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California Punches Semifinal Ticket at WCWS With Win Over Oregon
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – California’s Jace Williams and Victoria Jones each had home runs in Saturday’s 6-3 win over Oregon at the Women’s College World Series that eliminated the Ducks and sent California to the national semi-finals for the first time since 2004.
The first of the two long balls for California came in the first inning when Williams sailed one into the stands in center field, scoring Britt Vonk and Frani Echavarria in the process, to give Oregon the early 3-0 lead.
The Golden Bears (58-6) pushed their lead out to 5-0 in the second inning when Britt Vonk doubled to right field, allowing Jamia Reid and Danielle Henderson to cross the plate. In the next inning, the Ducks finally got on the board with a home run of their own, a solo shot to centerfield courtesy of Samantha Pappas.
However, California shut down the Ducks in the bottom of the frame with pitcher Jolene Henderson retiring the side in order.
On Sunday, California will take on Alabama for a spot in Monday’s WCWS Championship Series. However, if California were to advance they would need to beat Alabama twice. The first game between the two teams is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CT, with the “If Necessary” game to follow at 8:30 p.m.