Saturday afternoon's 3-2 loss to Arkansas was not a lot of fun for Cal fans. But there was one unquestionably great highlight for the Bears. In the fourth inning, singles by Jamia Reid and Britt Vonk put Bears at first and second. Arkansas then elected to intentionally walk Valerie Arioto to load the bases. The speedy Jamia Reid trotted over to third but then, taking advantage of Razorback inattention, she rounded the bag and stole home.
It was a great moment in an otherwise frustrating game. But since the Bears need to beat this same Arkansas team twice on Sunday to advance to the Super Regionals, check out some video to give you an idea of what the Razorback-Bear match-up looks like.
The Bears got off to a tough start, down 3-0 after the top of the first. Starting pitcher Valerie Arioto wasn't her usual sharp self, and Jolene Henderson relieved her after one third of an inning.
Val stayed in to play first, but frustratingly, was intentionally walked three times, even when first base was not open. This backfired on Arkansas the time Reid stole home, but it repeatedly took the bat out of the hands of the best hitter in college softball.
In the second inning, the Bears got Jamia Reid on first, with Britt Vonk at bat. But in a sign the game wasn't going the Bears' way, Reid got thrown out attempting to steal second -- only the fourth time Reid has been thrown out this year.
The Bears pulled within one run in the fifth on an error by the Razorbacks:
The Bears loaded the bases with two out:
But Kostreba's deep drive was caught on a great play by the Arkansas right fielder.
The Bears were not able to score again, and the final was 3-2 Arkansas. But the Bears came back and won the late game against Boston University (more video on that will be posted when I get a chance) -- and will have more chances against the Razorbacks today.