No. 2 Bruins Sweep Saturday Doubleheader With No. 6 ASU
LOS ANGELES - Junior Aaliyah Jordan had five hits in Saturday's doubleheader, freshman Maya Brady homered in both ends of the twinbill and Bruin pitchers struck out 19 Sun Devils, as second-ranked UCLA recorded 6-1 and 4-0 victories over Arizona State at Easton Stadium.
In game one, which counted towards the Pac-12 Conference standings, sophomore Megan Faraimo (9-1) struck out 10 in a complete-game, three-hitter, allowing just one run and one walk. She had 1-2-3 innings in the second, fourth, fifth and seventh, striking out a pair in the second, third and fifth. The Bruins (17-1, 2-0 Pac-12) had eight hits from seven different players, as senior Bubba Nickles tallied two hits and two RBI. UCLA hit four home runs.
Arizona State (17-4, 0-2 Pac-12) scored the game's first run in its initial time up, but UCLA tied things in the second when Brady hit a one-out homer, her third of the season.
In the third, the Bruins scored three times. Sophomore Kelli Godin led off with a bunt single, stole second and scored on a Nickles homer, her fourth of the year. One out later, Jordan doubled, and was pinch-run for by senior Alana Snow, who scored on a single by senior Rachel Garcia to make it 4-1.
UCLA tacked on solo home runs in the fourth, a two-out shot by junior Kinsley Washington, her second of the season, and the sixth on a leadoff smash by junior Delanie Wisz, her sixth.
In game two, which counted as a non-conference contest, Jordan had four of the nine hits to tie a career high. Garcia (4-0) struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings of shutout relief, giving up just two hits. She had a 1-2-3 fourth inning and fanned two in both the second and sixth. Junior Holly Azevedo started and fanned two in the first inning, tossing 1 1/3 and allowing a hit and a walk.
The game was scoreless until the fifth when the Bruins (18-1) rallied with two outs. Junior Briana Perez had a double and scored on a Jordan single.
In the sixth, UCLA pushed three runs across. Brady started things off with her second homer of the twinbill and fourth of the season. Freshman Alyssa Garcia followed with a double, and was pinch-run for by Snow, who moved to third on a grounder. After a walk to senior Jenavee Peres, Nickles lifted a sacrifice fly to plate Snow with the Bruins' third run. A walk to Perez brought up Jordan, who singled to score freshman Thessa Malau'ulu, who was running for Peres, to make it 4-0.
The Bruins look for the weekend sweep on Sunday at 2 p.m. The game will air on Pac-12 Networks.