UCLA sweeps Arizona

By Eric Wein

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Thoughts of having to outdo their record last season no longer has to distract the UA softball team.

Their phenomenal run last year included only three losses in a 67-game schedule. After last weekend, the Wildcats (39-4 overall, 5-3 in the Pacific 10 Conference) have already lost more games than they did all of last year after dropping three of four this weekend.

The Wildcats can focus on their goal of their fourth national championship while avoiding comparisons to last year.

Arizona split a doubleheader with Cal State-Fullerton Sunday afternoon with a 5-3 win and then a 9-4 loss.

Jenny Dalton, Laura Espinoza and Nancy Evans all homered for the Wildcats in the first game. Espinoza hit her 26th homer of the year with a solo blast in the second game.

Leah O'Brien (2-0) earned the win in the first game after coming on in relief during the fifth inning. Nancy Evans (17-3) suffered the loss in the nightcap.

Arizona had been ranked No. 1 in the USA Today/NSCA coaches poll for the first five weeks of the season but will likely slip to No. 2 in this week's poll behind UCLA (25-2), which beat the Wildcats twice last Saturday. The UA hadn't been swept in a doubleheader since April 23, 1991.

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