Arizona softball run-ruled by Cal

BERKELEY, Calif.Arizona pitchers issued seven walks, six of which would end up scoring, as the Wildcats were run-ruled for the first time this season in a 9-1 decision at California on Saturday.

Arizona (33-9, 8-6 Pac-12) managed just four hits off of Cal starter Stephanie Trzcinkski, three of which came off the bat of Kelsey Rodriguez, who was responsible for the Wildcats’ lone run of the game on a solo homer in the first inning.

Arizona pitchers allowed just six hits in the six-inning loss, but the numerous free passes were costly.

Cal (21-16, 4-5 Pac-12) scored seven runs in the first inning on just two hits. After a leadoff double and a strikeout, Kenzie Fowler (7-4) walked the next four batters she faced, bringing in two runs to surrender Arizona’s early 1-0 lead. Estela Pinon entered and walked in a run before giving up a grand slam to Vanessa Alvarez to give the Golden Bears a 7-1 lead after one inning.

Arizona rarely threatened offensively afterward, putting a runner in scoring position just twice the rest of the game, both times with two out in an inning.

After three innings of one-hit ball from Pinon, Babcock entered in the fifth and issued a leadoff walk in the fifth. After a pair of singles, Allea Laxamana hit a sacrifice fly to extend Cal’s lead to seven runs.

Cheyenne Cordes hit a leadoff homer in the sixth to end the game.