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Arizona baseball completes sweep of No. 7 UCLA

What a series for the Wildcats

Rachel Huston

The Arizona Wildcats defeated the UCLA Bruins 6-3 on Sunday to complete the sweep of the No. 7 team in the nation.

Arizona’s RPI has jumped from 46th to 38th as a result.

Arizona starter Juan Aguilera was spectacular, going 6 1/3 innings allowing six hits, walking three, and striking out five. He did allow two runs on a third-inning homer by UCLA second baseman Chase Strumpf.

Arizona’s lone reliever was even more dominant than Aguilera. Zach Sherman struck out five in 2 23 innings, allowing just one hit — a single in the ninth.

That runner scored on an RBI single after stealing second and advancing to third on a passed ball by catcher Cesar Salazar. Salazar was injured on the play but stayed in the game.

After two pitcher’s duels Thursday and Friday, Arizona’s offense picked up Saturday.

Centerfielder Cal Stevenson doubled to lead off of the game. He would later on score on a throwing error and Salazar would knock in a run later in the inning with an RBI single up the middle.

In the third inning, UA first baseman Alfonso Rivas homered on the first pitch he saw to get Arizona the lead back after UCLA had tied it with a two-run homer.

Rivas’ drive landed beyond the Terry Francona Hitting Center in right field.

Arizona scored its fourth and fifth runs one inning later. Designated hitter Tate Soderstrom scored on a triple by fellow freshman Donta Williams, who then scored on a sacrifice fly out by sophomore right fielder Matt Frazier.

Arizona second baseman Seve Romo hit an RBI double in the sixth to make it 6-2.

With the win, Arizona is now 28-17 overall and 10-11 in the Pac-12, helping their NCAA Tournament resume.

“Every game is a playoff game,” UA coach Jay Johnson said.

Arizona stays at home for one game Tuesday against GCU before heading to Cal for a three-game series.