LOS ANGELES ?- UCLA exploded for five runs in the sixth inning and four more in the seventh to hand
Trailing 3-2 after five innings, the Bruins’ Gabe Cohen, who lead all players at the plate in going 3-for-5, hit a two-run homer off of Arizona starter Brad Mills in the sixth to ignite the UCLA five-run rally. Mills retired Will Penniall on grounder for the first out in the inning, but ran into more trouble on back-to-back singles by Casey Haerther and Brady Dolan.
With Haerther on first, Dolan dropped down a bunt single that third baseman Brad Glenn fielded cleanly but threw away in an attempt to get the out at first to place runners on second and third and end Mills’ day.
Reliever David Coulon entered and struggled to find the strike zone, walking back-to-back hitters to load the bases and force in a run. He then gave up a RBI single to Alden Carrithers before retiring Brandon Crawford on a run-scoring ground out to make it 7-3 UCLA. Cory Burns took over for Coulon after the ground out and ended the frame with no further damage.
UCLA extended its advantage to 11-3 with four runs on three hits in the bottom of the seventh to put the game away. Carrithers, who finished 3 for 5 with three RBI and a run scored, delivered the big blow in the frame with a two-run double off of Paul Bargas.
UCLA starter Tim Murphy (3-2) picked up his third win of the season after limiting UA to three runs on five hits over six innings. The left-hander struck out nine and walked two on the afternoon.
UA will attempt to stave off its first three-game series sweep of the season on Sunday at 1 p.m. Right-hander Mike Colla is scheduled to start for the Wildcats in the series finale with the Bruins.