Garcia Throws No-Hitter in Series Opener Versus OSU
LOS ANGELES - Senior Rachel Garcia threw the second no-hitter of her career and the 115th in UCLA history, as the second-ranked Bruins posted a 7-0 victory in Friday's series opener against Oregon State at Easton Stadium.
Garcia (7-0) struck out 12 in seven innings, allowing only four baserunners on three walks and a hit by pitch. She had 1-2-3 frames in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth, fanning the side in the seventh and two each in the first, fourth and fifth. Garcia's only baserunners allowed came on a first-inning hit by pitch and walk, a third-inning free pass and a seventh-inning walk.
Garcia was also the beneficiary of some fantastic defense, including multiple great plays by junior Briana Perez in the second, third and fifth innings, the last of which was a pop up bunt that she dove and snagged.
Garcia tossed her first no-hitter in the NCAA Regionals against Lehigh on May 19, 2017. She was also a part of a combined no-hitter in the NCAA Regionals on May 17, 2019 versus Weber State. It was the second no-hitter for the Bruins this season after sophomore Megan Faraimo threw a perfect game on Feb. 24 against San Diego State and third over the last 28 games dating back to Lexi Sosa's perfect game last March 7.
Offensively, the Bruins (23-2, 6-1 Pac-12) had 14 hits from nine different players. Perez, juniors Aaliyah Jordan, Kinsley Washington and Delanie Wisz and sophomore Anna Vines all had two-hit contests.
UCLA scored single runs in the second and third to take an early lead. With one out in the second, freshman Maya Brady walked and stole second, and two batters later, she came home on a single to right by Washington. In the third, Jordan launched her third home run of the season to right to bring the lead to 2-0.
The Bruins exploded for five runs in the sixth. Vines led off with a single, and one out later, moved to second on a Washington hit. Senior Julie Rodriguez then delivered a pinch-hit single to score Vines to make it 3-0. Following a walk to Jordan, Perez doubled to right-center to score a pair to bring the lead to 5-0. An infield single by Garcia scored two runs to make it 7-0.
The Bruins and the Beavers return to the field on Saturday at 11 a.m.
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