No. 2 Bruins Sweep Saturday Doubleheader at No. 3 Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. - The second-ranked Bruins received outstanding pitching performances from senior Rachel Garcia and junior Holly Azevedo on Saturday, while UCLA's bats came alive to start game one and throughout game two in a doubleheader sweep at No. 3 Oregon at Jane Sanders Stadium. The Bruins won the first contest, 3-0, and claimed the second game, 9-3.
Garcia (5-0) posted the victory in game one, striking out seven in a complete-game shutout, allowing eight hits and two walks. She fanned a pair in the second inning and had a 1-2-3 frame in the fourth. The Bruins' four hits came from four different players.
After getting shutout in Friday's series opener, UCLA (20-2, 4-1 Pac-12) would quickly show that it would not be fooled again, as junior Aaliyah Jordan led off with a home run to left-center, her second of the season. Following a hit by pitch of junior Briana Perez, Garcia launched her fifth homer of the year way out to left to increase the lead to 3-0.
Oregon (27-3, 6-2 Pac-12) had its chances, but left 10 runners on base.
In game two, which did not count towards the Pac-12 Conference standings, Azevedo (4-0) pitched one of the best games of her collegiate career, tying a personal best with eight strikeouts in a complete-game effort. She allowed three runs (two earned), nine hits and one walk. She struck out two in the first and third frames and had a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth. Seven different Bruins (21-2) combined for their nine hits, as sophomore Anna Vines had two hits and two RBI, Garcia recorded two hits and junior Delanie Wisz drove in four.
Just like game one, the Bruins scored in their first at-bat in the nightcap. Jordan led off with a single, Garcia singled her to third one out later and Wisz lifted a sacrifice fly to center to put UCLA up.
UCLA rallied with two outs in the fourth. Freshmen Maya Brady and Thessa Malau'ulu drew walks, pulled off a double steal and scored on a Vines double to left-center to make it 3-0.
Oregon (27-4) got on the board in the bottom of the fourth, but the Bruins answered with four in the fifth. With one out, Jordan was hit by a pitch, and pinch-run for by freshman Seneca Curo, while Perez drew a walk. Garcia then singled up the middle to score Curo to make it 4-1. Wisz followed with a three-run homer to left, her team-leading seventh of the season, to increase the margin to 7-1.
The Ducks scored twice in the fifth, but the Bruins again answered with runs in the sixth and seventh. Vines led off the sixth with a single, and one out later, sophomore Kelli Godin singled. UCLA then scored again with two outs, as Perez singled to right to score Vines to make it 8-3.
In the seventh, Brady was hit by a pitch with one out, Vines walked with two outs and junior Kinsley Washington singled up the middle to score Brady to up the lead to 9-3.
The Bruins play their final game against Oregon on Sunday at 12 p.m. The game will air on Pac-12 Network National, Los Angeles and Oregon.