Women's College World Series: UCLA loses to Tigers, falls to elimination bracket
The Bruins are the final Pac-12 team standing, representing the West in this year's Women's College World Series.
Thursday the 12-seed Bruins kicked things off with a rough 10-3 loss against four-seed Auburn in Game 1 in Oklahoma City.
There's hope yet for the Bruins, who'll battle it out in the elimination bracket against eight-seed Florida State. UCLA has gotten pretty good at comebacks; remember, they won two straight against Oregon in the Super Regionals after falling in Game 1. But Auburn dug a hole too deep for the Bruins to climb.
The Tigers cracked Selina Ta'amilo out the gate, loading the bases and scoring one on a walk before Paige McDuffee took the circle. McDuffee couldn't hold them, either; the Tigers tapped four more runs in to give them a 5-0, first inning lead.
McDuffee couldn't get the Tigers to bite out of the strikezone, resulting in 13 baserunners on just four hits through three.
The Bruins made it interesting in the fourth, at least. Kylee Perez knocked a leadoff double and Delaney Spaulding sent her to third on a single. Mysha Sataraka homered down the left field line to cut Auburn's lead to four.
Mysha Sataraka hits UCLA’s 10th HR of #D1softball tournament, most of any WCWS team, tied w/UL Lafayette for most in tourney (ESPN/ESPN app)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 2, 2016
That was all they had, though. Auburn's Kaylee Carlson held them to just those three runs in a complete game and her team tacked on three more runs against third reliever Johanna Grauer.
The Bruins will play Florida State, season still afloat, on Saturday at 9 a.m. PT/ 10 p.m. MT.
It's been done before Bruins don't hang your heads! Back at it Saturday!
— Andrea (@AndreaDuran28) June 2, 2016