LOS ANGELES – No. 12 UCLA used a big rally in the fifth inning to notch a 7-5 win over Arizona on Saturday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
The result clinched a series win for the Bruins (14-3, 4-1 Pac-12) after opening the three-game set with a 5-1 triumph on Friday.
The Bruins sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six runs during the decisive fifth-inning rally, turning a three-run deficit into a 6-3 advantage.
Junior left fielder Carson Yates had the biggest swing of that rally, crushing a 3-1 offering from Arizona’s Dawson Netz and putting it into the netting beyond left field for a go-ahead three-run home run.
Junior right fielder JonJon Vaughns and senior catcher Darius Perry added RBI knocks during the inning, which was helped along by three free passes and a pair of wild pitches from Arizona pitchers.
Vaughns then added a solo home run in the seventh to cap the Bruins’ offensive production.
UCLA’s bullpen combined to toss 6 2/3 innings with one earned run against after starter Alonzo Tredwell was knocked out in the third inning.
Freshman righty Michael Barnett got the first eight outs of the relief relay, striking out a pair while ceding just one run. He did some heavy lifting in the half-inning before UCLA’s go-ahead rally, working around an error and a base hit to get out of the inning unscathed and keep the Bruins within striking distance. He was ultimately rewarded with his first-career win.
Senior lefty Jake Saum…
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