No. 2 Bruins Homer Thrice in Run Rule of San Jose State
LOS ANGELES - The second-ranked Bruins powered three home runs and 13 hits on Sunday, with freshman Lexi Sosa and senior Rachel Garcia combining on a one-hit shutout, as UCLA defeated San Jose State 14-0 in five innings at Easton Stadium.
Eight different players accounted for UCLA's hits, as junior Kinsley Washington was 3-for-3 with four runs batted in. Junior Aaliyah Jordan had two hits and three RBI, freshman Thessa Malau'ulu recorded two hits, two RBI and three runs scored, junior Briana Perez added two hits and three runs and freshman Maya Brady drove in three.
Garcia picked up the win in her season debut in the circle, striking out eight of the nine batters she faced across three perfect innings. Sosa tossed two scoreless frames, posting a strikeout and giving up a hit and a walk.
The Bruins (10-1) scored in all four of their plate appearances, getting their first run after Perez reached on a one-out hit, stole second and scored on a Jordan single up the middle.
UCLA scored four in the second. Sophomore Anna Vines led off with a single, stole second and scored on a Malau'ulu double to make it 2-0. Washington followed with a double of her own to score Malau'ulu, moved to third on an out and scored on a sacrifice fly from senior Bubba Nickles to increase the lead to 4-0. Perez then homered, her third of the season, to make it 5-0.
Two more came across in the third, as junior Delanie Wisz led off with a double, and was pinch-run for by senior Alana Snow, who scored two outs later on Malau'ulu's second double of the game. Washington then singled to plate Malau'ulu to make it a 7-0 advantage.
The Bruins sent 10 to the plate in the fourth, scoring seven times. Nickles led off with a walk, Perez was hit by a pitch and both came home on a double from Jordan. After a walk to Wisz, Brady connected on a three-run homer, her first of the season, to put the Bruins up by a dozen. One out later, Garcia doubled and Washington homered, her first of the year, to give the Bruins a 14-0 lead.
UCLA hosts UC San Diego on Tuesday at 2 p.m. A live stream will be available on UCLABruins.com.