Julie Marshall, Tairia Mims both homer in losing effort.
LOS ANGELES - The No. 2 Arizona Wildcats became the first Pac-10 team this season to hand UCLA a loss, downing the No. 3 Bruins by a 6-4 margin in their home conference opener on Friday afternoon at Easton Stadium. With the victory, Arizona improves to 44-4 (7-1 Pac-10), while UCLA falls to 31-6 (6-1 Pac-10).
Arizona took the lead early with a two-run first inning, aided by an error by UCLA shortstop Natasha Watley. With runners on first and second, Lindsey Collins hit a grounder to Watley, who threw the ball over the head of third baseman Julie Adams, allowing Lauren Bauer to score from second base.
Entering the bottom of the second inning down 2-0, catcher Julie Marshall stepped to the plate to lead off, and promptly launched her ninth home run of the season down the left field line and over the fence.
The Wildcats answered with another run in the top of the third, on a leadoff double by Toni Mascarenas and a sacrifice fly by Lindsey Collins to give them a 3-1 lead.
In the bottom of the third, Watley slapped down a single, stole second, and was hit home on an RBI single by second baseman Lyndsey Klein. Klein then took two bases on a groundout by Marshall and scored on a wild pitch by Wildcat starting pitcher Becky Lemke.
The score would remain tied until the top of the sixth, when UA put together a three-run rally. Scoring concluded in the bottom of the frame with a one-out bomb to centerfield by UCLA freshman Tairia Mims.
The Bruins return to action on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., playing host to No. 4 Arizona State. The weekend homestand concludes on Sunday with a 1 p.m. start against the Sun Devils. Both games are at UCLA's Easton Stadium.