NORMAN, Okla. – Tatum Anzaldo hit a solo homer but it wasn’t enough for the California softball team in a 5-1 loss to Missouri in the Norman Regional opener on Friday.
The Golden Bears (33-20-1) got two hits from Kacey Zobac in the loss. Jenna Laird went 4-for-4 to lead the Tigers (35-24).
Mizzou jumped in front early with a 2-run home run off the bat of Alex Honnold in the first, digging a hole for the Bears right away. Anzaldo tried to rally back in the home half with a laser of a home run over the wall in left in the fourth pitch she saw.
Zobac recorded her 13th double of the season in the fourth with two down and a 3-1 deficit, but a strikeout ended the Cal threat. The Tigers added two insurance runs in the seventh and Cal was unable to get anything going in the bottom half.
Cal faces Hofstra in an elimination game on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. PT. With a victory, the Bears advance to face the loser of No. 1 Oklahoma and Missouri at 5:30 p.m. PT.