LOS ANGELES - Senior Jessica Hall and junior Ally Carda combined on a three-hit shutout with nine strikeouts, while Carda drove in what proved to be the game-winning run, as the third-ranked Bruins completed a three-game sweep of #6 Arizona with a 2-0 victory on Monday at Easton Stadium.
With the win, the Bruins improve to 26-1 overall and 3-0 in Pac-12 play, recording their first three-game conference sweep of Arizona since 2006. The Wildcats fall to 23-6 and 0-3 in league action.
Hall relieved Carda to start the fourth inning and picked up the victory to improve to 9-0. She fanned two in her 2 1/3 innings, giving up one hit and four walks. Carda started and ended the game and earned her first save of the year. She struck out seven in 4 2/3 innings, giving up two hits and three walks. The junior fanned a pair in the second and three in the seventh.
Arizona had the leadoff batter reach in every inning but the sixth, including doubles to open the first, second and fourth frames. Following a double by Hallie Wilson to open the contest, she was forced at third on a comebacker to Carda. With Chelsea Suitos at first, Kellie Fox struck out looking and Suitos was thrown out trying to steal by sophomore Brittany Moeai for the double play.
The Wildcats had the bases loaded in the fourth with one out, but Hall caught a Mo Mercado liner back to the circle and induced Katiyana Mauga into a line out to freshman Delaney Spaulding at short to end the threat.
The Bruins broke through with two runs in the fifth. Senior Alyssa Tiumalu got UCLA's first hit of the game with a single to left and was pinch-run for by junior Jessica Amaral, who moved to second on a walk to junior Gracie Goulder. One out later, Carda singled up the middle to bring home Amaral from second to make it 1-0, as Goulder advanced to third and Carda to second on the throw home. Then with Spaulding at the plate, Arizona's Kenzie Fowler uncorked a wild pitch, as Goulder dashed home with UCLA's second run.
Arizona had one last chance with runners at second and first and one out in the seventh, but Carda struck out Fowler and Fox to end the game.
The Bruins travel to #5 Washington for another weekend wraparound series. UCLA plays Saturday, March 22 at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 23 at 3 p.m. and Monday, March 24 at 2 p.m. The Sunday and Monday contests will be aired live on Pac-12 Networks, with free audio available for Saturday's game at UCLABruins.com.