softball-d1 flag

UCLA Athletics | May 6, 2017

No. 12 UCLA tallies mercy-rule win over No. 3 Arizona

  With the win on Friday, UCLA has won 11 of its last 12 matchups against Pac-12 rival Arizona.

LOS ANGELES — After making outs in each of their first eight at-bats, the 12th-ranked Bruins had eight hits in their next 16 at-bats, including a game-ending home run by freshman Bubba Nickles to give UCLA an 8-0, five-inning victory on Friday at Easton Stadium.

RELATEDOregon joins top five in latest NFCA Coaches Poll | Full NFCA Coaches Poll

The Bruins (38-12, 12-7 Pac-12), who ran their winning streak to nine, had eight hits from seven different players, as sophomore Brianna Tautalafua was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs batted in. In the circle, redshirt freshman Rachel Garcia improved to 16-7, striking out four in five shutout frames, allowing just two hits. She retired the final eight batters of the game, striking out two in the second. Arizona (47-6, 17-5) had just three baserunners for the contest.

UCLA strung together a two-out rally in the bottom of the third. Sophomore Zoe Shaw got the Bruins' first hit of the game with a single through the 3-4 hole, senior Delaney Spaulding followed with a single to right to move Shaw to third and junior Kylee Perez doubled down the left-field line to bring home Shaw to make it 1-0. Tautalafua then had a two-bagger to right-center to bring in Spaulding and Perez to increase the lead to 3-0.

The Bruins scored on an error in the fourth. With one out and Gabrielle Maurice on first, the senior stole second and scored when Nickles reached on a two-base error to make it 4-0.

UCLA ended things in the fifth with a four-spot. Perez led off by reaching on an error, moved to second on a single to third by Tautalafua and scored on a single up the middle by junior Madeline Jelenicki to up the lead to 5-0. Two outs later and with two on, Nickles wrapped up the game, launching her ninth homer of the season to left-center to finish off the 8-0 victory.

The Bruins and the Wildcats continue their three-game series on Saturday at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

UCLA softball will be dominant in 2021 with the return of Rachel Garcia and Bubba Nickles

UCLA was 25-1 when the 2020 season came to an end. Now, with the return of several premier arms and bats, the Bruins don’t appear to be letting off the gas in 2021.
READ MORE

College basketball rankings: Alabama, Ohio State and UCLA all rise in this week's Power 36

Alabama, Ohio State and UCLA all made gains in the Power 36 college basketball rankings for Jan. 11.
READ MORE

College basketball rankings: Michigan, UCLA, Clemson take big steps forward in first Power 36 of 2021

College basketball's first Power 36 rankings of 2021 are out. Michigan, UCLA and Clemson all took big steps forward. Find out which other teams are trending upward in the latest rankings.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners