LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Oregon State softball team fell to the No. 13/14-ranked UCLA Bruins, 8-0, in a five-inning series finale on Sunday at Easton Stadium.
UCLA (28-12-1, 9-4-1 Pac-12) scored all eight of its runs over the first three innings, plating one in the first, four in the second and three in the third frame. Oregon State (26-14-1, 5-10 Pac-12) was unable to respond, as UCLA starter Johanna Grauer (13-8) scattered three OSU hits and two walks to hold the Beavers off the board. With the result, UCLA wins the series, two games to one.
“We just didn't play well today,” Oregon State head coach Laura Berg said. “For whatever reason, we just don't play well in the Sunday game of different series. Whatever the reason is, we need to figure it out and make sure that doesn't happen anymore.”
Sophomore first baseman Alysha Everett had two of the Beavers' three hits in a 2-for-2 performance, while redshirt junior designated player Natalie Hampton recorded the other on 1-for-2 hitting. Senior second baseman Mikela Manewa and freshman center fielder Jessica Garcia drew a walk apiece.
Senior right-hander Bev Miller (10-8) was charged with the loss in her 19th start of the season for the Beavers after allowing five runs on as many hits with two walks and a strikeout in 3.2 innings pitched. Southpaw Taylor Cotton allowed the remaining three runs in relief.
Miller needed only two pitches to retire the first two UCLA batters in Sunday's opening frame, but allowed the first run of the game to the Bruins' No. 3 batter, Delaney Spaulding, who hit a solo home run to left to put the Beavers in an early 1-0 hole.
After scoring five with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning on Saturday, the Bruins rallied for four in Sunday's second inning, all with two outs. UCLA loaded the bases on singles by Gabrielle Maurice and Brianna Tautalafua as well as a on walk issued to Zoe Shaw, setting up a pair of two-RBI Bruin hits. With the top of the order back at the plate, UCLA's Allexis Bennett and Kylee Perez took advantage with a pair of two-run singles, extending the Bruins lead to 5-0.
UCLA recorded its third straight scoring inning in the home half of the third inning, adding three more runs for an 8-0 advantage. UCLA's Spaulding and Mysha Sataraka set up the scoring with leadoff singles before the Bruins' Madeline Jelenicki drove in three with a home run to right.
The Oregon State softball team returns home next weekend to host a three-game conference series against the Washington Huskies at the OSU Softball Complex. The series opens on Friday at 1 p.m. PT, with first pitch set for 1 p.m. PT on Saturday and 3 p.m. PT on Sunday. Sunday's game will be televised nationally on the Pac-12 Network, as well as regionally on Pac-12 Oregon and Pac-12 Washington.
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