Softball: No. 1 Bears sweep Beavers, set up season-ending showdown with No. 2 ASU

Jolene Henderson struck out 12 batters and pitched a four-hitter, improving to 28-1, as the top-ranked Cal softball team (48-3, 19-2 Pac-12) scored a 4-1 win over Oregon State (33-19, 8-12) at Corvallis, Ore.

The win completes a three-game road sweep and keeps the Bears atop the Pac-12 standings headed into next week’s regular-season-ending three-game series at Berkeley against No. 2 Arizona State (45-5, 17-2), the defending national champion. Game 1 of the series is Thursday at Levine-Fricke Field. First pitch is at 3 p.m.

Lindsey Ziegenhirt hit a two-run homer for the Bears, who managed just three hits.

— BASEBALL: Junior left-hander Justin Jones pitched a complete-game 2-hitter and the Bears (25-19, 9-12) posted a 8-0 win over Washington State (23-20, 9-11) at Pullman, Wash. Jones walked the first batter he faced, then didn’t walk another. He struck out six and retired the final 15 batters he faced. His 23rd career victory tied Jones for fifth on Cal’s career list.

Junior Mitch Delfino was 4 for 5 with a double, raising his average to a team-leading .381. Junior Vince Bruno was 3 for 4 and drove in three runs.


Jeff Faraudo