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Another Weekend, Another Series Sweep for UCLA Softball

Our seventh-ranked Bruins swept their third straight weekend series to keep pace with the Oregon Ducks in the race for the Pac-12 title. The Oregon State Beavers are the most recent victims of UCLA's power surge.


Game 1

Our seventh-ranked Bruins began their weekend series in Corvallis with a thorough demolition of the Beavers. The Bruins scored early and often, jumping out to a 5-0 lead after the first inning. Ally Carda cracked a two-run homer to left to open the scoring, and Gracie Goulder brought home two more when she knocked a single into right-center. Allexis Bennett drove in the Bruins' fifth and final run of the first inning when she reached on an infield single.

With Carda in the circle, five runs was plenty, but the Bruins kept hammering the Oregon State pitchers. UCLA played long ball again in the second when Brittany Moeai blasted a three-run home run to right-center.

After Carda conceded a two-run homer in the bottom of the second, the Bruins added another run in the third. Delaney Spaulding doubled down the left field line, and eventually came home on a wild pitch.

Carda and Johanna Grauer held the Beavers in check the rest of the way. For good measure, the Bruins tacked on another three runs in the seventh. Spaulding doubled to the gap in left-center to bring home UCLA's tenth run of the day, and Kylee Perez followed with a bomb to right to score two more. Grauer closed out the seventh to seal a 12-2 win for the Bruins.

Ally Carda pitched four innings, allowing two runs and striking out five while earning her 21st win of the season. Johanna Grauer pitched three innings of shutout ball.

Delaney Spaulding and Allexis Bennett each collected a pair of hits. Ally Carda hit her sixth home run of the season, Kylee Perez hit her third, and Brittany Moeai slammed her fifth.

Game 2

On Sunday, the UCLA batters picked up where they had left off in game 1 of the series--scoring runs early and often. In fact, in game 2, the Bruins scored in every inning. However, with freshman Selina Ta'amilo starting in the circle for UCLA, the Bruins expected to see better production from the OSU batters.

A first inning double by Stephany LaRosa plated the Bruins first run of the game in the opening frame.

UCLA scored again in the second when Allexis Bennett squeezed home Gabrielle Maurice from third.

The Bruins two run lead didn't last past the top of the first. Ta'amilo was unable to retire a batter in the second, and by the time that Ally Carda had put out the fire, the Beavers had surged to a 6-2 lead, with the final two Beaver runs being charged to Carda.

UCLA fought back with a pair of runs in the third courtesy of a two-run opposite field shot by LaRosa, her 11th of the season.

In the fourth, the Bruins drew within one when Delaney Spaulding smacked a double to right-center to bring home Bennett.

The Bruins completed the comeback in the fifth inning. After LaRosa led off with a double, Maurice slugged a four-bagger to left center to put UCLA back into the lead at 7-6.

UCLA kept hammering the Beavers' pitchers in the final two innings. In the sixth, Spaulding belted her 11th homer of the season to double the UCLA lead.

In the final frame, a double by Mysha Sataraka and a single by Bennett plated the Bruins' ninth run of the day. The Bruins' tally hit 11 when Spaulding belted her second homer of the game.

Ally Carda blanked the Beavers for the final five innings to give the Bruins a 11-6 victory in the middle game of the series. Carda surrendered seven hits and two runs in six innings of work to improve her record to 22-4. LaRosa and Spaulding each collected three hits, while Maurice and Bennett each had a pair of hits.

Game 3

The Bruins' bats were considerably quieter in the series finale. Fortunately, freshman pitcher Johanna Grauer was in good form.

Once again, UCLA took the lead in the top of the first. Spaulding led off with a single between short and third, and after a sacrifice by Perez, LaRosa ripped a single to left to plate the Bruins' first run.

UCLA added a pair of runs in the top of the third when Spaulding drilled a two-run homer to left, her 13th of the year.

Grauer conceded a run in the bottom half of the third when she allowed a leadoff triple and a single, but she got out of the inning with a 1-6-3 double play.

The Bruins took a 6-1 lead in the top of the fifth thanks to a three-run shot by Gabrielle Maurice off the top of the right-field wall, her fifth homer of the season.

Selina Ta'amilo came in for Grauer in the bottom of the sixth. Although she surrendered a run in the sixth, she pitched much better than on Sunday, giving up just two hits in two innings of work. Ta'amilo put the Beavers down in order in the seventh to close out the 6-2 win for the Bruins.

Grauer's record improved to 10-1 with the victory. She worked five innings, allowing us one run on three hits. Spaulding led the Bruins with three hits, and LaRosa added two.

The sweep of the Beavers improves UCLA's record to 41-8 overall, and 15-3 in the conference--good for second place, one game behind #2 Oregon.

Looking Ahead

The Bruins will put their ten game winning streak on the line tomorrow at 5 PM PDT at Easton Stadium when #16 Arizona comes to town. It's Senior Weekend, so be sure to head out to Easton Stadium this weekend if you want to see seniors Ally Carda, Stephany LaRosa, Gracie Goulder, and the rest of our #7 Bruins in action in an important series against a title contender.

Game Date Start Time
1 Friday, May 1 5:00 PM PDT
2 Saturday, May 2 2:00 PM PDT
3 Sunday, May 3 7:00 PM PDT