For most of the season, the Bruins’ bats have been explosive, but it’s a good thing that UCLA also has great pitching. Otherwise, they might lose games like yesterday’s game against UC Berkeley.
Rachel Garcia struck out twelve and allowed just four hits over seven innings. She allowed just one unearned run in the third inning.
The Bruins got on the scoreboard first in the second inning. Garcia led off the inning and singled to right. Madeline Jelenicki drove her in three batters later with a single up the middle as UCLA took a 1-0 lead.
Berkeley tied it up in the bottom of the third when Krysten McCue scored on a throwing error by Briana Perez.
The game stayed tied until the top of the seventh when Garcia helped her own cause with another single. Bruins coach Kelly Inouye-Perez sent Imani Johnson in to pinch-run for Garcia. Just like in the second inning, Jelenicki hit an RBI single to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.
After a 1-2-3 bottom half of the inning, the Bruins had extended their winning streak to 13 games.
This afternoon, UCLA looks to break out their brooms when they face UC Berkeley again at 2 pm PT. Today’s game is again on Pac-12 Networks National, Los Angeles, and Bay Area.
This is your UCLA Bruins at UC Berkeley Golden Bears softball game three open thread.