Recap: Pair of fifth inning homers lifts Cal softball over Utah, 3-2

Pac-12 Networks' Jordan Watkins and Jenna Becerra take a closer look at California softball's 3-2 triumph over Utah on Friday afternoon in Berkeley. The Golden Bears found themselves in a hole, down 2-0 halfway through the fifth inning. But a pair of home runs from Makena Smith and Alexis Bishop gave Cal a late lead that it wouldn't relinquish. After Chloe Romero pitched 4.1 innings of 2-run ball, Haylei Archer came in relief to throw 2.1 shutout innings and earn her seventh win of the season. The Utes came up short despite a complete game effort from Mariah Lopez who allowed three earned run and fell to 4-9 on the season.

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JORDAN WATKINS: Final score here at Berkeley. The Golden Bears coming back late to get the win 3 to 2. And a phenomenal job by Haylei Archer. You see her there screaming with the teammates as they get the first win in this four-game series.

So here's how everything happened. It's really all about that fifth inning, Jenna.

JENNA BECERRA: It really was. I mean, a pitcher's duel up until that point, and just the hitting adjustments. You love to see it. The Utes coming back, getting on top, getting on the board.

JORDAN WATKINS: The Utes go up first. You see the home run for Palacios, and then Halle Morris with the single, bringing home the fast Haley Denning. And looked like the Utes, they were going to get all the momentum, but all of a sudden Cal has other ideas.

JENNA BECERRA: Don't count them out. Makena Smith-- we talked about her early-- just absolutely crushes one out of here to make something happen for the Bears. You love to see the excitement coming into home plate.

But they weren't done yet. Alexis Bishop the Rawlings Player of the Game, Jordan.

JORDAN WATKINS: Yeah, an absolute monster of a home run. Take a look at that swing. Weight on the back foot, and sent the moon shot out over the left field wall. And I'm sure Coach Spencer loved to get the fact that it went right over the national championship sign.

JENNA BECERRA: Yeah, no big deal. That's a win in itself.

JORDAN WATKINS: And last but not least, Cal, when they needed to, they turned to Haylei Archer, the sensational freshman in the circle, and she was phenomenal.

JENNA BECERRA: Tons of energy, both in terms of velocity and physically, but also just emotionally. Lots of fist pumps all day long. Got a lot of momentum from her offense and from her defense behind her, and she closed it out like a champ.

JORDAN WATKINS: As you mentioned, a couple of good plays behind her. And that is how Cal got things done.

Again, final score 3 to 2. Six hits for the Golden Bears, five for the Utes. No errors for Cal-- I'm sure Coach Spencer will love that-- and two for Utah.


That is how we will finish it today. We will see you tomorrow. We have two of them between the Golden Bears and the Utes. See you then.