Bruins Defeat Nevada, 12-0, to Cap Double-Header
LOS ANGELES – Behind home runs from Aaliyah Jordan and Kinsley Washington, the No. 3/3 UCLA softball team wrapped up its double-header with a dominant 12-0 victory over Nevada on Friday evening at Easton Stadium.
Jordan finished the evening 2-for-2 with four RBIs. Washington's homer was her second of the year, which is already just one behind her previous season-high total of three. The Bruins (3-0) compiled eight total hits in the offensive outburst.
Lexi Sosa earned the start against the Wolfpack but gave way to Lauren Shaw in the third inning. The pair combined for 5.0 scoreless innings and five strikeouts while giving up just two hits. The UCLA pitching staff has now shutout each of its first three opponents and the team has outscored its competition 39-0 to start the season.
Sosa opened the ballgame with a 1-2-3 top of the first, striking out Aaliyah Jenkins to end the inning. In the Bruins' half, Jordan crushed a moonshot to right field for her first home run of the year, making it 1-0.
UCLA's offense exploded in the second inning, putting up nine runs on five hits in the frame. After RBI knocks from Savannah Pola and Seneca Curo, Jordan stepped up with the bases loaded and brought everybody home with a 3-RBI double. Two batters later, Washington then cranked a three-run home run to right field, making it 10-0 after two.
Sosa exited in the third inning and Shaw entered in relief, stranding the bases loaded after inducing a lineour 4-6 double-play. Shaw followed with a scoreless inning in the fourth to bring the Bruins up in the fifth. In her first career at-bat, catcher Jayla Castro knocked in a two-run single to make it 12-0 heading into the fifth.
Shaw struck out the first two batters of the fifth before Maya Brady cut down Danielle Lew trying to stretch a single into two bases, ending the game in run-rule fashion.
The Bruins are back in action Saturday for the Mark Campbell Invitational at Bill Barber Park in Irvine, Calif. UCLA will play a double-header against RV/- Mississippi State (1 p.m. PT) and No. 1-ranked Oklahoma (4 p.m. PT).