Arizona (23-5, 0-2 Pac-12) was trailing 3-1 entering the seventh inning. Kellie Fox would hit a three-run homer against her former team to give the Wildcats the lead.
The lead would not last long, though, as Mysha Sataraka homered to begin the bottom of the seventh to tie the game. Three free passes would load the bases with one out for Gracie Goulder, who hit a grand slam to dead center to win the game for UCLA (25-1, 2-0 Pac-12).
The Wildcats had allowed more than three runs in just two games all season prior to game prior to allowing the five-spot in the bottom of the seventh.
UA used four pitchers in the contest. Kenzie Fowler received the bulk of the work, pitching five scoreless innings in relief. The senior struck out a season-most seven batters but did walk eight in the outing. Fowler allowed just one hit over her five innings. Starter Shelby Babcock gave up three runs on five hits in one inning of work. Estela Piñon (6-4) allowed four runs in the seventh while Nancy Bowling faced one batter and allowed one run.
Fox and Lauren Young each had two hits including a homer apiece. Chelsea Suitos, Chelsea Goodacre and Kelsey Rodriguez added hits for UA.
The Bruins struck for three runs in the bottom of the first inning, beginning with Stephany LaRosa’s leadoff homer. The Bruins would tack on three more hits in the inning, leading to two more runs and giving UCLA a 3-0 lead after one inning.
The Cats got on the board in their next at-bat when Lauren Young broke out of a 1-for-15 slump with a homer deep to left field.
After nine consecutive scoreless half innings, both teams lit up the scoreboard in the seventh. Kellie Fox’s three-run homer turned a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 Arizona lead. The lead would not hold, though, as UCLA hit two homers in the bottom of the seventh, including Goulder’s walkoff grand slam.
UCLA and Arizona conclude the series Monday at 5:00 p.m. PT.