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Softball: Bears one win away from World Series

The top-seeded Golden Bears (55-5) blanked Washington 5-o in the NCAA softball super regionals at Levine-Fricke Field and need just one victory on Sunday to secure their 12th trip to the College World Series.

Slugger Valerie Arioto, rarely given a pitch to hit in recent games, blasted a two-run homer in the first inning and Jolene Henderson threw her 16th shutout of the season.

Arioto now has 23 home runs on the season — an ongoing school record — and 54 for her career.

Henderson improved to 5-0 in the postseason, her ERA dipping to 0.57 over the past two weekends.

Game 2 is Sunday at 4 p.m., with a third game, if necessary, at 6:30 p.m. The games are sold out, but will be aired on ESPN2.

Jeff Faraudo

  • steveNTexas

    Even if you’re not a softball fan- its worth watching just to see a Cal Team dominant on national TV.

  • Rollonubears

    Indeed! The band, and shots from Sproul and Strawberry Canyon make me miss the campus like never before. Great turnout for the game. This is what happens when you’re #1 in a sport that’s televised. We need to get back to our 2007 ways again. Go Bears!

  • covinared

    I liked that double play.

  • wehofx

    I know I’m gonna get grief but the 2nd baseman is a Hottie a and she hit a HR.

    Balling. Go Bears!

  • steveNTexas

    We won and never gave up a run in the Super Regional.

    We will lose some great seniors but have some great returners too. This is the year to watch though.

  • steveNTexas

    Rollon -Right its great to see pictures of Cal during the game. I’m so far away and we have no mountains. Best was seeing Sproul Hall yesterday – I used to spend much of my days sitting on the steps with my friends. There was always something going on and lots to see.