UCLA Softball Week in Review 20210419

#2 UCLA (22-2, 5-1) returned home to play Oregon St. (15-17, 3-9) without Bubba Nickles. The leadoff role again fell to Aaliyah Jordan (2/9, 3 R, RBI, 2 BB, HR, .353 OB%).

Rachel Garcia, (7-0, 0.47 ERA) got the start on Friday facing Oregon St. ace Mariah Mazon (11-9 2.29 ERA). Garcia (7 Innings, 3 BB, 12 K) pitched a complete game no hit win (7-0). Mazon (3 Innings 7H, 2R, BB, 2 K) allowed runs in the bottom of the 2nd and 3rd innings before yielding to Nerissa Eason (1-5, 3.53 ERA). Eason (3 Innings, 7 H 5 R, 2 BB, 2 K) managed to contain the Bruins until the bottom of the 6th when they erupted for 5 runs. The Bruin offense (.467, 7 R, 6 RBI, 3 BB, HR, DBL) had base runners in every inning eventually stranding 6.

Megan Faraimo (10-2, 0.95 ERA) started the 2nd game against Nerissa Eason (1-6, 3.53 ERA). Faraimo (7 Innings, H, 17 K) pitched a complete game 1 hit shutout with a career high 17 strikeouts enroute to a 7-0 UCLA victory. Eason (4 Innings, 5 H, 4 R, 5 BB, 2 K) allowed 2 runs in the first inning then settled down until walking the first 2 Bruins batters in the 5th inning. Trystan Melancon (3-3, 3.28 ERA) relieved Eason and UCLA’s offense erupted scoring 5 runs. The Bruins managed to get 13 runners on base but left 6.

The second game of the double header was cancelled.

Holly Azevedo (4-0, 2.43 ERA) and Lexi Sosa (2-0, 1.62) combined to for a 2-hit shutout as UCLA won the final conference game (6-0). Azevedo (6 Innings, 2 H, 5 K) originally scheduled to pitch Saturday night was not affected by the delay. Sosa (1 Inning, BB) came in to pitch the 7th and closed the door on the Beavers. Oregon St. ace Mariah Mazon (10-11, 2.30 ERA) was called on to pitch again. She (4 2/3 innings, 5 H, 5 R, BB, 2 K) pitched well until errors by her infield gave UCLA a 2-run lead. She yielded 3 more runs in the bottom of the 5th before being relieved by Nerissa Eason (1-6, 3.53 ERA). Eason (1 1/3 innings, H, R, 1K) allowed a leadoff home run by Maya Brady (1/3, R, RBI, HR) in the bottom of the 6th before retiring the side. The Bruin offense scored late in the game again, plating runs in the 3rd, 5th and 6th innings.

Overall, the Bruin pitching staff was spectacular shutting out the Beavers and allowed only 3 hits for the weekend (.046 OBA). The UCLA offense was productive (.333 BA, 20 R, 15 RBI 9 BB) although it stranded 14 runners.

Although Jordan did an adequate job as the leadoff hitter, the Bruins should look to last year’s leadoff hitter Kinsley Washington (5/8, 2 R, 2 RBI, DBL, .625 OB%)

Around the Pac 12

Pac 12 teams continue to beat each other up in conference play shuffling the middle third of the standings.

#2 UCLA (25-2, 8-1) remains atop the Pac 12 standings after sweeping 3 conference games from Oregon St. (15-20, 3-12) setting up a showdown next weekend with Washington. Oregon St. takes a break from softball this week.

#6 Washington (34-6, 12-2) remains in second after it swept 3 conference games # 4 Oregon (28-8, 6-6) who managed to win the non-conference game. Oregon fell to 5th.

#13 ASU (28-11, 9-6) stunned #8 Arizona (27-8, 6-5) sweeping 3 conference games and losing the non-conference game moving into 3rd while Arizona dropped to 4th.

Utah (16-18, 2-10) took a break from Pac 12 play and will play 2 non-conference games before facing Arizona.

Stanford’s (23-11, 4-5) series with UC Berkeley (16-12, 3-6) was cancelled due to COVID-19 issues within the California program. Stanford will face a fired-up Oregon while UC Berkeley will square off with a hot ASU team.

Next Game: University of Washington at Easton Stadium

Apr 23 (Fri) 7:00 PM PT

Apr 24 (Sat) 4:00 PM PT

Apr 24 (Sat) 6:30 PM PT

Apr 25 (Sun) 1:00 PM PT

Next Week Preview

In another Pac 12 show down, #2 UCLA (25-2, 8-1) will face off with #6 University of Washington (34-6, 12-2) on 4/23-4/25. The Bruins swept the Huskies (3-0, 4-2 (8), 15-6 (5)) during the 2019 regular season then knocked the Huskies (3-0 (10)) out of the college world series semifinals on a 10th inning walk off home run by Rachel Garcia.

The Huskies relies on SA Preseason #5 ace Gabbie Plain (23-0, 0.93 ERA). Although Plain is 0-4 against the Bruins, she constantly frustrates UCLA’s offense (2.48 ERA, .195 OBA)

8/9 Washington starters hitting over .330 led by SA Preseason #6 Sis Bates (.434).

UCLA will counter with their dynamic duo pitching staff Rachel Garcia (7-0, 0.47 ERA) and Megan Faraimo (11-2, 0.86 ERA). There is no word regarding the return of Bubba Nickles (.353) but Anna Vines (.308) did well replacing her in the lineup and Aaliyah Jordan (.363 OB%) filled in at the leadoff spot.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.

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