Bruins bring sweeping end to Arizona Softball's season

Bruins bring sweeping end to Arizona Softball's season
(Cover photo courtesy: UCLA Athletics)
(Cover photo courtesy: UCLA Athletics)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - 3rd seed UCLA overcame an early Alyssa Palomino 2-run home run to beat 14th seed Arizona 3-2 Friday in Los Angeles and sweep their NCAA Softball Super Regional Series 2-0.

UCLA (56-5) moves on to their 28th Women's College World Series while the Wildcats (43-16) season ends for a fifth straight year in the Super Regional round.

The Wildcats took an early 2-0 lead on an Alyssa Palomino homer in the first, but single runs by the Bruins in the second, third and fourth innings gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead that they would not relinquish.

Taylor McQuillin (28-12) took the loss for Arizona, pitching seven innings and allowing three runs on eight hits with five walks and four strikeouts.

The first-team all-conference and all-region performer ends her season as the nation's current leader with 15 shutouts.

For the second straight night, Rachel Garcia (27-3) earned the win for UCLA. She gave up two runs on four hits with nine strikeouts.

The Wildcats have won eight national championships but they have failed to reach the WCWS now in eight consecutive seasons.

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