LOS ANGELES, Calif. – No. 6 Arizona softball wasted a plethora of offensive opportunities while also wasting a gem by pitcher Kenzie Fowler as UA dropped game three of the Pac-12-opening series at UCLA, 2-0.
Arizona (23-6, 0-3 Pac-12) put its leadoff hitter on in each of the first five innings, and six of the seven innings, including three leadoff doubles, but was unable to score a single run, stranding six runners in the process. UA had the bases loaded with one out in the fifth and stranded all three of them.
Kenzie Fowler (3-2) did not allow a hit until the fifth inning, when she allowed two hits, the only hits surrendered by Fowler in the game. The senior allowed two runs while striking out four and walking six in the two-hitter.
UA had three hits in the game, all doubles, all which led off innings. Hallie Wilson, Chelsea Goodacre and Kellie Fox all recorded one.
Third-ranked UCLA (26-1, 3-0 Pac-12) swept the series for the first time since 2006.
It would come around to bite Arizona in the bottom of the fifth when UCLA, after getting its first hit of the game, scored two runs to take a 2-0 lead.
The Cats had runners in every single inning and had runners in scoring position with less than two out in all but two frames, but could not come up with a big hit. UCLA's pitching duo of Jessica Hall (9-0) and Ally Carda combined to strikeout nine Arizona batters in the game.
Arizona is back in action in a doubleheader on Wednesday at UNLV beginning at noon PDT.
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