After sweeping Ole Miss and Fresno State yesterday, the #1 UCLA softball team will close out the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament with another doubleheader today. The Bruins will face the UC Riverside Highlanders in the first game and the Loyola Marymount Lions in the second. Game one starts at 2 pm PT.
Last Time Out
Rachel Garcia struck out thirteen and scattered six hits en route to a 4-0 Bruin shutout of the Ole Miss Rebels yesterday afternoon.
Ole Miss threatened to score in the third after Ally Mena tripled to right to lead off the inning. Mikayla Allee tried to score Mena by laying down a bunt, but Garcia fielded it and threw Allee out at first where Anna Vines took the throw for the out and then threw home to Colleen Sullivan. Sullivan ran Mena back to third where Briana Perez was waiting for Sullivan’s throw. Perez made the tag to complete the double play. While Kylan Becker would reach base on a single before Kaylee Horton grounded out to end the inning, the double play was the only serious threat to Garcia’s shutout.
In the bottom of the third, Kelli Godin singled to start the inning for UCLA. Perez bunted her over to second and she advanced to third on a wild pitch to Bubba Nickles. Nickles then singled down the line to score Godin and give UCLA a 1-0 lead.
In the fifth, UCLA got an insurance run after Kinsley Washington doubled to left and scored on a throwing error when Godin laid down a bunt towards third. The Bruins added two more runs in the sixth to make it a 4-0 final.
In the nightcap, freshman Megan Faraimo struck out ten on her way to a five-inning no-hitter. It was quite the home debut for Faraimo who walked two in the first and didn’t allow another baserunner for the rest of the game.
Meanwhile, Zoe Shaw drove in a pair of runs in the second on a triple down the right field line while Washington hit a single to score Shaw, giving the Bruins a 3-0 lead. UCLA added a run in the third on a sacrifice fly by Brianna Tautalafua. The Bruins scored twice in the fourth and again in the fifth to end this game early due to the mercy rule.
The Bruins start off today with a game against the UC Riverside Highlanders at 2 pm. The Highlanders come into today’s game having lost four straight. They are currently losing to Fresno State by a score of 4-0 after four innings of play. Look for the Bruins to end this game quickly.
Later, UCLA hosts the Loyola Marymount Lions. The Lions won all four of their games last weekend at the Titan Classic in Fullerton. Yesterday, they split a pair by beating UC Riverside 2-0 in the opener before losing to Boise State, 9-8, later on. This morning, they needed eight innings to get past Cal Poly, 7-6. It’s possible that the UCLA offense could end this one early too, but this game is the game more likely to go a full seven innings today.
This is your UCLA Softball Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament, Day Three open thread.