#5 Arizona Softball is broken in Berkeley

The Golden Bears end an eight-game skid to UA dating back to 2016

California 1, #5 Arizona Softball 0 (9)

TUCSON, AZ - Fifth-ranked Arizona fell for the first time in Pac-12 play on Saturday, dropping a 1-0, nine-inning game to California.

The loss ended Arizona’s 21-game winning streak and was the first for the Golden Bears over UA since 2016, snapping an eight-game skid.

A pitcher’s duel between Alyssa Denham and Cal’s Kamalani Dung needed nine innings to settle, with the Golden Bears walking off with the game’s only run on an RBI single by Karlee Sparacino in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Arizona (39-8, 16-1) managed just two hits in the game, but stranded nine runners against Dung, who walked seven in the shutout. Denham allowed one run on three hits in 8.2 brilliant innings.

The Wildcats will try to win the series against Cal (26-24, 4-15) on Sunday in a game that begins at Noon.

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David Kelly contributed to this story.