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Women’s College World Series: UCLA beats No. 1 Oklahoma, forces second semifinal game Monday

Maya Brady hit two home runs on Monday as UCLA softball upset No. 1 seed Oklahoma, 7-3, in the first game of the NCAA Women’s College World Series semifinals. The two teams will play again this afternoon to see which school advances to the finals.

The No. 5-seeded Bruins were aggressive early at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium. Delanie Wisz, the third batter up for the Bruins, laced a two-run home run over the left field wall in the first inning.

Oklahoma (56-3) countered the offensive attack with a home run from Jayda Coleman, the Sooners’ leadoff hitter, but were kept scoreless for the next two innings.

Maya Brady hit a three-run home run third inning to give UCLA (51-9) a 5-1 advantage and force an Oklahoma pitching change.

Jordy Bahl entered the circle for the Sooners, relieving Nicole May after two innings of work. Bahl, a freshman ace who has been battling a forearm injury since early May, came in to pitch 4 2/3 innings and gave up two hits while striking out four.

Tiare Jennings homered in the fourth inning to bring in two runs and cut the Bruins’ lead to 5-3. Holly Azevedo relieved Megan Faraimo at the start of the fifth inning and went on to throw three innings, yielding no runs, no hits and recording three strikeouts.

Brady hit her 17th home run of the season in the sixth inning and forced the if-necessary game.

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