Cats Drop Finale to Bears

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 four errors behind pitcher Sarah Akamine (11-3), the most since booting five 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 four hits to the nation's highest-scoring offense, striking out nine in the complete game.

Stacie Chambers and Karissa Buchanan, Arizona's two hottest bats in conference play, each had a pair of hits.

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.

They broke the game open in the fifth, scoring four more on second baseman K'Lee Arredondo's gaffe and Kristen Arriola's third error of the game.

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.

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