UCLA softball beats Duke and advances to NCAA Women’s College World Series – Orange County Register


LOS ANGELES — UCLA earned a berth in the NCAA Women’s College World Series at Easton Stadium on Saturday night, beating Duke 8-2.

Delanie Wisz had the go-ahead and scored on Kelli Godin in the fifth inning. Megan Faraimo pitched three innings for relief and had no runs, three hits and seven strikeouts.

Maya Brady finished the game 3-on-4 with two RBIs, a home run and two stolen bases. Wisz went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two doubles.

Freshman Savannah Pola hit a sacrificial fly in the third inning to score Brady. Brady singled to base, then stole into second and advanced to third on a wild pitch to put himself in goal position.

The No. 5-seeded Bruins finished the end of the inning quickly, with Godin stealing two fly-outs in left field and Kinsley Washington pulling out a bottom.

Wisz landed to start the fourth inning, then Brady sent a solo home run that flew to the left midfield wall for her 13th home run of the season.

Duke, number 12, responded with a home run of his own from the bottom of the frame when Caroline Jacobson connected the play with a two-run home run down the right center wall. Holly Azevedo took UCLA out of the inning by beating Gisele Tapia on the next at-bat.

Wisz’s RBI double in the fifth inning pulled the Bruins up a run. Brady followed with a double that Wisz nearly scored, but she was called out after reviewing the game on home plate.

Faraimo relieved Azevedo in the circle to start the end of the fifth inning. In four innings, Azevedo gave up two hits and two carries while recording four strikeouts and two walking.

The Bruins’ defense kept the Blue Devils scoreless in the remaining three innings. Anna Vines caught Rachel Crabtree stealing in the sixth inning and maintained the Bruins’ lead as the final inning loomed. UCLA softball beats Duke and advances to NCAA Women’s College World Series – Orange County Register

Caroline Bleakley

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