The Oregon Ducks were just two outs away from their third straight trip to the Women's College World Series, but the UCLA Bruins came back to force extra innings and eventually go on to win the NCAA super regional in three games and advance to the Women's College World Series.
The Ducks led much of Game 2, but the Bruins hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the seventh and would go on to win it in the ninth to force a decisive Game 3.
In the third game, the Bruins kept Oregon's bats quiet again, winning 2-1 to stun the Ducks, who were the No. 5 overall seed in the tournament.
Game 2: UCLA 2, Oregon 1 (9 innings)
Oregon wasted no time getting on the board. Jenna Lilley led off the game with a triple down the right field line, and a sacrifice fly from Nikki Udria drove home Lilley to put the Ducks up 1-0.
The game turned into a pitching duel from there between Megan Kleist and Selina Ta'amilo. Through four innings, the two teams combined for just five hits. It wouldn't be until the bottom of the fifth when another runner would reach scoring position as UCLA's Mysha Sataraka doubled, but the Bruins couldn't get her around to score.
With their season on the line, trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh, the Bruins tied things up to force extra innings. With one out and nobody on base, Gabrielle Maurice launched a game-tying solo home run to send the game to extras.
In the top of the eight, Lilley reached second on a double with two outs, but the Ducks couldn't drive her in.
In the bottom of the ninth, Sataraka delivered another double, setting up a walk-off single two batters later by Madeline Jelenicki to win the game for UCLA and force a decisive Game 3.
Megan Kleist pitched all 8.1 innings for the Ducks, giving up two runs on nine hits while striking out four batters.
Selina Ta'amilo delivered a gem for the Bruins, going nine innings while giving up one run on four hits while striking out seven batters, throwing 113 pitches.
After delivering a big hit in the first game of the day to help get the Bruins to Game 3, Mysha Sataraka struck again, singling to center field and driving home a run off an error to give UCLA an early 1-0 lead in the first inning.
In the fourth inning, Sataraka delivered another double past a diving Gerri Ann Glasco, driving home a run to give UCLA a 2-0 lead.
The Ducks caught a break in the bottom of the sixth as Koral Costa reached second off an infield throwing error, giving Oregon a runner in scoring position with one out. Two batters later, Janelle Lindvall popped up to Jelenicki behind the plate, but the UCLA catcher dropped the ball, putting runners on the corners with two outs. However, Lauren Lindvall popped out to second base as the Bruins escaped the inning without giving up a run.
Oregon showed one last sign of life in the ninth, as a double from Lilley sailed over the head of Allexis Bennett in center field to drive home their first run of the game. However, with the tying run on second base, Udria flew out to left field to end the game, and Oregon's season.