No. 2 Bruins Host No. 6 Arizona State in Pac-12 Opening Series
Sunday, March 21
No. 6 Arizona State at No. 2 UCLA
Los Angeles, Calif.
TV: Pac-12 Network National and Los Angeles
NO. 2 BRUINS WELCOME NO. 6 ARIZONA STATE IN PAC-12 CONFERENCE OPENER
The second-ranked Bruins open up Pac-12 Conference play this weekend at Easton Stadium with a four-game series against No. 6 Arizona State. Friday's game starts at 5 p.m. and will be live streamed on UCLABruins.com. Saturday's doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. and will air on Pac-12 Network Los Angeles. Sunday's contest starts at 2 p.m. and will air on Pac-12 Network National and L.A.
2021 PAC-12 CONFERENCE SERIES FORMAT
This season, Pac-12 Conference series' will consist of four games over three days, single games on the first and last days and a doubleheader on the second day. Three of the four contests (both single games and the first game of the doubleheader) will count towards the Pac-12 standings, with the other game designated as a non-conference contest. In the event one of the four games is canceled due to weather or COVID concerns, the other three games played will be used for conference standings.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fans are unable to attend games at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins travel to Berkeley next weekend. The series begins on Friday, March 26 at 2 p.m., continues on Saturday, March 27 with a doubleheader at 12 p.m. and concludes on Sunday, March 28 at 11:30 a.m. All four games will be live streamed, with watch links available on the softball schedule page.
BRUINS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS (THROUGH 3/14)
Slugging Percentage (5th, .684)
Batting Average (6th, .379)
Doubles (7th, 41)
On Base Percentage (7th, .460)
Runs Per Game (9th, 8.38)
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (10th, 5.73)
Winning Percentage (10th, .938)
Earned Run Average (11th, 1.25)
Shutouts (T-11th, 7)
Fielding Percentage (15th, .981)
Home Runs (T-25th, 25)
Triples (T-27th, 5)
Stolen Bases (T-40th, 29)
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (2nd, 14.40)
Wins (T-14th, 8)
Hits Allowed Per Seven Innings (16th, 2.90)
Strikeouts (T-25th, 72)
Earned Run Average (29th, 0.72)
Walks Allowed Per Seven Innings (30th, 0.72)
Slugging Percentage (30th, 1.021)
Runs Scored (T-32nd, 21)
Total Bases (T-34th, 49)
Batting Average (43rd, .479)
Home Runs (T-48th, 6)
Doubles (T-3rd, 9)
Walks (T-45th, 11)
SCOUTING THE ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS
Arizona State brings a 17-2 record into Pac-12 play, with the only losses coming to nationally-ranked teams Oklahoma and Baylor. The Sun Devils are hitting .388 as a team with 48 home runs and 27 stolen bases, averaging 9.21 runs per game. Fifth-year Maddi Hackbarth is first on the team in batting average (.491), home runs (12) and runs batted in (34). Fifth-year Kindra Hackbarth leads the squad with 11 stolen bases and is hitting .450, which is second on the team, with five homers, which is tied for second. Sophomore Jazmine Hill is also one of four players hitting five homers, batting .421 with 25 RBI, which is second on the team. Sophomore Lindsay Lopez has started seven games, while freshman Allison Royalty and fifth-year Cielo Meza have both started six. Lopez is 6-1 with a 1.65 earned run average and 44 strikeouts in 46 2/3 innings, Royalty is 5-1 with a 2.67 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 42 innings and Meza is 6-0 with a 3.58 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings.
THE SERIES: UCLA VS. ARIZONA STATE
The Bruins lead the all-time series with Arizona State 104-37 and have won five in a row, including all three in 2019 by mercy rule (16-5 in five, 9-0 in six and 10-0 in five). UCLA has also won 11 of the last 12. The Bruins are 50-16 at home against ASU.
--The Bruins have scored in the first inning in 13 of 16 games, with their 34 runs and +30 run differential their highest total in any inning this season ... UCLA has also closed games strong, outscoring the competition 17-1 in the sixth and seventh innings.
--Of her 15 outs recorded in game one of a March 12 doubleheader against UNLV, senior Rachel Garcia struck out 14 in a one-hit shutout. Garcia has retired 31 batters this season and 28 have walked back to the dugout after fanning. She made her season debut in the circle against San Jose State on March 7, striking out eight of nine in three 1-2-3 innings. At the plate, Garcia homered in her first at-bat against Fresno State (Feb. 12) and also left the yard in her last at-bat heading into Pac-12 play in game two versus UNLV (March 12). Garcia has hits in all eight games this season.
