Arizona Baseball

Arizona drops last game of series to UCLA

UCLA won the rubber match of its three-game series with Arizona, prevailing 7-3 on Sunday at Hi Corbett Field.

The Wildcats (17-7, 6-3 Pac-12) lost to UCLA (15-8, 3-3) after forcing a deciding game with a 4-2 win on Saturday night. UCLA won a series at Hi Corbett for the first time since 2012.

Arizona next plays a non-conference game Tuesday at Grand Canyon at 6:00 p.m.

Arizona starter Dawson Netz (2-1) pitched five innings, allowing four runs on five hits while striking out three.

The Arizona bullpen held UCLA to three singles in the last four innings.

Down 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth, Arizona rallied to tie the game on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly from Tyler Casagrande. UCLA responded quickly with a two-run home run by designated hitter Josh Hahn in the top of the sixth to take the lead for good.

UCLA freshman right-hander Thatcher Hurd (2-0) allowed just one run over six innings for the victory.

He was especially dominant early on, retiring the first 13 batters of the game. Arizona broke up that streak with back-to-back singles in the fifth.

The Bruins held Arizona – which entered the weekend averaging 8.3 runs per game – to nine runs overall on the weekend. The Wildcats’ six hits Sunday was just one above their 2022 season-low.

Hahn was one of several Bruin standouts offensively, as the top eight batters in the order all reached at least once. Freshman center fielder Malakhi Knight (2-6, two RBIs), freshman second baseman Ethan Gourson (1-3, two walks), graduate first baseman Jake Palmer (1-2, walk, two HBPs), and graduate left fielder Kenny Oyama (2-4, walk) all reached multiple times.

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