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UCLA Softball Week in Review 20210517

UCLA (38-3, 16-2) wound up the regular season visiting #7 Arizona (35-10, 12-7) going 3-0 in conference play and 0-1 in non-conference play. The win on Friday coupled with a Washington loss gave UCLA the Pac 12 title.

Bubba Nickles was not in the lineup but could be seen in the dugout (not in uniform) cheering her teammates and favoring her left wrist. During an interview with the announcers, she was vague regarding her return. Aaliyah Jordan (Series .600 OB%) replaced her at the leadoff and drew 6 walks in 15 plate appearances. Thessa Malau’ ulu (0/2) and Anna Vines (3/9, 2 R, BB, DBL) replaced her in the lineup.

Rachel Garcia (12-0, 0.59 ERA) got the start against Wildcat Alyssa Denham (8-4, 1.89 ERA) as UCLA stunned UA with a run rule victory (8-0 (5)). The Bruins responded to Coach Kelly Inouye- Perez’s challenge batting around and hitting 3 home runs in the top of the first and chasing Denham (1 inning, 5 H, 4 R, BB, 3 HR). The offense (12/28, 8 R, 2 BB, DBL, 5 HR) continued to batter reliever Mariah Lopez (0-2, 6.83 ERA) (3 Inning, 7 H, 4 R, BB). Devyn Netz (0-0, 3.71 ERA) (1 inning) closed out for UA. Garcia (5 Innings, 2 H, BB, 2K) pitched a 2-Hit complete game shutout.

Megan Faraimo (16-3, 1.10 ERA) started the second game against Wildcat ace Hannah Bowen (8-2, 1.67 ERA) in a 6-3 Bruin victory. Faraimo (7 Innings, 5 H, 2 R, 10 K) dueled Bowen (7 Innings, 9 H, 6 R, BB, 3 K) until the UCLA offense (9/29, 6 R, BB, 2 DBL, 2 HR, LOB 6) arose late in the game. UCLA scored 3 runs in the 6th and 3 more in the 7th including home runs by Delanie Wisz (2/4, R, 3 RBI, DBL, HR) and Rachel Garcia (1/3, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR). UA scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th on a home run by Dejah Mulipola (1/3, R, 2 RBI).

Holly Azevedo (8-0, 1.77 ERA) started against Alyssa Denham (17-7, 1.91 ERA) in a non-conference loss (1-5). Azevedo (5 innings, 3 R, 3 BB, 6 K) and Rachel Garcia (13-0, 0.56 ERA) (1 Inning, 2 H, 2 R, 3K) were victimized by 2 UCLA errors resulting in 4 unearned runs. The Bruin offense (2/22, R, RBI, 8 BB) went dormant managing only 1 run scored with bases loaded on an HBP. Despite 8 walks by Denham (6 Innings, 2 H, R, 8 BB), UCLA left the bases loaded twice and stranded 9 runners. Devyn Netz (3-0, 1.40) (1 Inning) closed it out for the Wildcats.

Rachel Garcia (13-0, 0.55 ERA) started the final game of the regular season against Mariah Lopez (7-2, 3.13 ERA). Lopez (4 2/3 Innings, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K) cruised for the first 2 innings as Garcia (5 Innings, 6 H, R, 2 BB, 5 K) pitched her way out of trouble in every inning. Arizona rotated pitchers every time through the lineup. Hannah Bowen (8-3 2.04 ERA) followed Lopez and pitched well (2 Inning, H, 3 K). Alyssa Denham 18-7, 1.87 ERA) followed Bowen and struggled (0 Innings, H, 2 R, ER, BB). Denham looked distraught in the dugout as an assistant coach massaged her pitching shoulder. Devyn Netz (3-0, 1.33 ERA) relieved Denham and the Bruin offense erupted for 7 runs including a 2-run double by Maya Brady (2/4, R, 2 RBI, 2 DBL) and a 3-run home run by Kinsley Washington (1/4, R, 3 RBI, HR) chasing her (1/3 Inning, 6H, 5 R, 2BB). Lopez returned to pitch the final 2 2/3 innings. Megan Faraimo (17-3, 1.15 ERA) closed out the 7-2 victory (2 Innings, 2 H, R, BB, 4 K)

UCLA pitching continued to be the strength of this team (1.40 ERA, .229 OBA, 2 complete games). The Bruin offense (.276 BA, 6 Runs/game, 16 BB, 6 DBL, 8 HR) asserted itself but continued to miss opportunities stranding 28 runners. Maya Brady (.500 BA, 3 R, 4 RBI, BB, 3 DBL, 2 HR) was unstoppable. Conversely, normally reliable Kelli Godin (1/11) struggled.

Around the Pac 12

#2 UCLA (41-4, 19-2) won the conference title beating #8 Arizona (36-13, 12-10) in 3 conference games but losing the non-conference game. Arizona dropped to 5th in the conference.

#5 Washington (41-11, 18-5) split with Stanford (31-20, 9-12) winning 2 conference games. Stanford won a conference game and the non-conference game to finish 6th in the conference and strengthen it case for a NCAA tournament bid.

#11 Oregon (37-15, 14-10) swept UC Berkeley (17-10, 3-11) and remained in 3rd.

#12 ASU (32-14, 12-9) was idle this week and moved into 4th.

Oregon St. (20-26, 6-18) won 2/3 conference games but lost the non-conference game as Utah (22-33, 4-20) played spoiler probably knocking the Beavers out of playoff consideration.

Next Game: NCAA Regionals




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