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UCLA Softball Week in Review 20210510

#2 UCLA (32-3, 13-2) swept a double header (5-1, 10-2 (5)) at Long Beach St. (26-6, 19-2). Bubba Nickles was not in the lineup. Kinsley Washington (Series .500 OB%) replaced her at the leadoff. Thessa Malau’ ulu (1/3, R) and Anna Vines (2/3, 3 R, RBI, BB, Dbl, HR) replaced her on the field.

In the first game, Rachel Garcia (8-0, 0.60 ERA) started against Kellie White (13-4, 1.66 ERA). It began as a pitching duel for the first 3 innings. Each team’s offense was anemic (Bruin (H, BB, BOE), Beach (2 BB, HBP)). The Bruins finally rallied for 5 runs in the next 3 innings thanks to 8 BB and 2 wild pitches from White (6 Innings, 5 H, 5 R, 8 BB, 4 K, 2 WP). Morgan Quinlan (2-1, 2.21 ERA) relieved White for the final inning (1 Inning, BB, K). Garcia (7 Innings, 4 H, R, 4 BB, 10 K, WP) was solid yielding a single run in the bottom of the 7th. The UCLA Offense (5/24, 5 R, 5 RBI, 9 BB, 2 BOE, TRP) continued to squander opportunities hitting into 2 double plays, one runner caught stealing and stranding 5 runners.

In the second game, Holly Azevedo (7-0, 1.67 ERA) turned in another strong performance (5 Innings, 3 H, 2 R, BB, 4 K). Samantha Fowler (3-1, 1.95 ERA) started for Long Beach St. but was chased early (2 1/3 Innings, 5 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 3 K, WP) as the UCLA offense finally woke up (9/23, 10 R, 8 RBI, 8 BB, HBP, 2 DBL, HR). Morgan Quinlan (2-1, 1.91 ERA) returned in relief but did not fare any better (2 1/3 Innings 3 H, 5 R, 6 BB, 2 K, 2 WP). Sophia Fernandez (0-0, 99.00 ERA) got the final out (1/3 Inning, H)

UCLA pitching continued to be the strength of this team as Garcia and Azevedo combined (1.75 ERA, .167 OBA) for 2 complete game victories.

#2 UCLA (34-3, 13-2) swept its final 4 home games against Stanford (29-14, 8-7). (4-0, 9-0 (5), 3-1, 8-0(5)) including 2 run rule victories. Bubba Nickles was not in the lineup. Aaliyah Jordan (Series .666 OB%) replaced her at the leadoff and Thessa Malau’ ulu (2/10, 2 R) replaced her on the field. Kinsley Washington was also nursing an injury and was replaced by Anna Vines (5/10, R, RBI, BB).

Rachel Garcia (9-0, 0.65 ERA) got the start in the first game against Alana Vawter (20-5, 1.00 ERA). Stanford ace Vawter (4 Innings, 8 H, 3 R, 3 BB, K) was hit early and often. She was relieved by Tatum Boyd (0-0, 4.00 ERA) who also struggled (4 H, R, K). Garcia (7 Innings, 3 H, BB, 5 K) looked sharp pitching a 3-hit complete game shutout. The UCLA Offense continued to squander opportunities (12/27, 4 R, 3 BB, HBP) getting cut down on 2 base running errors and stranding 9 runners.

Megan Faraimo (15-3, 1.16 ERA) started the first game against Regan Krause (7-6, 2.52 ERA). Faraimo (5 Innings, H, 4 K) pitched a 1 hit complete game shutout. A succession of Stanford’s pitchers struggled as the Bruin offense exploded (9/21, 9 R, 8 RBI, 8 BB, 2DBL, 2 HR, 8 LOB). Krause (1 Inning, H, 2 R, 3 BB, HBP) struggled early and was relieved in the top of the 2nd by Maddy Dwyer (2-1. 3.77 ERA). Dwyer (1 2/3 Innings 5 H, 3 R, BB) did not fare any better and was relieved in the bottom of the 3rd by Tatum Boyd (0-0, 3.89 ERA). Boyd (1 1/3 Inning, H, BB) managed to hold the Bruins for an inning. Gabi Peters (0-0, 3.50 ERA) entered in the bottom of the 5th and yielded (2 H, 4 R, 3 BB) home runs to Briana Perez (1/3, R, 2 RBI) and Delanie Wisz (2/4, R, 2 RBI) for the walk off victory.

