Locals to play in Women’s College World Series


All it took was one run for UCLA softball to sweep Ole Miss and close out the Super Regionals.

Saugus High grad Madeline Jelenicki provided that run.

Jelenicki’s first-inning RBI single lifted the Bruins over the Rebels 1-0 on Friday, earning UCLA its third consecutive trip to the Women’s College World Series.

The No. 5 Bruins took home an 8-7 win against the same opponent the day before, a contest in which Jelenicki went 2-for-5 with two RBIs off a sacrifice fly and a single.

They’ll take on Louisiana State University in their next game when the WCWS begins on Thursday.

Jelenicki isn’t the only one having a good time in the NCAA tournament.

Mariah Lopez, another Saugus product, joined the University of Oklahoma in a romp of Auburn on Friday and Saturday.

The No. 10 Sooners took down the Tigers 4-0 on Friday, then completed the sweep on Saturday with a 5-2 win.

Lopez got the starting nod and pitched 2.1 innings in the second game, allowing two hits and recording three strikeouts.

The freshman pitcher helped Oklahoma to its 28th road win a row and its 11th WCWS appearance in program history.

The Sooners’ first opponent in the finals is Baylor.

West Ranch grad Lauren Lindvall and three-seed Oregon Ducks are moving on to the WCWS after sweeping the University of Kentucky.

Lindvall was 1-for-3 in both games. Oregon won 4-0 on Friday, then 6-5 on Saturday.

Next, they’ll play No. 7-seeded Washington.

Louisiana State University freshman and Canyon grad Amanda Doyle bounced back from Friday’s 3-1 loss to Florida State University to upset the fourth-ranked Seminoles 1-0 on Saturday and 6-4 on Sunday.

Doyle was 1-for-4 on Sunday and had 15 putouts collectively on Friday and Saturday.

The Tigers, a No. 13 seed, are playing in their third straight Women’s College World Series.

Jessie Harper, a standout freshman for Arizona this season, saw her first collegiate season end on Sunday after a 6-5 loss to Baylor.

The Wildcats won their first matchup against the Bears 3-2 on Friday before falling 6-4 on Saturday in addition to the final loss.

Harper had at least one RBI in each game.

In the first, she was 1-for-4 with an RBI single, then she followed with by going 1-for-4 with a two-run single on Saturday and was 2-for-4 with an RBI single on Sunday.

She concludes the season with 62 hits and 56 RBIs.

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