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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tom isn’t the only Brady coming up the clutch.

The niece of seven-time Super Bowl champion Maya Brady hit two home runs for UCLA in a Women’s College World Series semifinal game against Oklahoma on Monday. The Bruins won 7-3 to force a second game.

UCLA lost the rematch 15-0 to top-seeded Sooners and was eliminated, but not before the world learned how proud Tom is of Maya. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback tweeted his excitement at their between-game effort.

“His support is obviously very influential to me,” Maya said. “He’s a big factor in my life so it’s nice to know he has my support.”

Maya is the daughter of Tom Brady’s sister, Maureen Brady, who was a Fresno State All-American pitcher. Her father is Brian Timmons.

Maya, a sophomore, said she appreciates the attention her uncle’s tweet has brought to her sport.

“For such a person with so many awards, a male athlete, the support of women’s sports is just huge for our game,” she said. “It’s really cool that he drew attention to the World Series in general.”

Brady’s three-run blast in the third inning gave UCLA a 5-1 lead. She added a two-run shot in the seventh.

“Obviously we have our backs to the wall in the first game, so we’re just trying to make a difference,” she said.

Just like Tom, she likes to prove critics wrong. She felt the Bruins shouldn’t be competing with Oklahoma, and she said the first game showed they could.

“I think it just kind of showed who we were — who we knew all year,” Brady said. “We knew we could do it. We didn’t care if people believed it or not because we knew what we were capable of. For us, it was just playing UCLA softball and it was just what we do every day and we just had fun.”

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