This evening, the top-ranked UCLA softball team will start a three-game road series with the Arizona State Sun Devils at Farrington Softball Stadium in Tempe, Arizona at 5 pm PT.
Last Time Out
After edging the UC Berkeley Golden Bears in the first two games of last weekend’s series, the Bruin bats broke out on Sunday as UCLA completed the series sweep on Sunday by a score of 6-0.
After combining with Holly Azevedo on Saturday for a shutout, freshman Megan Faraimo threw a complete game shutout on Sunday. She allowed just one hit over seven innings with no walks and four strikeouts.
In the bottom of the first, Briana Perez led off with a single and later stole second. Perez scored on an RBI single up the middle by Rachel Garcia as the Bruins took a 1-0 lead.
While that would end up being the game-winning RBI for UCLA, they didn’t stop there. In the second, Paige Halstead led off with a single up the middle. Jacqui Prober moved her over to second on an infield hit and Kelli Godin advanced both Halstead and Prober over with a sacrifice bunt. Perez then hit a single to left which scored Halstead and moved Prober to third. Perez stole second on the first pitch to Bubba Nickles. As she did that, Prober broke for home, but got caught in a rundown. She was finally able to get out of it and score.
The score stayed 3-0 until the bottom of the sixth. Nickles and Garcia started the inning with a pair of singles. Aaliyah Jordan, then, hit a three-run homer to dead center to make it 6-0, UCLA.
The win was Faraimo’s 11th of the season and, with her other two wins from last week, helped earn her a fourth Pac-12 Freshman of the Week award. She now has a 0.97 earned run average and 89 strikeouts in 721⁄3 innings.
This is your UCLA vs. Arizona State Friday night softball open thread.