One pitch, one game at a time

Courtesy Katie Meyers

UCLA beat Notre Dame 1-0 Sunday, stopping the Irish with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh.

This season has been an amazing one so far. On Mother’s Day, we had the selection show and everyone found out who they would be matching up with for the start of postseason. We got the privilege of hosting regionals this year and what an awesome feeling that was. We were able to continue to play in front of our family, friends and loyal fans for another weekend. We hosted Notre Dame, Long Beach State and Southern Utah for our Los Angeles Regional, and it was an exciting battle all the way to the end.

Our first game was against Southern Utah, and we defeated them 8-0. Next, we played Notre Dame and won 7-0. The following day was a tough battle for seven innings as the Fighting Irish held us to only one run. But through all seven innings, our defense was outstanding and came up with a lot of big plays to hold the Irish from scoring.

Our sophomore pitcher, Paige McDuffee, led us in the circle during the most crucial time in the game. She came in for me with one out in the fifth inning and shut out Notre Dame the rest of the way. In the seventh inning, we hoped to put a few more runs on the board, but unfortunately we left a few runners on base and we were headed to the bottom of the seventh leading 1-0 with the Irish getting their last ups.

As the inning progressed, Notre Dame loaded the bases and continued to fight for its chance to play us in another game. As the craziness continued, Paige kept great composure and confidence on the mound. At this time, I was playing first base and I remember telling myself there was no option of losing.

There were two outs, bases loaded, and Paige threw her wicked backdoor curve ball. The batter hit a dribbler to Gracie Goulder, our second baseman. As Gracie always does, she fielded it cleanly and threw it to me at first for the final out of the game! It was an exciting moment and I couldn't be more proud of Paige in the circle, as well as my entire team keeping our fight all the way until the last pitch.

The Bruins are moving on to super regionals and plan on taking it one pitch, one inning, one game at a time. We will host Kentucky in a two-of-three series starting Saturday.

Go Bruins!