UCLA Routs Sooners in Game 1 of WCWS Finals

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UCLA produced two big innings late in the game and routed Oklahoma 16-3 in Game 1 of the Women's College World  Series Finals on Monday night at USA Softball Hall of  Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

Already up 5-1, the Bruins put the game away with a six-run sixth inning, and a five-run seventh inning, blasting a total of four home runs, three of those in the sixth inning alone.

The run total tied the WCWS record for runs in a game, and the margin of victory was one shy of tying a WCWS record.

The 13-run loss was the fourth worst in OU history and the second worst under head coach Patty Gasso, with the worst coming in a 19-1 loss to  Arizona her first season in 1995.

UCLA scored first with a solo home run from Aaliyah Jordan hit a solo home run in the top of the first inning of Giselle Juareez.

Oklahoma trailed 1-0 when Shay Knighten hit a solo home run to tie it 1-1 in the bottom of the second inning.

OU then committed three errors in the third inning, more than they had committed in an entire game all season, and UCLA scored two runs to take a 3-1 lead.

Kelli Godin laid down a bunt and Caleigh Clifton dropped the throw to first base, allowing Kinsley Washington to score and give UCLA a 2-1 lead.

Bubba Nickles then singled to left field, and Fale Aviu overran the grounder, allowing Godin to score to make it 3-1.

The Bruins added a run in the fourth when Washington doubled in Colleen Sullivan to make it 4-1.

It became 5-1 in the fifth inning when Taylor Pack singled to score Nickles.

The Bruins then put the game away in the final two frames, scoring six runs in the sixth inning and five more in the seventh.

All six runs in the sixth came on home runs;  a solo shot by Brianna Tautalafua, a three-run homer by Briana Perez, and a two-run blast by Rachel Garcia.

UCLA got five more in the seventh inning, with a two-run double by Julie Rodriguez, an RBI single by Nickles, and a two-run single by Garcia.

Grace Green hit a solo home run for the Sooners in the sixth to trim the score to 11-2, then Sydney Romero singled in Fale Aviu in the seventh inning to make the final score 16-3.

OU used four pitchers, with outfielder Nicole Mendes, who rarely pitches, mopping up in the seventh inning.

Oklahoma will face UCLA in Game 2 of the finals Tuesday night at 7:30 pm.

If OU wins, they will force a Game 3 Wednesday night at 7:30 pm.



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