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Pitching Woes Doom UCLA In 8-4 World Series Loss To Florida State

Rich DeCray SBN

With eleven national championships to their credit, the UCLA Bruins have a storied history at the Women's College World Series. Never once in that history have they produced an 0-2 performance in the event. That was until 2016 when the Bruins were bounced after giving up 18 runs in two games.

Shaky pitching on Thursday sent UCLA into the loser's bracket at the hands of Auburn and then Florida State sent them packing in Saturday's session opener with an 8-4 win that came off 11 hits. At the heart of the issue for UCLA's o-for appearance is a pitching staff that couldn't keep up with the 4-0 lead that UCLA built in the bottom of the first off a grand slam home run by Mysha Sataraka.

From that point on it was more of the same from the circle as what we saw on Thursday in the Bruins pitching staff. UCLA's Paige McDuffee and Selina Ta'amilo walked six batters and only struck out two while allowing the eight runs to score off eleven hits.

For the Seminoles it means they have a Sunday afternoon date with either Auburn or Georgia. Alex Powers racked up four of Florida State's hits with a perfect appearance from the plate. She knocked in one run and then scored twice herself.