Not only did UCLA need to beat Oregon twice in one day, they did it with a dramatic come-from-behind win in the first game to advance to the Women's College World Series.
The 12th-seeded Bruins beat the #5-seeded Ducks by identical scores in both games, 2-1.
It's the 26th time in school history the UCLA softball team will play in the WCWS, most of any program in the nation (UCLA also has 12 national championships, which leads the nation).
it was a bit of an improbable run, with the Ducks the higher seed after winning the Pac-12 championship and beating UCLA in the first game of the best-of-three series, 8-1. Oregon, in fact, was leading 1-0 in the 7th inning of game two and was just two outs away from winning the series.
But then UCLA’s Gabrielle Maurice popped a solo home run to right field to tie the game for the Bruins, and the momentum swung from there.
UCLA, traditionally, has won by pitching dominance. But the Bruins have had success in the tournament this year by the long ball, with 16 of its 19 runs coming on home runs in its 6 post-season games.
UCLA beat Oregon in the Eugene Super Regional in front of a home-town Duck crowd.
UCLA is the only Pac-12 team to advance to the 2016 WCWS.
The Bruins improved to 40-14-1 and will play #4-seed Auburn in Oklahoma City, Okla., in a rematch of last year's WCWS. Game #1 is Thursday at 11:30 a.m. PT and will be televised on ESPN.
Eight teams play in the Women's College World Series.
#12 UCLA v. #4 Auburn
#16 Georgia v. #8 Florida State
#2 Michigan v #10 LSU
#6 Alabama v. #3 Oklahoma
For more on UCLA softball and talk with UCLA fans about it, go here: Thread on UCLA Softball.