No. 2 Bruins Host No. 3 Washington
Friday, April 23
No. 3 Washington at No. 2 UCLA
Los Angeles, Calif.
TV: Pac-12 Network National and Los Angeles
Sunday, April 25
No. 3 Washington at No. 2 UCLA
Los Angeles, Calif.
TOP TWO TEAMS IN THE PAC-12 MEET, AS NO. 2 UCLA HOSTS NO. 3 WASHINGTON
The second-ranked Bruins entertain No. 3 Washington this weekend for a four-game series at Easton Stadium. Game one will be Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday's doubleheader will commence at 4 p.m. and Sunday's series finale will start at 1 p.m. The first three contests will air on Pac-12 Networks, while the series finale will be televised on ESPN2.
The Bruins are on the road next weekend, traveling to Salt Lake City for a four-game series at Utah. The first game will be Friday, April 30 at 4 p.m. PT, Saturday's doubleheader (May 1) will begin at 1 p.m. PT and Sunday's contest (May 2) will start at 11 a.m. PT. All four games will feature a free live stream, with links available on the softball schedule page at UCLABruins.com.
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 PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Senior Rachel Garcia was named Pac-12 Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season after throwing the second no-hitter of her career last Friday against Oregon State.
In her only appearance of the weekend, Garcia struck out 12 in seven innings to toss the 115th no-no in UCLA history. Garcia had 1-2-3 frames in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth innings, fanning the side in the seventh and two each in the first, fourth and fifth. Her 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 3-for-8 (.375) at the plate with three RBI in the Bruins' sweep of the Beavers.
It is the second week in a row Garcia has been honored by the Pac-12 after earning Player of the Week accolades on April 12 following the series at Oregon. She was also conference Pitcher of the Week on March 23 after the Arizona State series, as her career total grows to a school-record 13 Pitcher of the Week awards to go with her three Player of the Week plaudits. Maya Brady also received honors on March 23 when she was named Pac-12 Player and Freshman of the Week.
BRUINS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS (THROUGH 4/19)
Earned Run Average (2nd, 1.07)
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (2nd, 6.47)
Winning Percentage (3rd, .926)
Slugging Percentage (6th, .612)
Batting Average (7th, .341)
Shutouts (T-7th, 13)
On Base Percentage (9th, .425)
Runs Per Game (10th, 7.15)
Doubles (T-28th, 54)
Home Runs (T-33rd, 41)
Fielding Percentage (35th, .973)
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (2nd, 14.25)
Hits Allowed Per Seven Innings (7th, 3.05)
Earned Run Average (9th, 0.86)
Walks Allowed Per Seven Innings (11th, 0.76)
Strikeouts (T-45th, 114)
Earned Run Average (3rd, 0.47)
Hits Allowed Per Seven Innings (6th, 2.96)
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (14th, 7.80)
Bubba Nickles/Delanie Wisz
Sacrifice Flies (T-34th, 3)
Doubles (T-41st, 10)
Triples (T-43th, 3)
--The Bruins have scored in the first inning in 17 of 27 games, with their 44 runs scored and +38 run differential their highest total in any inning this season. UCLA has also closed games strong, outscoring the competition 34-2 in the sixth and seventh innings.
--The Bruins this season are undefeated when scoring in the first inning (17-0), when scoring the first run (21-0), when scoring at least two runs (25-0), when allowing two runs or less (21-0), when hitting a home run (22-0), when out-hitting their opponent (23-0), when leading after four innings (21-0), in home games (18-0) and against right-handed starting pitchers (17-0).
--Senior Rachel Garcia pitched the second no-hitter of her career last Friday against Oregon State, striking out 12. She allowed only four baserunners on three walks and a hit by pitch. Garcia has allowed zero or one run in all of her appearances, reaching double figures in strikeouts three times. She had back-to-back, 14-strikeout performances against UNLV (March 12) and Arizona State (March 19). Garcia won twice in the ASU series and twice more in the Oregon series. At the plate, Garcia has hits in 18 of her 19 games. She also has RBI in six games in a row and 10 of 12. Garcia hit a pair of homers in the Oregon series and two more in the Arizona State series, adding bombs versus UNLV and in her first at-bat of the season on Feb. 12 against Fresno State.
