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'Sunday Night Softball' preview: California at No. 13 UCLA

Apr 23, 2017, Cal Athletics

Who: California at No. 13 UCLA

When: Sunday, April 23 at 5pm PT/6 MT on Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Bay Area and Pac-12 Los Angeles

On the call: Krista Blunk and Amanda Freed

UCLA leads series 2-0

On the home side: UCLA (32-12, 7-7)

Although the team has yet to record a home run this series, UCLA sits at seventh nationally (second in the Pac-12) in home runs. And while the number 13 Bruins sit in the middle of the Pac-12 conference in fifth place, they seem to sit atop of the conference in many categories. They are third in slugging percentage and doubles, second in sac bunts,

Bruins to watch:

Gabrielle Maurice- The senior had a night to remember in the first game of the series on Friday when she went 2-for-3 and hit a walk-off double to give the Bruins the 3-2 comeback win.

Zoe Shaw- The sophomore standout from game two of the series. After going 0-for-2 on Friday night, Shaw led the bruins Saturday night going 3-for-3 and two RBIs.


On the away side: California (26-15, 3-10)

The Golden Bears have been to battle with the Bruins for two-straight days. Cal was ahead in game one of the series, all the way until the bottom of the seventh inning. Already having been swept two times in Pac-12 play, the Bears have to find a way to connect the bat to the ball in order to prevent a third sweep.

Golden Bears to watch:

Jazmyn Jackson- Recently named to the Women’s National Team, Jackson, who leads the Pac-12 with 15 doubles and is tied for second with three triples, is due for a big swing this series. The junior leadoff hitter is currently 1-for-8 in the series, but still holds a .344 batting average.

Lindsay Rood- A member of the 2016 Pac-12 All-Freshman team, the sophomore, whose batting a .319, had an amazing first game of the series when she went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run, but recorded no hits with three at bats in Saturday night’s game. Look for Rood to try and show up big for the Bears on Sunday.