Tech drops its second matchup in the NCAA Tournament, falling to No. 3 UCLA 7-6

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Following their second game of the NCAA Tournament, No. 17 Virginia Tech lost its first matchup in the Los Angeles Regionals, coming up short against No. 3 UCLA, 7-6.

Tech opened the contest with Emma Ritter hitting a single up center field and stealing second shortly after. Cameron Fagan followed up with a single of her own as Cori McMillan recorded three RBIs on a home run for the Hokies' third at-bat.

Lyndsey Grein moved to 12-5 after beginning her afternoon in the fourth inning, tossing 45 strikes. Emma Lemley started the contest by pitching three innings after recording her 50th career win on Friday.

The Hokies extended their early lead to 4-0 with Addy Greene's RBI single. UCLA quickly turned the tide at the bottom of the third inning, scoring two runs off Megan Grant's single. The Bruins' batting kept rolling in the fourth inning with three runs, flipping the score 5-4.

Tech responded with a run in the fifth while scoring an additional run at the top of the seventh inning. UCLA pulled out a victory in the final inning, scoring two runs at the bottom of the seventh.

Virginia Tech moves down to the elimination bracket with its sights set on the winner of Grand Canyon vs. San Diego State. The next contest will take place on Saturday at 10 p.m. ET.Gallery: (5-18-2024) SB: NCAA Regional Game 2 vs. UCLA