OKLAHOMA CITY — Far fewer dramatics were required this time.
Fourth-seeded Auburn routed No. 12 UCLA 10-3 Thursday afternoon on the first day of the Women’s College World Series. The Tigers (55-10) advance to face SEC rival Georgia at 7 p.m. Friday.
Thursday’s game was a far cry from last year’s Auburn-UCLA meeting in the World Series. That game — an 11-10 Auburn victory — lasted 10 innings, included 28 combined hits between the teams. The four hour, 19 minute game ended when UCLA walked home the winning run.
But Thursday, Auburn jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first inning, during which the Tigers scored twice on bases-loaded hit batsmen.
UCLA (40-15-1) scored its only runs of the game on Mysha Sataraka’s fourth inning, three-run home run.
Auburn’s Kaylee Carlson pitched the entire game for the Tigers, improving her season record to 18-2.
Tigers’ senior first baseman Jade Rhodes was 3 for 3 in the contest with a double and two runs scored. She was also one of the two Auburn players credit with an RBI after being hit by a pitch in the first inning.
Junior third baseman Kasey Cooper was 2 for 4 with a two-RBI double in the bottom of the sixth that scored the Tigers’ final two runs of the game.
This season, Auburn swept Georgia in a three-game home series between April 22 and 24. The 16th-seeded Bulldogs advanced to Friday’s game with a 5-4 upset of No. 8 Florida State earlier Thursday.