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Cats defeat UCLA, win Pac-12 Championship

Posted at 9:04 PM, May 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-08 00:04:49-04

Arizona closed out the regular season with a bang, defeating 12th-ranked UCLA 7-2 to clinch its 11th conference championship in program history, and first since 2007.

Danielle O'Toole (27-4) was dominant for Arizona. The senior allowed just two runs on four hits in her 23rd complete-game of 2017.

The Wildcats opened the top of the first with four straight hits, punctuated by a Jessie Harper grand slam, her 19th homer of the year and second grand slam in a week.

Harper went 2-for-3 with five RBI to lead the charge in the batter’s box while Mandie Perez had three hits and Reyna Carranco added two.

The Wildcats were No. 3 in this week's committee rankings, and have likely put themselves in a position to host both regionals and super regionals for the first time since 2011. The Pac-12 Championship auto-bid clinched Arizona's 31st straight NCAA Tournament appearance, a new NCAA record.  The bracket will be revealed on Sunday, May 14 at 7 p.m. MST on ESPN 2.