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UCLA Softball to Battle Oklahoma in Game 1 of the WCWS Championship Finals

These two teams met in February and the Bruins came out ahead, 7-1. Now, they just need to replicate that success two more times.

UCLA will need leadoff batter Bubba Nickles to get the Bruin offense going in order to win the national championship.
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And, then, there were two.

It’s been a long journey. Both the UCLA Bruins and Oklahoma Sooners have played more than 60 games each so far this season. While the Sooners, at 57-4, have the better record, the Bruins aren’t far behind at 54-6. Tonight, they meet in game one of a best-of-three series to decide the NCAA Softball Championship at 4:30 pm PT.

Perhaps, more importantly, there’s the fact that, on February 22, the Bruins beat the Sooners, 7-1. Rachel Garcia held Oklahoma to just one run on four hits and two walks while striking out 15. UCLA got their bats going and put up three runs in both the third and the fourth innings to chase Sooner starter Mariah Lopez. It was Lopez’s only loss of the season. She went on to win 14 more games for the Sooners through the year including yesterday’s win over Alabama.

But the junior from Saugus has not been Oklahoma’s winningest pitcher this season. That title belongs to Giselle Juarez, who is 28-2 and will likely be seen at least once over the next two nights.

Offensively, the Sooners have two hitters batting over .400 in Sydney Romero and Caleigh Clifton. While Romero led the team in homers with 19 coming into the WCWS, Clifton isn’t far behind with 17. So, they can both go yard.

This is your UCLA Bruins vs. Oklahoma Sooners Women’s College World Series Championship Series Game 1 open thread.

Go Bruins!!! Bring home #118!!!