inning and the Golden Bears went on to a 10-1 win over the University of Hawaii softball team on Wednesday night in the opening game of the Jack in the Box Spring Fling Tournament.
Cal (8-7) sent 14 batters to the plate in the top of the first and freshman Katie Sutherland-Finch struck out five and gave up three hits in the complete-game win.
UH freshman Heather Morales took the loss as the Rainbow Wahine fell to 9-8. UH faces Pacific at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Cal opened the game with a double and single and Danielle Henderson launched her sixth home run of the season to give the Bears a 3-0 lead.
Cal loaded the bases on walk, a bloop single and a bunt single and added two more runs on walks to LaRisa Jones and leadoff hitter Cheyenne Cordes. Kylie Reed cleared the bases with her second hit of the inning, a three-run double to center field. Breana Kostreba added an RBI single and Cal led 9-0 when the inning finally ended.
Rainbow Wahine shortstop Sarina Jaramillo drove in Sharla Kliebenstein a two-out double to center field in the second inning for UH’s lone run.
Loie Kesterson entered the game in place of Morales with two out in the first inning and gave up one run in 3 1/3 innings. Keiki Carlos threw an inning of shutout relief in the fifth.