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Quest For 114: UCLA Softball Blanks Ole Miss to Advance to WCWS

The Bruins are headed back to Oklahoma City.

Bru-wins! The Quest For 114 continues next week in Oklahoma City.

Last night’s NCAA Super Regional game was a classic pitchers’ duel. Per NCAA rules, UCLA as the host team was designated as the visitors for Game 2.

The Bruins were able to go on the scoreboard in the top of the 1st. Brianna Tautalafua got the first hit of the game when she doubled down the left field line. Madeline Jelenicki then singled Tautalafua home as UCLA took a quick 1-0 lead.

As it turns out, that would be the only run of the game as Brittany Finney held the Bruins scoreless for the remaining 6 13 innings.

The problem that Ole Miss ran into was that UCLA’s pitching was just a little bit better as the combo of Selina Ta’amilo and Rachel Garcia shut out the Rebels. But, it wasn’t for a lack of opportunities by Ole Miss.

In the bottom of the 2nd with just one out, Ole Miss had runners on first and third, but Ta’amilo got the next two batters out to end the threat.

In the bottom of the 4th, Ta’amilo gave up a single and a walk to start the inning. That’s when Bruins Coach Kelly Inouye-Perez turned to Rachel Garcia.

Courtney Syrett laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third with just one out. Garcia got Paige McKinney to line out and then struck out pinch hitter Dylinn Stancil to end the inning.

That would prove to be the last threat of the game for Ole Miss as they wouldn’t get a runner past first base the rest of the game.

As a result, the Bruins swept the Super Regional and will head to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City starting next Thursday against the winner of the Florida State-LSU Super Regional.

Go Bruins!