This weekend’s three-game series between UCLA and Oregon State didn’t start until Saturday, as opposed to the usual Friday start, That means that the teams will play the third and final game of the season this afternoon at Easton Stadium.
So far, the Bruins have taken the first two games including last night’s game, which UCLA won, 5-3. The Bruins got a solid outing of starter Holly Azevedo, who won her eighth game of the season by pitching 6-1/3 innings allowing 3 earned runs on 3 hits with 5 walks and 3 strikouts. Selina Ta’amilo picked up her first save of the year by getting the final two outs.
Oregon State got on the board right away when leadoff batter Shelby Weeks walked and scored two batters later when McKenna Arriola singled up the middle, giving the Beavers a 1-0 lead.
UCLA got the run back in the bottom of the inning. Aaliyah Jordan’s drew a walk after a 9-pitch at-bat. She would score from first on a single and an error by right fielder Chance Burden.
The Bruins struck again in the third after Briana Perez doubled to right and scored when Jordan singled up the middle. Just like in the first inning, Jordan would on another Beaver error to make it 3-1, UCLA.
Kinsley Washington led off the fifth for the Bruins and singled through the left side of the infield. A Kylee Perez single to center gave UCLA runners on first and second with one out. Then, Jordan came to the plate and doubled home Washington and Perez to score two insurance runs and the Bruins led 5-1.
It turns out that the Bruins would need those runs. In the sixth, Oregon State would turn a hit batter and three walks into a run and, in the seventh, they would do the same with a double and three walks. But, with the go-ahead run on first, Ta’amilo got Kayleen Shafer to foul out to end the game.
This afternoon, UCLA looks for the sweep when the teams wrap up the series at 1 pm PT.
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