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UCLA Softball Week in Review 20210503

UCLA (28-3, 10-2) rolled into Utah (17-23, 2-13) leading the conference standing. The Bruins swept 4 games (5-0, 4-0, 4-2, 6-1) from Utah to remain atop the pac-12. Bubba Nickles was not in the lineup this weekend. Kinsley Washington (Series .235 OB%) struggled to replace her at the leadoff spot and Thessa Malau’ ulu (3/11, 2 R, BB) replaced her on the field.

In the first game, Megan Faraimo (12-3, 1.39 ERA) got the start against Mary Beth Feldman (1-2, 9.39 ERA). Faraimo (7 Innings, 2 H, BB, 4 K) pitched a 2 hit complete game shutout in the UCLA victory (5-0). The Bruin offense struck early scoring 3 runs in the 1st including a home run by Aaliyah Jordan (1/4, R, 2 RBI, HR). Feldman (5 Innings, 8 H, 5R, 2 BB) settled down until the top of the 5th when the Bruins scored 2 runs on a home run by Rachel Garcia (2/4, R, 2 RBI, HR). Halle Morris (4-4, 5.13 ERA) relieved Feldman and shutout UCLA the rest of the way (2 Inning, H). The Bruins continued to waste opportunity leaving 6 runners stranded.

UCLA won the first game of the double header (4-0). Holly Azevedo (6-0, 1 88 ERA) got the start against Sydney Sandez (10-7, 5.48 ERA). Azevedo (5 2/3 Innings, 2 H, BB, 2 K) pitched a strong game retiring the first 12 batters in order. Rachel Garcia (8-0, 0 .52 ERA) entered with 2 outs in the 6th and got the save closing out the game (1 1/3 Innings, H, 2 K, HBP). Sandez (4 1/3 Innings, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, K) was effective in scattering the Bruin offense (10/29, 4 R, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 2 DBL, HR) with 3 runners caught stealing, 1 runner caught off second, and 9 runners stranded. Halle Morris (4-4, 4.98 ERA) entered in relief (2 2/3 Innings, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K) and gave up 2 runs for the final tally.

UCLA squeaked out a win in the second game of the double header (4-2). Lexi Sosa (2-0, 1.50 ERA) started and struggled early (1 Inning, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, WP) and was relieved by Megan Faraimo (13-3, 1.28 ERA) in the second inning. Faraimo (6 Inning, H, 6 K) shutdown the Utes the rest of the way. Mariah Lopez (4-10, 6.47 ERA) started for Utah and dominated (6 2/3 Innings, 4 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 7 K, HBP) a lethargic Bruin offense (6/26, 4R, 2 BB, DBL) until the top of the sixth inning. She was relieved by Halle Morris (4-4, 5.05 ERA) after giving up singles to Kelly Godin (1/3, R) and Kinsley Washington (1/4, 2 R) then walking Aaliyah Jordan. Morris (1/3, 2 H) gave up 2 hits including a 3 run double by Rachel Garcia (1/3, 3 RBI, DBL). Lopez returned and allowed an insurance run in the top of the 7th.

Megan Faraimo (14-3, 1.21 ERA) started the last game of the weekend against Mariah Lopez (4-11, 6.38 ERA). Faraimo (4 Innings, H, K) and Lopez (6 1/3 Innings, 7 H, 6 R, 8 BB, 4 K) dueled with Lopez pitching out of trouble in every inning (UCLA 11 LOB). Rachel Garcia (8-0, 0.51 ERA) came in to relieve Faraimo who had pitched 17/28 innings this weekend. Garcia (3 Innings, 3 H, R, BB, 2 K, 2 HBP) looked rusty giving up a home run and hitting 2 batters but got the save. UCLA held on to a slim 1-0 lead thanks to a Maya Brady (1/2, R, 2 BB, HR) home run. The Bruins finally got to Lopez in top of the 6th scoring an insurance run. UCLA chased Lopez when Bruin offense finally came to life in the top of the 7th, scoring 4 runs to put the game out of reach (6-1). Sydney Sandez (10-8, 5.42 ERA) faced the final three batters (2/3 Innings, H).

The UCLA pitching staff (0.75 ERA, .125 OBA) carried the weekend limiting UTAH to 3 runs in 4 games. While the Bruin offense (33/119, 16 BB, 2 DBL, TRP, 3 HR) was productive getting on base, it had trouble scoring runs stranding 31 base runners. The UCLA baserunners (51/55) also struggled (5/8) with 3 runners caught stealing and 2 runners caught off the base.

Around the Pac 12

#2 UCLA (32-3, 13-2) swept 4 games from Utah (19-27, 2-16) to remain atop the pac-12 standings.

#5 Washington (35-9, 13-4) has the week off and will remain in 2nd.

#9 Arizona (33-8, 11-5) remained in 3rd, when UC Berkeley (16-14, 3,8) cancelled its first two games against and were run ruled by UA in the final two.

#12 ASU (31-12, 11-7) moved into 4th going 2-1 conference and 1-0 Non-Conference against # 8 Oregon (31-13, 9-9).

Stanford (28-14, 8-7) won 3 conference games and lost the non-conference game to Oregon St. (16-23, 3-15).

Next Game:

at Long Beach State

May 5 (Wed) 1:00 PM PT

May 5 (Wed) 3:30 PM PT

Stanford Easton Stadium

May 7 (Fri) 7:00 PM PT

May 8 (Sat) 2:00 PM PT

May 8 (Sat) 4:30 PM PT

May 9 (Sun) 2:00 PM PT

Next Week Preview

#2 UCLA (32-3, 13-2) makes up a game postponed at Long Beach St. (26-6, 19-2). The two teams are familiar with each other and often play fall exhibition games. The Bruins struggled to beat LB St. in 2019 (5-3 8 innings). The Beach relies on pitchers Kellie White (13-4, 1.66 ERA) and Shannon Haddad (8-0, 2.05 ERA). 7 Long Beach starter are batting over .300 with 3 of those batting over .400.

UCLA plays its final 4 home games against Stanford (28-14, 8-7). The Bruins struggled to win 2/3 games (1-2, 7-4, 4-0) in 2019. While the pitching staff held Stanford to 6 runs in 20 innings, the offense scored only 5 runs against Stanford ace Carolyn Lee (1st and 3rd game).

Stanford has a solid young pitching tandem in Sophomore Alana Vawter (19-5, 1.04 ERA) and Softball #25 2021 recruit freshman Regan Krause (7-6, 2.52 ERA). The Cardinal rely on 3 starters to lead their offense. Junior Taylor Gindlesperger (Overall .350 BA, Conference.306 BA) and Grad Student Eleni Spirakis (Overall .308 BA, .496 SLG%, Conference .308 BA, .510 SLG%) are joined by Freshman Aly Kaneshiro (Overall.344 BA, .607 SLG%, Conference .351 BA, .649 SLG%)



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