The Bruins put up a total of 17 runs to the Bears’ 6 last weekend and will host the #6 Arizona State Sun Devils in their final regular season games.
Senior Madeline Jelenicki hit a pair of home runs and junior Brianna Tautalafua and redshirt freshman Aaliyah Jordan added one each. Rachel Garcia picked up her 19th win of the season, giving up just three hits and no walks in the victory.
Senior Selina Ta’amilo started the game and struck out one and walked two, while Holly Azevedo pitched just under three innings, striking out four and giving up five runs and five hits.
UCLA took the lead first, scoring three runs in the first inning and adding another in the third on Jordan’s home run. In the bottom half of the third, Berkeley put up four to tie the score when Mikayla Coelho had a two-run double and Kobie Pettis drove in two more on a home run.
Jelenicki put the Bruins up by one in the fourth with her solo home run. In the sixth, sophomore Bubba Nickles started the inning off with a single and another home run by Jelenicki would bring the score to 7-4. A solo homer by Tautalafua would make it 8-4. The Bruins would add two more in the seventh and, while the Bears scored one to make it 10-5, UCLA would close out the game with a three-man relay to stop the Bears in their tracks.
Today’s game is at Easton Stadium at 7:00 pm PT, with the weather somewhere in the mid 60’s. The Sun Devils are on a seven-game winning streak with their last loss coming against Arizona on April 22.
Arizona State’s advantage will be in the circle. Giselle Juarez is ranked seventh in the country with a 0.92 ERA, and their total ERA is eighth at 1.42. Hitting is where the Bruins will be able to overcome ASU, with a .347 team batting average that ranks second in the country while ASU’s team batting average is .292,4 good enough for 50th. We should definitely see some great softball this weekend!