Azevedo Tosses Six Scoreless, Bruins Sweep Beavers
LOS ANGELES - Following standout performances in the circle on Friday and Saturday, the second-ranked Bruins received another great start on Sunday from junior Holly Azevedo, who tossed six scoreless in a 6-0 victory over Oregon State at Easton Stadium.
Azevedo (5-0) retired the first 12 batters of the game, striking out one in the first, two in the third and one in the fourth before surrendering her first hit to open the fifth. She retired the next three batters after that single, including another strikeout, while getting out of the sixth following a leadoff single. Freshman Lexi Sosa pitched a scoreless seventh, walking one.
At the plate, five Bruins (25-2, 8-1 Pac-12) accounted for UCLA's six hits, as freshman Alyssa Garcia notched two.
UCLA picked up two runs in the third thanks to a pair of physical errors and a mental miscue from Oregon State (15-20, 3-12 Pac-12). With junior Kinsley Washington at first after reaching on a fielder's choice, sophomore Kelli Godin laid down a perfect bunt for a hit, with the throw from the OSU third baseman sailing into right field. Washington reached third on the error, and when the Beavers delayed in getting the ball back into the circle, the junior scampered home with the game's first run. One out later, junior Briana Perez grounded one to short, but it was misplayed, allowing Godin to score UCLA's second run.
The Bruins added three more in the fifth. Garcia singled to open the inning, moved to second on a passed ball and advanced to third on a grounder. One out later, junior Aaliyah Jordan walked to put runners at the corners, and both her and Garcia came home on a triple to right-center by Perez to make it 4-0. Senior Rachel Garcia followed with a single to left-center to bring in Perez to increase the lead to 5-0.
In the sixth, freshman Maya Brady added to the lead with a solo homer to right, her sixth of the season, to make it 6-0.
The Bruins host Washington in a four-game series starting on Friday, April 23 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on Pac-12 Network.