#2 UCLA 4, #5 Washington 0

Heather Tarr (UW Media Relations)

SEATTLE - Ally Carda fired her seventh shutout and 10th complete game of the season and Mysha Sataraka had three hits, including a home run, as the second ranked Bruins beat the fifth ranked Huskies 4-0 in the finale of a three game Pac-12 series at Husky Softball Stadium on a sunny Monday afternoon.

553 fans attended the rare Monday matinee and saw the Bruins win the series two games to one and improve to 5-1 in the Pac-12 and 28-2 overall while the Huskies dropped to 2-3, 21-7.

UCLA applied the pressure on Husky pitchers Bryana Walker (13-4) and Kaitlin Inglesby throughout the game. They had at least one baserunner on in every inning and stole five bases.

After leaving two runners on base in the first inning and another in the second, the visitors finally broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third to go up 1-0. With one out Delaney Spaulding walked and scored on a long single to right center by Stephany La Rosa.

Spaulding scored again in the top of the fifth to make it 2-0. She led off with a line single to left center against Inglesby, stole second, took third on a passed ball by Bridget Raftery, and scored on a wild pitch.

The Bruins made it 4-0 with two insurance runs in the top of the seventh. With one out La Rosa walked and Sataraka drove a 1-2 Inglesby pitch just over the wall in left center field for her team leading ninth home run and runs batted in No. 31 and 32.

In the circle Carda (17-1) allowed four hits, a double to Dani Braun and singles to Jennie McNeill, Kelli Suguro and Inglesby. She did not walk a batter and struck out five.

The biggest Husky threat came in the bottom of the sixth with one out. Braun, pinch hitting for Raftery ,lined a double down the left field line and Suguro singled to right. Unfortunately for the home team, Jelly Felix threw a perfect strike to La Rosa to nail Braun attempting to score.

Washington also had two runners on in the third with two outs when Carda hit Victoria Hayward and McNeill with pitches in successive at-bats, but Hooch Fagaly popped out to second to end the inning.

For the Huskies, Walker got the loss in the circle, going three innings, She allowed one run and four hits while walking three and striking out three. In relief, Inglesby allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits. She walked three and struck out one.

The Huskies play their next seven games on the road, beginning with a three game Pac-12 series at Oregon March 28-30. After a single game at Seattle U on April 1, they play another road series at Stanford April 10-12.

Their next home game will not take place until April 17 when they welcome Arizona State for a three game series.

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