--Junior Briana Perez has hits in 23 of 27 games, and 33 of 37 dating back to last year, including streaks of seven, eight and five this season. She is tied for the team lead in home runs with seven, hitting a three-run shot in the series finale at Oregon on April 11. Last weekend, Perez was 4-for-11 (.364) with four RBI, two doubles and a triple against OSU. She hit home runs in three games in a row from March 11-19 (UCSB, UNLV, ASU), adding long balls versus Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 20), LMU (Feb. 21) and SJSU (March 7). Perez leads the team with eight multiple-RBI contests, including three in her last four games. She is also tied for second with eight multiple-hit games. Perez has scored a run in 21 of 27 games, including multiples nine times. She is 9-for-9 in stolen base attempts.
--Sophomore Megan Faraimo set a new career high with 17 strikeouts last Saturday against Oregon State in a one-hit, complete-game shutout. It was her fifth double-figure strikeout game of the season. She had 13 in a season-opening, one-hit shutout against Fresno State (Feb. 12), 12 strikeouts in back-to-back efforts versus UC San Diego (March 9) and UNLV (March 12) and 10 against Arizona State (March 20). Faraimo has allowed zero or one earned run in 12 of her 15 appearances. On Feb. 24 against San Diego State, Faraimo pitched the 19th perfect game in UCLA history and her third-career no-hitter, striking out five.
--Junior Aaliyah Jordan hit her third home run of the season in last Friday's series opener against Oregon State, the second weekend in a row she has left the yard after doing so on April 10 at Oregon. Jordan's first homer of the year also came against Oregon, in Tempe, on March 1, as she went 3-for-3 with two RBI, two doubles and a career-high four runs scored. She tied a career high with four hits against Arizona State on March 20, posting hits in all four games of the series. Jordan has six multiple-hit games and five multi-RBI contests, producing four of them in the same game. She tied a personal best with four RBI versus LMU on Feb. 21.
--Freshman Maya Brady snapped a six-game streak without a home run with a solo shot last Sunday against Oregon State, one of two run-scoring hits she had last weekend. Brady set career highs with six runs batted in and three hits on March 21 against Arizona State, which led to her earning Pac-12 Player and Freshman of the Week honors. She homered in each of the last three games of the ASU series, also leaving the yard against San Jose State (March 7) and UC Santa Barbara (March 11). Brady has hits in 16 of her 22 games, including an 11-game streak from March 3-April 9 (14-for-25, .560, 5 HR, 18 RBI, 8 R, 7 BB, 3 SB).
--Junior Kinsley Washington is tied for second on the team with eight multiple-hit games, posting two last weekend in the Oregon State series when she was 4-for-8 (.500) with two RBI and two steals. Washington, the team leader in doubles with 10, became the seventh Bruin to post three in a single game on Feb. 24 versus San Diego State. She homered on March 7 against San Jose State, going 3-for-3 with four RBI, which tied a career high. Washington left the yard for the second time this season on March 20 against Arizona State. Washington had a stretch of five-straight, multiple-hit games from March 1-11, and is 11-for-11 in steal attempts.
--Junior Delanie Wisz is tied for the team lead with seven home runs, hitting another one at Oregon on April 10 when she posted her fourth four-RBI game of the season. On Feb. 24 against San Diego State, she recorded the sixth two-homer game of her career with a three-run homer and a solo shot. Wisz also drove in four versus Oregon on March 1 and UC Santa Barbara on March 11, leaving the yard in both contests. She has hits in 18 of 27 games. Wisz, who has played third and first base, has also caught in 10 games, having thrown out three runners from behind the plate.
