With Spring Break over, the UCLA softball team returns home for a midweek game against Cal State Northridge this evening.
After taking the first two games against Utah, the Bruins broke out their brooms on Saturday and completed their second sweep in a row. UCLA has now won six straight.
The Bruins played small ball in the first with Kylee Perez and Aaliyah Jordan each reaching base on consecutive errors by Utah shortstop Chandler Walter. Perez then scored on a sacrifice fly by Rachel Garcia. Meanwhile, Brianna Tautalafua, Bubba Nickles and Taylor Pack all walked to bring Jordan home and give UCLA a 2-0 lead.
UCLA would add four more runs in the second. Briana Perez led off the inning with a single and a stolen base. Then, Kylee walked to give the Bruins two on with no out. Jordan drove Briana Perez home with a single up the middle. Another Utah error scored Kylee Perez and Jordan and gave UCLA a runner on first in Garcia. She would eventually score on a double by Nickles and the Bruins were up 6-0 after just two innings.
That would prove to be enough to win as the Utes would only be able to score two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth. The Bruins, meanwhile, scored an insurance run in each of the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings to complete the sweep, 9-4.
Starter Johanna Grauer pitched two innings and allowed no runs or hits while walking five. She was relieved by Holly Azevedo to start the third. Azevedo pitched 12⁄3 innings and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits with four walks and a strikeout. Selina Ta’amilo came in to get the final out in the fourth with the bases loaded and ended up pitching the fifth, sixth and seventh as well, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Ta’amilo earned the win for the effort and is now 7-1 on the season.
Tonight’s game could end up being another mercy-rule shortened game as the Matadors are just 16-24 on the season and shouldn’t pose much of an issue for the 3rd-ranked Bruins.
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