Arizona Softball

Last regular-season Pac-12 game between rivals Arizona & UCLA will decide series

Arizona waits to greet Dakota Kennedy after she belted a home run in Saturday’s win over UCLA (Arizona Athletics photo)

The last regular season Pac-12 game between Arizona and UCLA will take place in Los Angeles with the series in the balance after the No. 19 Wildcats beat the No. 9 Bruins 8-4 on Saturday night.

Former Arizona All-American and Olympian Caitlin Lowe earned her 100th coaching victory with the Wildcats.

Arizona (32-14-1, 13-10 Pac-12) out-hit UCLA (29-10, 13-4) with 13 hits and tallied eight RBIs in Saturday’s win.

The rubber match is Sunday at 2 p.m.

UCLA leads the series against Arizona 103-61, dating to 1980. The Bruins won nine consecutive games against the Wildcats dating to 2021 before the Wildcats’ win Saturday.

Three Wildcats – Dakota Kennedy, Emily Schepp and Allie Skaggs – homered in the game to upset UCLA.

Skaggs led the team with four RBIs and went 3 for 4 at the plate.

Four other Cats – Kaiah Altmeyer, Olivia DiNardo, Kennedy, and Schepp – tallied two hits each.
After two scoreless innings from both teams, Skaggs hit a three-run home run – her 13th of the season – to give Arizona a 3-0 lead in the top of the third.

In the bottom of the inning, UCLA responded with a three-run home run by former Wildcat catcher Sharlize Palacios to tie the game. The Bruins took a one-run lead on an RBI double.
Schepp tied the game at 4 in the top of the fourth with a solo home run – her fifth of the year.
The Wildcats rallied for four runs in the sixth to take an 8-4 lead.

With two outs, Kennedy hit a three-run home run to give Arizona the lead. Skaggs then singled up the middle to score Regan Shockley from second base to round out the inning.
Brooke Mannon earned the win after pitching the final three innings and allowing just one hit to improve to 5-2. 

Aissa Silva went 2 2/3 innings, striking out one batter and allowed four runs.

Miranda Stoddard entered in the third in relief of Silva. Stoddard pitched 1 1/3 innings and held UCLA scoreless on one hit.

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