With the nation's sports focus squarely on March Madness, it's somewhat fitting that most of UCLA's non-revenue squads are out of action this week for the break between winter and spring quarters. And while we're locked into our upcoming Sweet Sixteen chance for revenge against those damn Florida Gators, we take a few quick minutes to run through the various results from the rest of the UCLA squads in action this past week:
--- Beginning with our #1-ranked softball team, the Lady Bruins hit the road this past weekend, heading north to Seattle for a weekend series against the #5-ranked Washington Huskies, beginning with a 4-2 win on Saturday. Ally Carda (7.0 IP, 0 ER, 8 K) got the start for UCLA and delivered with a solid outing, holding the Huskies to just two unearned runs, while her battery-mate, C Stephany LaRosa (1-4, 2 RBI), delivered the big hit to ensure Carda would pick up her 16th win of the year. The next day, Carda put together a solid outing both at the plate (1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR) and in the circle (4.0 IP, 1 ER, 7 K) , but unfortunately it was in relief after Jessica Hall (0.0 IP, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K) got shell-shocked and run off the diamond before registering a single out, with Washington going up 9-2 after just one inning. The Bruins were never able to recover from Hall's shaky outing, with the game being called after the top of the fifth on the mercy rule, with the Huskies grabbing a 10-2 win. With the split results, the Lady Bruins are now 27-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play, and will wrap up their Seattle series this afternoon (2 p.m. PST) before returning to Westwood for a doubleheader against UCSB on Wednesday.
--- While the softball team's trip to Seattle hasn't been perfect, the #2-ranked women's tennis team trip to Seattle this weekend was, with the Lady Bruins sweeping the Huskies, 7-0, on Friday. The Bruins opened it up by grabbing the doubles point (8-2, 7-8, 8-4), before running the table in singles' action, with Chanelle Van Nguyen (6-0, 6-4), Kyle McPhillips (6-2, 6-2), and Catherine Harrison (6-3, 6-2) clinching it for UCLA, before Courtney Dolehide (0-6, 6-4, 10-4), Jennifer Brady (1-6, 6-1, 6-3), and Robin Anderson (6-4, 7-6) tacked on the three extra points to complete the sweep. With the win, the Bruins are now 15-1 on the year and will return to Westwood to take on Washington State this Friday.
--- Jumping into the pool, the #2-ranked women's water polo team had only one game this past week, taking on and sweeping aside Harvard in Westwood, 18-7. The Bruins came out of the blocks firing, taking a 6-2 lead after just one quarter, and finished strong, outscoring the Crimson, 7-1, in the fourth quarter, led by Emily Donohoe's four-goal effort. With the win, UCLA is now 18-2 on the season, and will next take on Berkeley this Thursday in the Bay Area.
Alright folks, those are your quick-hitting spring break Bruin Bites for this Monday morning. Fire away in the comment section with your thoughts, additions, or other bits of UCLA-related news.