Maya Brady hit two homers as UCLA softball beat No. 1-seeded Oklahoma 7-3 in Game 1 of the NCAA Women’s Collegiate World Series semifinals on Monday. The two teams will play again this afternoon to see which school advances to the final.
The No. 5-seeded Bruins made an early appearance at the US Softball Hall of Fame Field. The Bruins’ third hitter Delaney Waits hit a two-run homer on the left field wall in the first inning.
Oklahoma State (56-3) countered the offensive offense with a home run by Jetta Coleman, who was the Jetta’s starting hitter but went scoreless in the next two innings .
Maya Brady hit a three-run homer in the third to give UCLA (51-9) a 5-1 advantage and force Oklahoma to change pitching.
Jordy Bahl entered the Sooners circle, taking the pressure off Nicole May after two innings. Bahl, a freshman ace who has been battling a forearm injury since early May, pitched in 4 2/3 innings and gave up two hits while striking out four.
Tiare Jennings homered in the fourth to bring two runs and cut the Bears’ lead to 5-3. Holly Azevedo took over from Megan Faremo at the start of the fifth inning and went on to throw three innings with no run, no hit, and three strikeouts.
Brady hit her 17th homer of the season in the sixth inning and played as necessary.