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UCLA routs Oklahoma, closes in on WCWS title

12806182Brianna Tautalafua, Briana Perez and Rachel Garcia homered in UCLA’s six-run, sixth-inning barrage Monday, leading the Bruins to an 16-3 win over Oklahoma in the opener of the Women’s College World Series’ best-of-three championship series at Oklahoma City.

The second-seeded Bruins (55-6), who tied a Women’s College World Series record for runs in a game, would capture their first NCAA title since 2010 if they can beat the Sooners (57-5) on Tuesday. UCLA is aiming to increase its record total of WCWS crowns to 12.

Game 3 of the finals would be played Wednesday, if necessary.

Garcia got the win with five innings of one-run ball, and she drove in four runs. UCLA’s Kinsley Washington had four hits and scored three runs, and Aaliyah Jordan hit a home run.

Shay Knighten and Grace Green homered for the Sooners, who lost for the second time in the WCWS. UCLA is undefeated in Oklahoma City, having outscored four opponents 32-7.

–Field Level Media

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