The non-conference game saw Rachel Garcia (10-0, 0.58 ERA) facing Alana Vawter (20-6, 1.06 ERA) a second time. Garcia (7 innings, 3 H, R, 5 K) struggled in the 2nd inning yielding Stanford’s first run of the weekend but then retired the last 15 batters and drove in all 3 runs. Vawter (6 Innings, 10 H, 3 R, BB, 2 K) pitch out of trouble in almost every inning. The Bruin offense (10/27, 3 R, 3 RBI, BB, 7 LOB) wasted more opportunities stranding 7 runners.

In the final home game of the season, Bubba Nickles was introduced as the starting center on senior day. She was replaced by Maya Brady before the first pitch. Rachel Garcia (11-0, 0.62 ERA) faced Alana Vawter (20-7, 1.11 ERA) for the third time. The Bruin offense (9/20, 8 R, 7 RBI, 2 BB, DBL, HR, 3 LOB) battered Vawter (1/3 Inning, 5 H, 4 R) scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the first. She was quickly replaced by Maddy Dwyer (2-1, 4.30 ERA). Dwyer (3 1/3 Innings, 2 H 4 R, 2 BB, 2 K) allowed another 4 runs before yielding to Tatum Boyd (0-0, 3.39 ERA). Boyd (1/3 Inning, 2 H, K) closed out for the Cardinal. Garcia (4 Innings, 3 H, 2 K) scattered 3 hits shutting out Stanford. Megan Faraimo (16-3, 1.11 ERA) closed out the last inning (1 inning, 2 K)

UCLA pitching continued to be the strength of this team (0.29 ERA, .121 OBA, 3 complete games). The Bruin offense (.421 BA, 6 Runs/game, 14 BB, 6 DBL, 5 HR) asserted itself but continued to miss opportunities stranding 28 runners.

Around the Pac 12

#2 UCLA (38-3, 16-2) swept Stanford (29-18, 8-10) to remain atop the Pac 12 standings.

#5 Washington (39-12, 16-4) swept Utah (20-31, 2-19) to remain in 2nd.

#7 Arizona (35-10, 12-7) went 1-2 conference and 1-0 non-conference against # 12 Oregon (35-15, 11-10) to remain in 3rd.

#10 ASU (32-14, 12-9) struggled against Oregon St. (18-24, 5-16) going 1-2 in conference play but remains in 4th.

UC Berkeley (17-16, 3-8) went 1-1 in non-conference play against Long Beach St.

Next Game: at Arizona Tucson, AZ Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium

May 13 (Thu) 7:00 PM PT

May 14 (Fri) 4:30 PM PT

May 14 (Fri) 7:30 PM PT

May 15 (Sat) 1:00 PM PT

Next Week Preview

UCLA will wind up the regular season visiting #7 Arizona (35-10, 12-7) on 5/13 – 5/15. The Bruins dropped 2/3 (3-5, 5-4, 1-3) in the 2019 regular season to Arizona but beat them 6-2 in college world series knocking them into the elimination bracket.

The Wildcats roster was extremely dynamic in the off season losing 5 players to transfer including Marissa Schuld (2020 3 innings, 0.00 ERA) and starter Ivy Davis (.305). 5 players elected to use their COVID-19 year including SA #3 Jessie Harper (.395) and SA #13 Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza (.373). SA #11 Dejah Mulipola (2019 .311) returns from the national team adding to a lineup that batted .323 last year. The Wildcats also added 8 freshmen including 5 SA top 25 2021 recruits.

The Wildcats have 4 starters hitting over 300 with 2 hitting over 400 in conference play. They have a powerful middle of the lineup featuring Mulipola (.846 SLG%), Harper (730 SLG%) and Sharlize Palacios (.611 SLG%). Arizona pitching features a 1-2 punch with Hannah Bowen (4-2, 1.67 ERA) and Alyssa Denham (8-4, 1.89 ERA). Last week, Bowen had a perfect game through the bottom of the 6th and lost with a walk off home run in the bottom of the 7th. Denham lost a 0-1 as Oregon scored its lone run in the bottom of the 5th. Together (1.60 ERA, .210 OBA) they held Oregon’s offense in check while the UA offense struggled (.234 BA, 8 R, 7 RBI, 7 BB, 20 LOB) to score. UCLA’s offense will have to improve its efficiency against this pair.



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