May 2, 2010
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Some poor defensive play from the No. 3 Wildcats helped lift No. 13 California to an 8-0 win in six innings Sunday.
Arizona committed five errors behind pitcher Sarah Akamine (11-3), the most since booting the same number in an 11-0 loss to Oklahoma on March 18, 2007. Akamine, then a freshman, took her first collegiate loss in five innings that day.
It was UA's second time on the wrong end of a mercy rule this season. The Cats dropped an 11-1 decision in five innings to Arizona State on April 2 in Tempe.
Valerie Arioto (18-7) allowed three hits to the nation's highest-scoring offense, striking out nine in the complete game.
Cal (36-15, 6-9 Pac-10) jumped all over Akamine early with the help of two UA errors. The Bears sent seven batters to the plate and scored two runs off the bat of Jace Williams.
After another UA error in the sixth, Arioto hit a two-out single up the middle to plate two more and give Cal the run-rule margin.
Arizona dropped to 40-8 overall and 10-5 in Pac-10 play. They now sit two games behind league leader Washington, who downed Oregon State today.
The Cats will head to Eugene, Ore. next weekend for a series with the Ducks.