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UCLA Softball Advances to Regional Finals Against Cal State Fullerton

The Bruins beat San Jose State 10-2 in 6 innings yesterday.

Delaney Spaulding hit her second HR in two days to lead the Bruins past San Jose State.

Yesterday, the Bruins picked up where the left off on Friday. Not only did Rachel Garcia pitch a no-hit first inning, but the Bruin hitters also continued their offensive tear.

Delaney Spaudling led off the game with a walk. Kylee Perez would then move her to second with a bunt single. Briana Tautalafua hit a sacrifice fly to center that allowed Spaulding to advance to third and subsequently score on a Spartan fielding error to give UCLA an early 1-0 lead.

Bubba Nickles got things started in the second when she double to right center and she scored on a single by Zoe Shaw. Spaulding then hit her second homer in as many games to put the Bruins up by 4.

Selina Ta’amilo came into pitch in the bottom of the the second for UCLA and, despite giving up two walks, she kept San Jose State off the board until the third inning. The Spartans were only able to get one run in the third and it was 4-1, Bruins.

In the top of the fifth, Tautalafua got a lead-off walk and Madeline Jelenicki joined Spaulding in the two homers in two days club with a shot to center. Rachel Garcia then made it back-to-back homers for the Bruins with a shot of her own to right center, giving UCLA a 7-1 lead.

It appears that Tautalafua was feeling left out of the two homers in two days club that Spaulding and Jelenicki had started. So, she started off the sixth inning with a two-run homer to center that also scored Perez. The Bruins would add one more run on a San Jose State fielding error and UCLA led 10-1 after five and a half.

The Spartans would need at least two runs in the bottom of the sixth to avoid losing the game via the mercy rule, but they could only muster one run on a wild pitch from Johanna Grauer and the Bruins won the game 10-2.

Meanwhile, in the fourth game of the Los Angeles Regional, Cal State Fullerton topped Lehigh 10-8 to eliminate the Mountain Hawks. That set up a rematch of Game 1 between the Titans and the Spartans in Game 5.

Just like Friday night, it was a pitchers’ duel. But, this time, Cal State Fullerton came out ahead 1-0 to advance to today’s Regional Final.

If UCLA wins Game 6, they win the Region and advance to the Super Regionals next weekend. If CSUF wins Game 6, the teams will play a deciding Game 7 to determine the Regional champ. Game 6 will begin at 4pm and Game 7, if necessary, will start at approximately 6:30pm.

Go Bruins!