The UCLA Softball team completed their sweep of Utah last Sunday by demolishing the Utes and allowing only one run across the series.
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Holly Azevedo pitched a complete game on Sunday, striking out three and allowing only four hits. The sophomore trio of Aaliyah Jordan, Briana Perez, and Malia Quarles drove in nine of the Bruins’ ten runs in the shutout victory.
Bubba Nickles began the bottom of the first with a walk while Perez followed with a single and Rachel Garcia walked to load the bases. That brought up Jordan who hit a two-run single down the line. While that begin the scoring machine, it also proved to be the game-winning hit. After Colleen Sullivan walked to re-load the bases, a single by Quarles scored both Jordan and Garcia to making it 4-0 Bruins with still no outs. But the Utes would finally be able to stop the bleeding and keep the score that way for now.
In the second, Nickles led off again. This time, she picked up with a single and advanced to second on a passed ball. Jordan drove in another run when she singled through the right side, scoring Nickles. Jordan scored again when Quarles hit yet another single to right field and UCLA led 6-0 after two.
Kinsley Washington scores the only run in the third after she was walked, stole second, and advanced to third on a Kelli Godin groundout. A fielding error by the Utes brought her in, and the score was 7-0, UCLA, at the end of the third.
The final three runs of the game would come on a three-run, mercy rule walk-off home run to right field by Perez in the bottom of the fifth to put the Bruins up, 10-0, and that hit ended the game due to the mercy rule.
Stanford has lost six of their last seven. Over the past two weekends, they were swept by both Arizona schools and scored only 16 runs across those six games. Pitcher Kiana Pancino has the lowest ERA at 2.54, but has also only pitched in seven games, winning all of them. Their most experienced pitcher is Carolyn Lee. Lee is 10-6 with a 3.53 ERA over 125 innings pitched. Stanford’s hitting is not the strongest. Their best batter is Teaghan Cowles, who has a .403 batting average.
Tonight’s game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks Los Angeles and game time temperatures should offer fans a picture perfect early evening softball game.
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