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#1 UCLA Softball Sweeps DH, Looks to Do It Again Today

The Bruins beat #21 Oklahoma State, 7-2, and South Dakota, 11-1.

Kylee Perez hit a home run in each game last night.
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The #1 UCLA softball team swept their doubleheader Friday night, winning the first game against the #21 Oklahoma State Cowgirls, 7-2, and taking the nitecap against the South Dakota Coyotes, 11 -1 in a mercy-rule shortened 5-inning game.

In the first game, the Bruins used a 4-run first inning that was capped by a two-run single by Madeline Jelenicki to defeat #21 Oklahoma State.

Kylee Perez gave the Bruins an insurance run in the second when she hit a solo home run to straight-away center.

Oklahoma State got on the board in the third but could only score once when Maddi Holcomb was thrown out trying to steal home. Whitney Whitehorn homered in the fourth to cut the Bruin lead to three, but, in the bottom half of the inning, Rachel Garcia hit a two-run home run to make it 7-2, UCLA.

Holly Azevedo held the Cowgirls to just two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out six en route to her 13th win of the season.

In the second game, the Bruins crushed the Coyotes, 11-1 in a mercy rule shortened 5 inning game. The Bruins were first on the board in this one, too.

And, boy, did they get on the board!

UCLA sent 12 batters to the plate in the second inning and came away with 8 runs. Taylor Pack started the scoring with an RBI double. Two batters later, Kylee Perez hit a three-run homer to right for her second home run of the day. Aaliyah Jordan’s RBI single made it 5-0, UCLA. With two out and the bases loaded, Bubba Nickles cleared the bases with a double and the Bruins led 8-0.

UCLA added three insurance runs in the third to give the Bruins an 11-0 lead.

In the circle, Johanna Grauer didn’t give up a run until the fifth. She pitched all five innings and allowed six hits and no walks while striking out six for here fourth win of the season.

This afternoon, the Bruins flip the order and play South Dakota first and Oklahoma State in the nitecap.

This is your UCLA Bruins Saturday non-conference doubleheader open thread.

Go Bruins!!!