OKLAHOMA CITY – Keyed by two second-inning home runs and a complete-game effort from Ally Carda, No. 7 UCLA defeated No. 2 Oregon, 7-1 in the final game on day one of the 2015 Women’s College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
Senior Stephanie LaRosa and sophomore Gabrielle Maurice contributed solo round trippers in the second to put the Bruins (51-10) up 2-0, a lead they would not relinquish thanks to Carda. The senior shut the Ducks (51-7) out on four hits through the first six innings before surrendering a run in the seventh.
Carda, a NFCA First-Team All-American, scattered seven hits with three strikeouts and a walk to improve to 32-6. She was also 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored. Seven other Bruins recorded one hit with Maurice crossing the dish twice.
The game finished early Saturday morning after two weather delays. The first pushed back the start of the night session, originally scheduled for 6:00 p.m. CT to 7:00 p.m. Following the completion of the second inning, play was halted for 49 minutes.
LaRosa and Maurice left the yard in the second, staking UCLA to a 2-0 lead. LaRosa tattooed a leadoff homer to straight away centerfield. Two batters later Maurice showed a little opposite field power, lining the ball into the leftfield seats.
The Bruins gave themselves a cushion with a five-run sixth, scoring all their runs with two outs. Mysha Sataraka and Kyle Perez each knocked in a pair of runs with RBI singles. Sataraka’s was nearly caught by a charging rightfielder, but the ball came out when she made contact with the ground. After Maurice reached on a dropped third strike, Gracie Goulder took advantage and tacked on a run with a sharp single to center. Perez continued the rally by rolling her two-run single through the right side.
Lauren Lindvall put the Ducks on the board with a RBI single in the seventh. Lindvall finished 2-for-2 with a RBI. Cheridan Hawkins suffered the defeat, allowing seven runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and a walk in 5.2 innings of work.
UCLA advances to the winner’s bracket tomorrow and will face the third-seeded Michigan at 9:30 p.m. ET. Oregon drops down to the loser’s bracket and returns to action Saturday, May 30 at 2:30 p.m. ET against No. 6 Alabama.
-- Photo Courtesy of Richard Clifton