UCLA softball season ends after loss to Stanford – Orange County Register

OKLAHOMA CITY — Fittingly, the last softball game between two Pac-12 teams was a gem.

On Sunday night, in a must-win game of the Women’s College World Series, UCLA and Stanford put on a matchup worthy of the sport’s greatest conference. Excellent pitch. Big hit. Clean land. Even some late-inning drama.

In the end, the eighth-seeded Cardinal defeated the sixth-seeded Bruins 3-1.

UCLA finishes its season with a 43-12 record.

Stanford (50-16) faces top-seeded Texas on Monday at 4 p.m., and the Cardinal needs to win twice to keep its season and Pac-12 softball alive.

UCLA, which swept Stanford during the regular season, was strong on Sunday, getting on the scoreboard in the second set. Megan Grant hit a ball to left field that hit the top of the wall and ricocheted into the stands.

She sprinted around the bases, and when she got to home and her waiting teammates, she punctuated the homer with a huge stomp on home plate.

The celebration was justified.

It was the first home run given up by Stanford ace and national player of the year NiJaree Canady in this Women’s College World Series. In Stanford’s first two games in Oklahoma City, she allowed only one extra base hit, a double.

It was also the first time in Canada’s college career that she gave up a home run for the first time in an opponent’s lineup.

UCLA continued to hit Canady hard in the third with a Janelle Meono single to left and a Jadelyn Allchin single to right. But the Bruins couldn’t muster a run.

It would come back to haunt them.

Stanford responded to UCLA’s fireworks in the third inning.

Taryn Kern delivered a double into the left field gap that jumped the wall and scored Emily Jones. This prompted a pitching change at UCLA when Taylor Tinsley replaced Kaitlyn Terry.

But Stanford wasn’t done.

Ava Gall sent a single to right field and Kern just beat the throw to give the Cardinal a 2-1 lead.

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