April 30, 2012
Cal sweeps UCLA in rematch of former Elk Grove softball stars

In a series that included a rematch of former Elk Grove-area softball stars, top-ranked Cal swept No. 14 UCLA in three games over the weekend in Berkeley.

Former Sheldon pitching star Jolene Henderson won two games and saved another as the Golden Bears climbed to 45-3 overall and 16-2 in the Pacific 12. UCLA fell to 33-15 overall and 9-9 in conference.

Henderson, a junior, went the distance and also drove in two runs in Sunday's 10-3 win as she upped her record to 26-1 with 1.12 ERA. On Saturday she earned a save with two innings of relief in Cal's 8-0, six-inning win. On Friday she struck out nine and allowed three hits in pitching the Golden Bears' to a 3-0 win.

Henderson was the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year last season and an Easton First-Team All-American.

She is one of three former Sheldon players contributing for Cal.

Henderson's younger sister, Danielle, a freshman, is the team's starting third baseman and is hitting .302. Junior catcher Lindsey Ziegenhirt has started 27 games and has not made an error in 210 chances.

Former Pleasant Grove standouts Ally Carda and Alyssa Tiumalu are playing for UCLA, the 2010 NCAA champions.

Tiumalu, a sophomore catcher, has started 19 games and is hitting .163. Last season Tiumalu was named to the All-Pac-10 Freshman team and was fourth on the squad with nine home runs and a .556 slugging percentage.

Carda, a freshman pitcher-first baseman-designated hitter, is 13-4 with a 3.32 ERA and is hitting .298 in 40 starts.

Last December, Carda helped Team USA win the 2011 International Softball Federation Junior Women's World Championship gold medal in Cape Town, South Africa. She pitched a 14-strikeout, no-hitter on Dec. 9 in a 5-0 win against China.



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