--Junior Briana Perez leads the team in home runs, having left the yard in each of the last three games, all of them in the first inning. She has also homered in game two at Fullerton (Feb. 20), game two versus LMU (Feb. 21) and against San Jose State (March 7). Perez has hits in 15 of 16 games, including the first seven of the season and the last eight heading into Pac-12 play. Dating back to last season, she has hits in 25 of her last 26, hitting .474 during that stretch. Perez is tied for first with seven multiple-hit games and solo first with five multi-RBI contests. The junior has scored in 12 of 16 games and is also 7-for-7 in stolen bases.
--Sophomore Megan Faraimo enters Pac-12 play coming off back-to-back, 12-strikeout games against UC San Diego (March 9) and UNLV (March 12 - Game 2). Her season high in strikeouts came in the season opener versus Fresno State (Feb. 12) when she had 13 in six innings of one-hit shutout ball. On Feb. 24 against San Diego State, Faraimo pitched the 19th perfect game in UCLA history and her third-career no-hitter, striking out five. She has allowed no earned runs in eight of her 10 appearances.
--Senior Bubba Nickles has hits in 11 of her 16 games and is tied for the team lead with seven multiple-hit games. Nickles has RBI in 12 of 16 and multiple in four contests, which is tied for second. She drove in four in game one against UC Santa Barbara on March 11. Nickles has also crossed home plate in 12 of 16 games. She homered in her first at-bat of the season against Fresno State (Feb. 12), adding dingers versus Utah (March 1) and UCSB (March 11 - Game 1).
--Junior Delanie Wisz is tied for second with four multiple-RBI games, posting four in a game on three occasions. She hit a three-run homer and a solo shot against San Diego State (Feb. 24), the sixth two-homer game of her career. Wisz also drove in four versus Oregon (March 1) and UCSB (March 11 - Game 2), homering in both contests. The junior has hits in 13 of 16 games, including six in a row heading into Pac-12 play. Wisz, who has played third and first base, has also caught in six games, having thrown out three runners. She has not made an error in 73 chances at her three positions combined.
--Junior Kinsley Washington had a stretch of five-straight, multiple-hit games from March 1-11 and is third on the team with six multi-hit contests. She went 3-for-3 with four RBI (tied a career high) and a homer on March 7 against San Jose State. Washington, the team leader in doubles with nine, became the seventh Bruin to post three in a single game on Feb. 24 versus San Diego State. Washington is tied for second with four multi-RBI games and is a perfect 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts.
--Junior Aaliyah Jordan has four multiple-hit games and four multi-RBI contests, producing three of them in the same game. She was 2-for-2 with four RBI against Loyola Marymount (Feb. 21 - Game 1), 3-for-3 with two RBI, a homer and two doubles versus Oregon (March 1) and 2-for-3 with three RBI against San Jose State (March 7). She set a career high with four runs scored against Oregon and tied a personal best in RBI versus LMU.
--Freshman Maya Brady has hits in nine of her 11 games, including seven in a row, and RBI in six of 11. All three of her multiple-RBI games this season came successively against Cal State Fullerton (March 3), San Jose State (March 7) and UC San Diego (March 9). Brady hit a three-run homer versus SJSU and a solo shot in game one against UC Santa Barbara (March 11).
--Junior Holly Azevedo posted her first scoreless appearance of the season last Thursday in game one of a doubleheader against UC Santa Barbara, tossing 4 2/3 shutout innings. Azevedo, who is 3-0 this season, has a sterling 37-1 record for her career after going 15-0 as a freshman in 2018 and 8-0 last year.
--Sophomore Anna Vines produced a career high three hits in game two at Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 20, including a home run, and has hits in eight of 13 games. She had her second multiple-hit game in the nightcap of last Friday's twinbill against UNLV with a single and a double.
--Freshman Alyssa Garcia has two-consecutive, two-RBI games coming into Pac-12 play (March 11 vs. UCSB - Game 2 and March 12 vs. UNLV - Game 1), hitting her second collegiate homer against the Gauchos. Garcia's first home run came in game one at Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 20, which started a six-game hitting streak. Defensively, she has not made an error in 81 chances.
--Sophomore Kelli Godin hit her first collegiate homer, a two-run shot, to end last Friday's win over UNLV in game two of a doubleheader. She has hits in 12 of 16 games this season and has scored in 10 of 16. Godin is a perfect 6-for-6 in steal attempts.
--Freshman Lexi Sosa has posted a scoreless appearance in three of her five games, including the last two. She has a pair of four-strikeout games against Utah (March 1) and UC Santa Barbara (March 11).
--Freshman Thessa Malau'ulu has made the most of her plate appearances, as she has reached in eight of her 10 trips to the plate on two singles, two doubles and four walks. She had a pair of run-scoring doubles and three runs against San Jose State (March 7).
--Along with Godin and Alyssa Garcia, freshman Lauryn Carter hit her first collegiate home run against San Diego State on Feb. 24.