UCLA Softball Week in Review 20210329

This weekend's UCLA games were canceled due to COVID-19 developments within the UCLA program.

Around the Pac 12

#2 UCLA (19-1, 3-0) remained in the conference lead after not playing for the last two weeks.

#3 Oregon (26-2,5-1) dropped to 2nd in the conference by virtue of a conference loss to Oregon St. (14-14, 3-6) ending the weekend 2-1.

#6 Washington (28-4, 6-2) and #9 Arizona (25-5, 6-2) are tied for 3rd with weekend sweeps of Cal (12-11, 1-5) and Stanford (22-8, 3-3) respectively.

#14 ASU (21-9, 4-5) dropped another conference game against Utah (12-15, 1-8) going 2-1 for the weekend.

Next Games: At Oregon

Apr 9 (Fri) 5:00 PM PT

Apr 10 (Sat) 1:00 PM PT

Apr 10 (Sat) 4:00 PM PT

Apr 11 (Sun) 12:00 PM PT

Next Week Preview

These games will be dependent on UCLA clearing Covid protocols.

# 2 UCLA (19-1, 3-0) faces a rematch with #3 Oregon (26-2, 5-1) which will determine the lead in the Pac 12 conference.

Oregon assistant coach and UCLA alum Megan Langenfeld (UCLA 2011) will be a familiar face in the opposing dugout.

The Bruins split a 2 game non-conference series earlier in Arizona. In the first game, UCLA lost (1-3) its only game of the year. Megan Faraimo (6 Innings, 6 H, 3R, 2BB, 7 K) struggled at times yielding two homeruns and 2 walks but held the Duck offense to just 3 runs. Oregon Transfer Brooke Yanez (7 Innings, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 10K) baffled the powerful Bruin lineup with a masterful performance where the Bruins managed only 7 baserunners and stranded 5 of them.

In the second game, the Bruins handed Oregon its only non-conference loss (9-3). Holly Azevedo (3 innings, 4 H, 3 R 3 BB, 2K) had a shaky start. Megan Faraimo (4 innings, 3 H, 4 K) came in relief. The defense was shaky, but the offense came alive (.290, 9 H 9 R 7 RBI 2 BB 2 HR) burning through 3 Oregon pitchers Jordan Dail (1 2/3, 3H, 4 R, K), Reagan Breedlove (2/3 inning, 1 H, 1 R, 1BB, 1K) and Mackenna Kliethermes (4 2/3 innings, 5 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 6K).

The Oregon pitching staff is the strength of this team. Transfer Brooke Yanez (13-0, 1.34 ERA) has emerged as the ace of this staff (1.81 ERA) and is backed up by freshmen Raegan Breedlove (3-0, 1.53 ERA) and Makenna Kliethermes (5-1, 2.38). Last year's ace Jordan Dail (2-1, 2.40 ERA) has seen limited action this year (11 2/3 innings).

The Ducks top hitter freshman shortstop Alyssa Brito (.418) did not play last weekend forcing coach Melyssa Lombardi to juggle her lineup. Even without Brito the top of Oregon’s lineup is still batting over .300. The bottom of the lineup hit a combined 8/38 (.210 BA) against Oregon St. and still appears to be a work in process.

The Bruins are coming off an almost 3-week layoff due to Covid protocols and may be a bit rusty. Their rotation is set with Megan Faraimo and Rachel Garcia opening the two conference games followed by Holly Azevedo pitching the non-conference game. Faraimo and/or Garcia close off the weekend in the final conference game. Their starting lineup is also set with only positions being rotated.

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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