UCLA softball delivers Sunday sweep to advance to Women’s College World Series

UCLA’s Gabrielle Maurice watches her solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the score against Oregon on Sunday. UCLA won twice Sunday to qualify for the Women's College World Series. Collin Andrew - The Register-Guard via AP

UCLA’s Gabrielle Maurice watches her solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the score against Oregon on Sunday. UCLA won twice Sunday to qualify for the Women’s College World Series. Collin Andrew – The Register-Guard via AP

UCLA softball head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez often talks about “Bruin Magic.” On Sunday, the Bruins used some of their magic to go from two outs away from elimination to their second straight trip to the Women’s College World Series.

UCLA got two 2-1 victories on Sunday against Oregon in the Super Regional to come back from a Game 1 loss and advance to the WCWS for the second straight year.

Clutch hitting punctuated two stellar pitching performances from Selina Ta’amilo and Paige McDuffee. Just one day after the Ducks put up eight runs on the Bruins, Oregon, the Pac-12 top offense, was limited to just two runs in as many games. Ta’amilo and McDuffee combined to give up just eight hits on the day and at one point kept the Ducks scoreless for 14 straight innings. Oregon scored only in the first inning of Game 2 and the last inning of Game 3.

“Our focus has been scoring as many runs as possible, but this weekend has really been about some outstanding pitching,” Inouye-Perez told reporters.

The WCWS starts Thursday and the Bruins face Auburn in the first round at 11:30 a.m. It’s televised on ESPN.

Read the full recap of Sunday’s UCLA sweep here.

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UCLA softball starts Super Regional in Eugene

The UCLA softball team is two wins away from a Women’s College World Series berth. The Bruins face Oregon in the Super Regional this weekend, starting with Game 1 on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The game is a televised on ESPN.

Here’s a preview of the tournament as the Bruins try to ride their toughness all the way to the World Series. UCLA’s mental toughness is exemplified by pitcher Paige McDuffee. McDuffee has compartment syndrome, which results in unusual swelling, in her arms and legs, but she continues to take the circle for the Bruins when she’s call upon.

An excerpt:

When she’s healthy, the lefty throws a heavy ball and can fire strikes on both sides of the plate with high velocity, UCLA head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez said. However, her physical tools take a backseat to her mental makeup.

“She doesn’t get to put a lot of hay in the barn, which is what a lot of players and athletes need to be able to have confidence,” Inouye-Perez said. “But she has a mental toughness to be able to go out there and compete every time we give her the ball for her team.”

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Josh Rosen: Sporting News cover boy

There’s 100 days left until UCLA football returns, so the countdown to football season is officially on. Peep UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen on the cover of Sporting News today along with USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.

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100 days until UCLA kicks off 2016 season

UCLA head coach Jim Mora, late in the second half the Bruins' 42-30 loss to Oregon at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA head coach Jim Mora opens the season with the Bruins against Texas A&M. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

There are 100 days separating us from the start of the 2016 UCLA football season. Get excited. The Bruins open the year at Kyle Field against Texas A&M on Sept. 3.  

The matchup between the Bruins and Aggies is a game with extremely high stakes, according to ESPN. For Texas A&M, it’s a chance to turn the page on a transition-filled offseason. For UCLA, the Bruins can start the year on a high note after a disappointing end to 2015 and Josh Rosen could get a jump start on his Heisman campaign.

Former UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone now oversees the offense in College Station, where he has a new quarterback in Oklahoma transfer Trevor Knight. He’s the projected starter for the Aggies, and is ESPN’s most anticipated nonconference player for the Pac-12.

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin talked about his team with Sports Illustrated, addressing the quarterback change and Mazzone’s influence on the offense.

UCLA head coach Jim Mora is undefeated in season openers at UCLA, beating Rice and Nevada and twice knocking off Virginia. The matchup with the Aggies is a cut above the rest, though, when it comes to Mora’s previous season openers.

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Which college football teams have the best uniforms, according to recruits?

Pick Six Previews conducted an interesting survey with 100 Division I recruits about college football uniforms this week and found that Oregon has the most popular uniforms among recruits. On the flip side, Alabama and Penn State’s more classic looks were considered the worst.

Additionally, the recruits were asked how cool different apparel brands were. Out of Adidas, Nike, Russell Athletic and Under Armour, the swoosh won out. UCLA’s soon-to-be former uniform supplier Adidas finished second, with the school’s new partner Under Armour a close third. Continue reading

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