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Softball: Henderson’s no-hitter keeps Cal alive

By Jeff Faraudo
Saturday, May 18th, 2013 at 6:10 pm in NCAA Tournament, Softball.

Senior Jolene Henderson powered Cal to a 6-0 win over Valparaiso (35-27) on Saturday afternoon, keeping the Bears alive in the Ann Arbor Regional of the NCAA tournament.

Cal (38-18) plays Sunday against No. 7 Michigan (47-10), which beat the Bears 5-0 earlier in the day. The Bears must beat the Wolverines twice to win the Regional and advance to the Super Regional round next week.

Cal is 7-2 all-time vs. Michigan, but the Wolverines have won the past two meetings, including Saturday’s matchup.

Henderson struck out seven, walked no one and allowed just one baserunner (on an error) in her seven-inning gem. It was her fourth career no-hitter.

Victoria Jones drove in two runs for the Bears and Khala Taylor had three hits.

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  • Eric

    Joelen better get into the Cal Hall of Fame. Four no-hitters?

  • Jeff Faraudo

    Eric — Jolene Henderson is very good. But for some context, consider that 73 no-hitters have been thrown in Cal softball history, including an astonishing 25 by Olympian Michele Granger (five of those perfect games). Henderson’s four no-hitters ties her for fourth-most by a Cal pitcher.