No. 2 Bruins Host Oregon State in Three-Game Series
NO. 2 BRUINS BACK HOME TO TAKE ON OREGON STATE
The second-ranked Bruins host Oregon State this weekend at Easton Stadium in what will now be a three-game conference series. Friday's series opener will be at 4 p.m., Saturday's single game will be at 11 a.m. and Sunday's series finale will be at 12 p.m. All games will feature a free live stream at UCLABruins.com.
It will be another Top 5 showdown for the Bruins next weekend, as they host No. 4 Washington in a four-game series at Easton Stadium. Game one will be Friday, April 23 at 7 p.m. The doubleheader on Saturday, April 24 will commence at 4 p.m., while the Sunday, April 25 series finale will be at 1 p.m. The first three contests will air on Pac-12 Networks, while the series finale will be televised on ESPN2.
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.
UCLA OUTDOOR HOME SPORTING EVENTS TO OPEN TO TEAM GUESTS BEGINNING APRIL 16
In compliance with state and county public health guidance, UCLA outdoor home sporting events will be open to a limited number of team guests, beginning April 16.
Seating at these events will be limited in order to comply with updated state public health guidance for higher education and college athletics that has been adopted by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, as well as city, county and campus COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
Tickets will not be available to the general public, and non-ticketed guests should not come to the competition venues. The UCLA campus remains closed to the general public.
UCLA will communicate with student-athletes and coaches regarding the process and protocols for their family members and guests to attend these outdoor home sporting events.
Per current state guidelines, attendance will be limited, and all spectators must be California residents. Seating will be confined to blocks of four or fewer seats with members of a single household. All spectators will be required to show proof of in-state residency. Spectators will be required to adhere to all physical distancing guidelines, sit only in their assigned seats, and wear face coverings at all times, except when actively eating or drinking.
RACHEL GARCIA NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
After a great weekend at the plate and in the circle at No. 3 Oregon, senior Rachel Garcia was named Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week on Monday.
Garcia had hits in all three Bruin victories last weekend, going 4-for-13 (.308) with two home runs, five runs batted in and two walks. She hit a two-run shot in Saturday's first game to give UCLA a 3-0 lead, adding two singles, including an RBI hit, in game two. On Sunday, Garcia belted the go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead in an eventual 6-2 victory.
The senior was also outstanding in the circle, picking up two wins and posting a 1.00 earned run average and 17 strikeouts in 14 innings. She tossed a complete-game shutout in Saturday's first game, striking out seven. Garcia fanned seven more in Sunday's win, tossing five innings of relief and allowing only a solo homer and two walks. Garcia got her weekend started on Friday with three strikeouts in two innings of relief.
Garcia leads the Bruins with a .415 batting average, an .878 slugging and a .510 on base percentage, and is third with six home runs, adding 11 runs batted in, nine runs scored and eight walks. In the circle, she has a team-low ERA of 0.55, a 6-0 record and 66 strikeouts in 38 innings.
Garcia, who was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week on March 23, has now earned three Pac-12 Player of the Week awards (April 16, 2018 and March 19, 2019) to go with a school-record 12 Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honors.
BRUINS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS (THROUGH 4/14)
Earned Run Average (2nd, 1.22)
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (2nd, 6.22)
Winning Percentage (3rd, .917)
Slugging Percentage (5th, .623)
On Base Percentage (8th, .428)
Batting Average (9th, .341)
Runs Per Game (11th, 7.21)
Shutouts (T-19th, 10)
Doubles (T-25th, 49)
Home Runs (T-32nd, 38)
Fielding Percentage (43rd, .971)
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (4th, 12.12)
Hits Allowed Per Seven Innings (11th, 3.27)
Walks Allowed Per Seven Innings (15th, 0.84)
Earned Run Average (16th, 0.95)
Earned Run Average (4th, 0.55)
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (8th, 9.43)
Hits Allowed Per Seven Innings (16th, 3.50)
Sacrifice Flies (T-25th, 3)
Sacrifice Flies (T-25th, 3)
SCOUTING THE OREGON STATE BEAVERS
Despite a 15-17 overall record and a 3-9 mark in Pac-12 play, Oregon State has posted two impressive victories over Top 5 Oregon (April 2) and Washington (April 10) over the last two weekends. The Beavers are hitting .255 as a team, averaging 4.3 runs per game and recording 36 home runs and six stolen bases. Sophomore Frankie Hammoude is first on the team with a .351 average, 12 home runs and 28 runs batted in. Junior Mariah Mazon is second with a .337 average, while junior Missy Nunes is second with eight homers and third with a .310 average. Mazon is also the leader in the circle for the Beavers, notching a 2.29 earned run average, an 11-9 record and 157 strikeouts in 140 1/3 innings. Senior Trystan Melancon is 3-3 with a 3.47 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings, while senior Nerissa Eason is 1-5 with a 2.74 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings.
THE SERIES: UCLA VS. OREGON STATE
The Bruins lead the all-time series with Oregon State 103-15, having won each of the six meetings in 2018 and 2019. UCLA is 55-5 at home versus the Beavers, winning five straight.