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UCLA Softball: Bruins Blasted By Oklahoma State in Run-Rule Route

UCLA has been outscored 25-1 in the last two games.

It's still early, but this could be a long season for the UCLA Bruins.

The UCLA Bruins have begun the 2024 season 2-3 and were outscored 25-1 in the last two. They are off to their worst start since 2015.

On Sunday, the No. 10 Bruins were run-ruled in five innings, 9-1, by No. 14 Oklahoma State marking the first time in 12 years they've lost back-to-back games via the mercy rule.

The tone of the game was somber from the start. On the first play of the game, Alexis Ramirez fell awkwardly in right field and immediately reached for her left knee. She was helped off the field with a smile on her face, but the Bruins had to replace their hottest hitter after the first batter.

UCLA was outhit 13-3, and the Cowgirls blasted four home runs.

Sharlize Palacios was 1-for-2 with a run scored. Savannah Pola and Jadelyn Allchin had the other two hits, while Taylor Stephens drove in the Bruins' only run.

Taylor Tinsley, who is considered the ace of the staff, fell to 0-2 to start the year. She gave up seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits in 4.2 innings. She struck out three and walked one. Jada Cecil relieved Tinsley with two outs in the fifth and surrendered two runs on three hits.

There is no time for the Bruins to dwell on the disappointing opening weekend. They head to Clearwater, Fla., for the Shriners Children's Clearwater Invitational and will face No. 3 Florida State, No. 6 Georgia, No. 2 Tennessee, North Carolina and Central Florida.