Then-No. 20 Cal softball’s Pac-12 woes continued as it dropped all three games against then-No. 10 Arizona State over the weekend.
Nonetheless, Cal’s one-two punch of redshirt junior Zoe Conley and junior Kamalani Dung was solid again, combining for a 2.59 ERA over 27 innings pitched on the weekend. The two also delivered 29 strikeouts, including 10 in Dung’s complete game effort on Sunday.
At the plate, the Bears were led by junior Lindsay Rood and senior Jazmyn Jackson, who were both 4 for 12 in the series.
Despite the losses, Cal pushed a top-15 team to the brink and battled hard, evidenced by it taking Arizona State to extra innings twice.
The first game between the two squads was an exciting, back-and-forth, 10-inning affair, but the Bears ultimately fell to the Sun Devils, 4-2.
Dung pitched nicely over the first seven innings, allowing only two earned runs and three hits while fanning seven.
Conley pitched the final three frames and was saddled with the loss after giving up two runs in the 10th inning.
Cal’s offense was relatively quiet, but Jackson totaled two of Cal’s five hits and scored a run.
About 24 hours later, Cal lost in 10 innings by two runs once again, falling to Arizona State by a final of 3-1.
Conley threw all 10 innings for Cal and struck out nine batters, but again allowed two runs in the 10th inning and took the loss.
The redshirt junior couldn’t get the run support she needed as the Bears pieced together only six hits while leaving seven runners on base. Jackson and Rood each chipped in two hits, with Rood scoring Cal’s lone run.
In the final game of the weekend, the outcome wasn’t much better as the Bears suffered their first shutout loss of the season, 4-0.
Dung delivered a complete game effort for Cal, allowing three earned runs and striking out 10 batters.
The Bears once again struggled at the plate, mustering only four hits while leaving nine base runners stranded. On the bright side, Rood capped off a fine weekend of hitting with a double, Cal’s lone extra base hit of the game.
Having lost its last four games, all of which came against conference opponents, Cal aims to get back on track with a three-game series against No. 11 Arizona.
Matthew Selman covers softball. Contact him at [email protected]