TUCSON, AZ - Third-ranked UCLA Softball scored five straight runs after No. 6 Arizona took a 3-0 lead Friday night, defeating the Wildcats, 5-4.
UCLA clinched at least a share of the Pac-12 Championship and ended Arizona’s hopes of a conference title.
Jessie Harper and Dejah Mulipola hit early home runs that gave Arizona a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third inning, but the Bruins plated five two-out runs over the next two innings to turn that three-run deficit to a two-run lead.
Harper’s first-inning homer, a solo shot to left, was her second of the series and 25th of the season to tie the NCAA lead. It was also the 62nd of her career, moving into solo seventh in UA history.
Alyssa Denham (11-5) took the loss allowing five runs over 3.2 innings.
The Wildcats (41-12, 18-5 Pac-12) and Bruins (46-4, 20-3 Pac-12) meet in the rubber match on Saturday at noon.
For the second straight game Arizona Baseball batted around in the first inning, scoring five times on their way to a 12-4 win in the series opener against USC.
Nick Quintana and Dayton Dooney went back-to-back home runs in the first inning. Quintana’s was a three-run shot.
Cameron Cannon also homered for the Wildcats (23-24, 11-14). He finished the night with three RBI.
Randy Labaut (6-3) got the win for UA. He allowed just two earned runs in seven innings with seven strikeouts.
Arizona has won four in a row in conference play.
Same two teams Saturday night at Hi Corbett Field with first pitch at 6 p.m.
For more information on what took place on the diamond Friday for UA head over to ArizonaWildcats.com.
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