This evening, UCLA Softball takes another step on their Quest for 114 when they start play in the NCAA Los Angeles Super Regional against the Ole Miss Rebels.
Last weekend, UCLA tore through the LA Regional easily defeating Lehigh, San Jose State and Cal State Fullerton, beating each by eight runs.
Against Fullerton on Sunday in the regional final, the Bruins jumped ahead in the top of the first when Madeline Jelenicki hit a two-run homer with Kylee Perez on base to give UCLA a 2-0 lead.
Fullerton got one back in the bottom of the inning to make it 2-1.
In the fifth, UCLA relied again on the long ball as Paige Halstead hit a solo homer and Brianna Tautalafua hit a grand slam, giving the Bruins a 7-1 lead.
In the top of the seventh, Bubba Nickles doubled to drive in two insurance runs. Fullerton was unable to doing anything in the bottom of the inning and UCLA completed their sweep of the regionals.
Meanwhile, Ole Miss also advanced relatively easily as well. The Rebels blanked Southern Illinois 8-0 in a 5-inning mercy rule win and followed that with a 2-0 shutout of Arizona State. In the regional final, they topped North Carolina 7-2.
So, this weekend’s best-of-3 series should be a battle between teams with good pitching who have been scoring a lot of runs. The key to the series is whether the Bruin bats can stay as hot as they were last weekend. If UCLA’s tear continues, they coud ride it all the way to Oklahoma City.
The Bruins have only played Ole Miss twice, winning in 2000 by a score of 4-0, while losing 3-2 in 14 innings in 2005.