Wildcat Diamond Report: Sat. 4/14 - Tucson News Now

Wildcat Diamond Report: Sat. 4/14

Solomon Bates pitched seven strong innings Saturday for USC (Photo courtesy: USC Athletics). Solomon Bates pitched seven strong innings Saturday for USC (Photo courtesy: USC Athletics).
Rachel Garcia earned the victory in relief for UCLA pitching four scoreless innings in relief (Photo courtesy: UCLA Athletics). Rachel Garcia earned the victory in relief for UCLA pitching four scoreless innings in relief (Photo courtesy: UCLA Athletics).
TUCSON, AZ -

USC evened up a three-game series with Arizona Baseball on Saturday, topping the Wildcats 12-2 at Dedeaux Field. 

The Trojans (17-13, 6-8) got to starter Michael Flynn (5-2) for five runs on five hits in two innings of work.

Right-hander Solomon Bates (3-1) earned the win for USC, pitching seven innings of two-run ball. 

Alfonso Rivas was the lone Wildcat to register a multiple-hit game, finishing 2 for 4 with two RBI, upping his season average to .351.

Arizona (21-12, 5-6) and USC will play the rubber match in the series is set for Sunday at 2 p.m. 

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Fourth-ranked UCLA clinched the series Saturday night with a 7-3 victory over #12 Arizona Softball at Hillenbrand Stadium, in front of a season-high 2,629 fans. 

The Wildcats have lost five in a row.

HIGHLIGHTS #4 UCLA 7, #12 Arizona 3:

Alyssa Denham (5-3) took the loss for Arizona (27-11, 6-8). She allowed four runs, two earned, on seven hits with one strikeout in six innings. 

Rachel Garcia (12-1) earned the victory in relief for UCLA (36-3, 11-3). She pitched the final four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit with six strikeouts. 

Paige Halstead hit a two-run home run for the Bruins.
 
Game 3 is Sunday at 5 p.m. MST.

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David Kelly contributed to this story

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