The loss snapped a modest two-game winning streak for
Battling a stiff wind blowing in from right field, the two schools struggled in the early-going and combined to exchange the lead four different times through the first four innings.
The Bruins countered with a four runs on three hits and pair of UA errors in the second to take its first lead in the game, 4-2. Ryan Babineau and Blair Dunlap picked up RBI-singles in the frame.
The Bruins then went on to take the lead for good with a run in the fifth on a sac-fly by Babineau, and added three more runs in the sixth and eighth innings for a 13-6 advantage.
After getting roughed up in the through the first three innings, Huff settled down to blank Arizona over the next five innings before giving up a pair of runs in the ninth. The left-hander improved to 4-2 on the year with the full-nine effort, and finished with 11 strikeouts against just one walk. He surrendered eight runs on the night, six earned.
UA starter Brad Mills (3-3) was charged with loss after giving up seven runs, four earned, on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings of work. He struck out five and walked three.
Offensively, UCLA rapped out 15 hits in the game, with eight of the nine starters finishing with at least one base knock. No. 8 hitter Josh Roenicke and No. 9 hitter Babineau led the way for the Bruins, with each player collecting two hits, a stolen base and three RBI. Roenicke also chipped in with two runs scored in the winning effort.
UA’s Jon Gaston extended his hitting streak to nine straight games in the loss, finishing 2 for 5 with a RBI and two runs scored. Plante added three RBI on two hits, and Brad Boyer went 3 for 5 with three runs scored for the Wildcats.