UCLA Heads to WCWS With 8-2 Win Over Duke
The Bruins will be playing in their 31st Women's College World Series next week in Oklahoma City.
The UCLA softball team punched its ticket to Oklahoma City tonight when the Bruins beat the Duke Blue Devils, 8-2.
The Bruins drew first blood in the second inning when Savannah Pola hit a sacrifice fly that drove in Maya Brady, who had singled, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
Speaking of Brady, she increased UCLA’s lead to 2-0 with a solo home run with one out in the top of the fourth, but Duke bounced back in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run homer by Caroline Jacobsen.
The Bruins re-took the lead in the top of the fifth when Delanie Wisz doubled and Kelli Godin scored from second.
With UCLA now up 3-2, Kelly Inouye-Perez turned to Megan Faraimo to keep the Blue Devils from scoring — and that’s exactly what she did. Faraimo pitched three scoreless innings to secure her seventh save of the season.
Meanwhile, the Bruins scored five insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning to really put the game out of reach for the Blue Devils.
Azevedo earned her 20th win of the season and, now, UCLA is in position to potentially bring home NCAA title #120 when the Bruins head to Oklahoma City next week.
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Stupid Oklahoma will be the favorite, but after that U.C.L.A. has as good a look as anyone, especially with Arkansas getting knocked out already. Go Bruins!!