Arizona Softball Faces UCLA in Westwood This Weekend

click to enlarge The Arizona Wildcats (40-11) play UCLA (45-3) in Westwood this weekend. - CHRISTOPHER BOAN

  • Christopher Boan
  • The Arizona Wildcats (40-11) play UCLA (45-3) in Westwood this weekend.

The sixth-ranked Arizona Wildcats (40-11, 17-4) face their stiffest conference test this weekend, facing third-ranked UCLA for three games in Westwood, California.

The Wildcats enter the weekend series off a three-game sweep at the hands of the Washington Huskies, who beat Arizona by a combined score of 12-6.

Arizona goes into their final Pac-12 regular season series with a chance to take the regular season conference title, sitting two games behind the Bruins in the conference standings.

The Bruins (45-3, 19-2) took two of three from the Stanford Cardinal last weekend in their previous Pac-12 action.

UCLA is led by pitcher Rachel Garcia, who is 20-0 this season with an ERA of 0.71 in 23 appearances this season.

In 2018 the Wildcats were swept in three regular season games against the Bruins at home, and were swept by UCLA in the NCAA Tournament’s Super Regional round.

Tonight’s series opener is slated to start at 7 p.m. at UCLA’s Easton Stadium, with the Pac-12 Network carrying all three games this weekend.

Who to Watch: Keep an eye on the aforementioned Garcia in the pitcher’s circle for UCLA, as well as hitter Bubba Nickles, who is batting .403 this season, with a team-high 13 home runs and 55 RBIs for UCLA. Another hitter from UCLA to keep an eye on is Briana Perez, who is hitting .398 this year, with 10 doubles and 39 RBIs to her credit.

How to Watch: The three Arizona-UCLA softball games will be shown on the Pac-12 Network, with Thursday’s game starting at 7 p.m., Friday’s at 5 p.m. and Saturday’s finale at noon. 

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