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Faraimo Tosses Perfect Game in Win Over San Diego State

Feb 24, 2021
Redshirt sophomore Megan Faraimo

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LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Megan Faraimo threw the first perfect game of her career and the 19th in UCLA history, as the top-ranked Bruins defeated San Diego State 14-0 in five innings on Wednesday at Easton Stadium.

Faraimo, who hurled her third-career no-hitter and the 114th in UCLA history, struck out five in her 15-up, 15-down performance. She fanned the side in the first and one each in the third and fifth.

The offense exploded for 14 hits from nine different players, as junior Kinsley Washington was 3-for-3 with three doubles to tie a school record, while junior Delanie Wisz had four RBI on a three-run homer and a solo shot. Junior Briana Perez went 2-for-2 with three RBI and freshman Alyssa Garcia added two hits.

The Bruins (6-0) drew first blood in the first inning, as Perez doubled to right with one out and scored on a single up the middle by junior Aaliyah Jordan.

In the second, UCLA sent 11 hitters to the plate, scoring seven times. Garcia singled and freshman Seneca Curo walked to open the inning and Washington followed with a double to right to bring in Garcia with the Bruins' second run. After Curo was retired at home on a force play and senior Bubba Nickles walked, Perez had a scoring fly ball to right to bring in Washington to make it 3-0. With two outs, Jordan tapped one to first, but the San Diego State (5-1) first baseman decided to go home instead of to first, and sophomore Kelli Godin scored in a rundown to up the lead to 4-0. Wisz followed with a three-run homer to right to bring the advantage to 7-0. The Bruins weren't done, as freshman Maya Brady walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Garcia's second single of the inning to make it 8-0.

The Bruins tacked on five more in the third. Washington led off with a double and moved to third on an infield single by Godin. One out later, Perez tripled to right to score both runners to make it 10-0. In her first collegiate at-bat, freshman Lauryn Carter went yard to left to bring the Bruins' lead to 12-0, which was followed by Wisz's second long ball of the game to get UCLA to 13.

In the fourth, Washington hit a rocket off the first-base bag and into right field for a double, and was pinch-run for by senior Alana Snow, who scored on a pinch-hit single by senior Julie Rodriguez to put the Bruins up by a couple of touchdowns.

The Bruins travel to Tempe this weekend for three non-conference games against Pac-12 foes. First up is a matchup against No. 8 Oregon on Sunday at 1 p.m. PT. A live stream will be available on UCLABruins.com.