Minnesota was building momentum in its first Women’s College World Series appearance.

UCLA’s Aaliyah Jordan crushed it. Her three-run homer in the sixth inning helped UCLA beat the Golden Gophers 7-2 on Thursday at the Women’s College World Series.

Minnesota had just rallied to cut its deficit to 3-2 in its half of the sixth inning before Jordan’s blast gave Rachel Garcia the support she needed. Garcia, the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, pitched a complete game for the second-seeded Bruins (52-6).

“I think it’s really important for us to have Rachel’s back,” Jordan said. “She’s done a lot. I know her shoulder is about to fall off. I think to have her back, to put up a lot of runs is important for us.”

UCLA will

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