--Junior Holly Azevedo has been outstanding in her last four appearances, posting a 3-0 record and 17 strikeouts in 19 innings, allowing just two earned runs (0.74 ERA). She struck out five and only allowed two hits in six innings last Sunday against Oregon State, but perhaps her best collegiate start came on April 10 at Oregon when she tied a career high with eight strikeouts in a complete-game win. Her four-game stretch began with 4 2/3 scoreless against UC Santa Barbara on March 11. Azevedo holds a 39-1 career record.
--Freshman Alyssa Garcia had hits in all three games of the Oregon State series (4-for-7, .571, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB). She belted her third home run of the season on Saturday, a pinch-hit, two-run shot, adding a pair of singles on Sunday. Garcia also had a two-run shot versus UC Santa Barbara on March 11, hitting her first collegiate homer, a solo bomb, on Feb. 20 at Cal State Fullerton. Defensively, she has made just one error in 155 chances (.994 fielding percentage), having thrown out five runners from behind the plate.
--Sophomore Kelli Godin has hits in 18 of 27 games this season, including two singles with two runs last weekend. She has a pair of two-hit contests against Cal State Fullerton (March 3) and UC Santa Barbara (March 11). On March 12 versus UNLV, Godin hit the first home run of her career, a two-run shot that ended the game in mercy-rule fashion. Godin is a perfect 9-for-9 in stolen base attempts, swiping one last weekend and two in the Arizona State series.
--Sophomore Anna Vines has four multiple-hit games this season, adding another one with a pair of singles last Friday against Oregon State. She produced two hits, a single and a double, and two runs batted in on April 10 at Oregon. Vines also went 3-for-3 with a solo home run at Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 20, adding two hits versus UNLV on March 12. She scored a pair of runs in both ends of the March 12 doubleheader.
--Freshman Thessa Malau'ulu has made the most of her plate appearances, as she has reached in 10 of her 19 trips to the plate on two singles, two doubles and six walks. She had a pair of run-scoring doubles and three runs against San Jose State (March 7).
--Freshman Lexi Sosa has posted a scoreless appearance in four of her six games, including the last three (six innings, five strikeouts). She has a pair of four-strikeout games against Utah (March 1) and UC Santa Barbara (March 11).
--Senior Julie Rodriguez had a pinch-hit, RBI single last Friday against Oregon State, her second of the season (SDSU - Feb. 24).
--Along with Godin and Alyssa Garcia, freshman Lauryn Carter hit her first collegiate home run against San Diego State on Feb. 24.
--Senior Bubba Nickles, who is hitting .353 with four home runs and 22 runs batted in, remains out due to a wrist injury.
SCOUTING THE WASHINGTON HUSKIES
Since dropping its second Pac-12 series at Arizona State, Washington (34-6, 12-2 Pac-12) has won 10 conference games in a row. The Huskies swept Oregon in the league series last weekend, dropping the non-conference affair. Washington is hitting .336 as a team with 56 home runs and 54 stolen bases, averaging 6.6 runs per game. Graduate student Sis Bates is first with a .434 batting average and 18 stolen bases. Junior Baylee Klingler is second with a .386 average and first with 13 homers and 41 RBI, while junior Sami Reynolds is second with 10 homers and third with a .355 average and 32 RBI. Senior Gabbie Plain is 23-0 in the circle this season with a 0.93 earned run average and 252 strikeouts in 151 1/3 innings. Sophomore Kelley Lynch has pitched the second-most innings and is 5-5 with a 3.97 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings.
THE SERIES: UCLA VS. WASHINGTON
The Bruins lead the all-time series with Washington 62-35, having won seven in a row. The most recent matchup came in the semifinals of the 2019 Women's College World Series, as a walk-off, three-run homer in the 10th inning by Rachel Garcia lifted UCLA to a victory and a trip to the WCWS Finals, which the Bruins won over Oklahoma. The Bruins also swept Washington in Seattle in 2019 by a combined score of 22-8. In the last meeting at Easton Stadium in 2018, UCLA posted 3-0, 3-2 and 1-0 victories.