OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Aaliyah Jordan hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to help UCLA beat Minnesota 7-2 on Thursday at the Women’s College World Series.
Jordan’s blast gave Rachel Garcia the support she needed. Garcia, the NFCA Player of the Year, pitched a complete game for the second-seeded Bruins (52-6).
UCLA will play Pac-12 rival Arizona on Friday for a spot in the semifinals. Minnesota will play Washington on Saturday in an elimination game.
Minnesota pitcher Amber Fiser, an NFCA first-team All-American, took the loss. She gave up seven runs, but just three earned, in 5 2/3 innings for the seventh-seeded Golden Gophers. Minnesota (46-13) is making its first-ever World Series appearance.
UCLA got on the board in the first inning when Bubba Nickles hit a solo homer to left field. Kinsley Washington walked with the bases loaded to push UCLA’s lead to 2-0 in the second and Taylor Pack’s sacrifice fly scored Jordan in the third to make it 3-0.