UCLA Softball Los Angeles Regional Week in Review 20210524

#2 UCLA’s (41-4, 19-2) opened the LA regional against a familiar opponent, Long Beach St. (30-9, 22-2).

Megan Faraimo (17-3, 1.19 ERA) got the start against The Beach ace Kellie White (16-6, 1.94 ERA). Faraimo (5 Inning, 2 H, BB, 11, K) pitched a 2 hit complete game victory. She struck out the final 4 batters in the 8-0 (5) run rule victory. The Bruin offense (7/21, 8 R, 7 RBI, 3 BB, 4 HR, 2 SB) came out aggressive and chased White (1 Inning, 4 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) early. Samantha Fowler (4-2, 2.45 ERA) came in relief. Fowler (3 Innings, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 4 K) gave up 2 solo home runs to Delanie Wisz (2/3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2HR).

Rachel Garcia (14-0 0.60 ERA) started the second game against Bulldog ace Hailey Dolcini (22-4, 0.97 ERA). UCLA escaped with a 5-4 win in the 8th inning. Garcia (8 Inning, 5 H, 4 R, BB, 13 K, 4 HBP) held Fresno St. in check to earn the win (5-4) in the 8th inning. The UCLA offense (12/34, 5 R, 5 RBI, 4 BB) turned this into a pitcher’s duel by squandering opportunities (0-9 RISP through 6th) stranding runners (12 LOB) in every inning but the 5th. Dolcini (7 2/3, 11 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 5 K) clearly fatigued from throwing over 100 pitches the night before and 144 pitches in this game, pitched out of trouble in every inning. UCLA finally scored to tie the game in the top of the 7th and scored just enough times in the top of the 8th to hold on for the win.

Megan Faraimo (18-3, 1.14 ERA) returned to pitch against Minnesota’s (31-12, 29-11) Autumn Pease (12-2 1.73 ERA). UCLA won another nail biter (2-1). Faraimo (1 2/3 Inning, 2 H, R) got into trouble early yielding a home run, a double and a hit batter in the bottom of the 2nd. Rachel Garcia (13-0, 0.75 ERA) entered and limited the Gophers to a hit and a HBP (5 1/3 Inning, H, 5 K, HBP). Pease (7 Inning, 7 H, 2 R, 7 K, HBP) limited the Bruin offense (7/27, 2 R, 2 RBI, 5 LOB) by mixing pitches and scatter hits across 7 innings.

Regional Summary:

Once again, the pitching staff (1.75 ERA, .140 OBA) carried the Bruins through the regionals as the offense struggled scoring runs in the final two games (5-4(8), 2-1) stranding 17 runners.

LA Super Regional Opponent: Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech (36-13, 23-11, playoff teams 8-9) won the Tempe regional upsetting #15 Arizona state. The Hokies rely primarily on ace Keely Rochard (28-8, 1.24 ERA) for pitching. Rochard (2.57 ERA, .214 OBA) pitched every inning for Virginia Tech in the regional.

Their offense (.304 BA) features 6 starters batting over .300. In regional play they batted .456 and averaged 8 runs a game. Kelsey Brown (.395 BA, .418 OB%) and Cameron Fagan (.402 BA, .439 OB%) set the table for power hitters Alexa Milius (.344 BA, .622 SLG), Jayme Bailey (.322 BA, .605 SLG) and Kelsey Bennett (.315 BA, .657 SLG). Catcher Mackenzie Lawter (.213 BA, .411 OB%) turns the line over.

Next Game: Virginia Tech at Easton Stadium, Los Angeles May 28th, 29th and 30th (if necessary)

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