The Rainbow Wahine softball team got big plays when they needed, upsetting the #1 ranked team in the country, the Cal Bears, 3-1 in 10 innings in the Spring Fling Tournament.
Stephanie Ricketts engaged Cal's Jolene Henderson in an entertaining pitcher's duel, as the two took turns befuddling each other's batting lineup. Henderson pitched a complete game, 9 inning effort, allowing only 3 hits while striking out 16. Ricketts tossed 10 innings, scattering 7 hits with 7 walks while only allowing a single run. She struck out 12 Bear batters.
The two teams went back and forth all game, with neither being able to plate a runner. However, in the top of the 10th, Henderson reached on an infield error, scoring Danielle Henderson to make the score 1-0.
The Wahine responded in the bottom half. Sarah Robinson singled to left, allowing Kayla Wartner to reach third. Wartner then took home on an errant relay, tying the game at 1.
Jessica Iwata then came to the batter's box, and ended the game decisively. She took a 1-2 deep to the power alley in left field. The ball ricocheted halfway up a light tower as Iwata raced around the bases with a game-winning, walk-off 2-run home run.
The 3-1 win for the Wahine pushed their record to 23-1 overall, the same as Cal.
Bob Coolen's club continues the Spring Fling Tournament Friday when they take on #21 Texas A&M.