No. 2 Bruins Travel to LBSU, Host Stanford
NO. 2 BRUINS FACE LONG BEACH STATE BEFORE HOSTING STANFORD
The second-ranked Bruins travel to Long Beach State for a Wednesday doubleheader at 1 p.m. before hosting Stanford on Senior Weekend at Easton Stadium. The UCLA-Stanford series starts on Friday at 7 p.m., continues with a twinbill on Saturday at 2 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 2 p.m. All four games will be televised by Pac-12 Network, and will also have a free audio stream at UCLABruins.com.
The Bruins head to Tucson next weekend for a four-game series at No. 7 Arizona. Game one will be Thursday, May 13 at 7 p.m., the Friday, May 14 doubleheader will start at 4:30 p.m. and the series finale on Saturday, May 15 will begin at 1 p.m. The Thursday and Saturday contests, as well as the first game of the Friday twinbill, will air on Pac-12 Network, while ESPNU will televise the second game of Friday's doubleheader. On Sunday, May 16, ESPN2 will air the one-hour NCAA Selection Show at 6 p.m.
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.
BRUINS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS (THROUGH 5/3)
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (2nd, 6.44)
Earned Run Average (3rd, 1.21)
Winning Percentage (4th, .914)
Shutouts (T-9th, 15)
Slugging Percentage (10th, .580)
On Base Percentage (14th, .412)
Batting Average (18th, .327)
Runs Per Game (18th, 6.63)
Fielding Percentage (19th, .976)
Home Runs (T-29th, 52)
Doubles (T-39th, 60)
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (1st, 15.11)
Walks Allowed Per Seven Innings (7th, 0.61)
Hits Allowed Per Seven Innings (14th, 3.55)
Earned Run Average (23rd, 1.16)
Wins (T-39th, 15)
Earned Run Average (2nd, 0.60)
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (13th, 7.67)
Hits Allowed Per Seven (15th, 3.62)
Runs Scored (T-42nd, 40)
THE SERIES: UCLA VS. LONG BEACH STATE
UCLA has won four in a row against Long Beach State to take a 74-10 lead in the series. Three of the four wins have come at LBSU (2017-2019), including a 5-3, eight-inning victory in '19. The Bruins are 20-6 all-time at The Beach.
THE SERIES: UCLA VS. STANFORD
The Bruins lead the all-time series with Stanford 72-22. Since 2014, UCLA has won every series against the Cardinal, including a stretch of 13 games in a row. In 2019 at Stanford, after dropping the opener, UCLA claimed 7-4 and 4-0 wins to take the series. The Bruins are 32-13 at home versus the Cardinal.
--The UCLA softball program is five wins away from 2,000 all-time victories.
--The Bruins have scored in the first inning in 21 of 35 games, with their 52 runs scored and +41 run differential their highest total in any inning this season. UCLA has also closed games strong, outscoring the competition 49-5 in the sixth and seventh innings.
--The Bruins this season are undefeated when scoring first (26-0), when scoring at least five runs (26-0), when allowing two runs or less (28-0), when out-hitting their opponent (29-0) and when leading after four innings (26-0). UCLA is also 21-1 at home, 20-1 when scoring in the first inning and 28-1 when hitting a home run.
--Senior Rachel Garcia earned her first two saves of the season at Utah on Saturday and Sunday, striking out four in 4 1/3 innings. She opened the Washington series with six strikeouts in a complete-game, three-hit win to earn her second Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week award. Garcia's first award came after she pitched the second no-hitter of her career on April 16 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 15 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 22 of her 26 games. She hit a pair of homers in the Oregon series and two more in the Arizona State series, adding bombs versus Utah, Washington, UNLV and in her first at-bat of the season on Feb. 12 against Fresno State.
--Junior Briana Perez has hits in 30 of 35 games, and 40 of 45 dating back to last year, including hitting streaks of seven, eight, five and 12 this season. Perez hit .390 (16-for-41) during her most recent 12-game streak with four homers, 15 RBI and 15 runs before it came to an end on Sunday. She reached double figures in home runs on Saturday with her 10th at Utah, as she had two-hit contests in each of the first three games of the series. Perez hit a solo homer to end the Washington series on April 25, adding three-run shots versus the Huskies (April 23) and Oregon (April 11). 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 11 multiple-hit games and nine multi-RBI contests. Perez has scored a run in 27 of 35 games, including multiples 12 times.
--Sophomore Megan Faraimo tossed 17 shutout innings in last weekend's series at Utah, striking out 11 and allowing only four hits and a walk in three victories. She has four of the Bruins' past five wins after striking out six in a complete-game victory over Washington on April 25. Faraimo set a new career high with 17 strikeouts in a one-hit shutout of Oregon State on April 17. 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 15 of her 20 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 made it home runs in four-straight, Pac-12 series' after leaving the yard last Friday at Utah. She reached base eight times last weekend on three hits and five walks. Jordan also homered in the first game of the series against Washington (April 23) and Oregon State (April 16), as well as the second contest at Oregon (April 10). 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 ASU on March 20, posting hits in all four games of the series. Jordan has seven multiple-hit games and six 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 has a home run in each of her last three Pac-12 series' after leaving the yard in Sunday's victory at Utah. She hit homers in both ends of an April 24 doubleheader versus Washington and belted one in the final game against Oregon State on April 18. 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 22 of her 30 games, including an 11-game hitting streak from March 3-April 9 (14-for-25, .560, 5 HR, 18 RBI, 8 R, 7 BB, 3 SB).
--Junior Delanie Wisz set a career high with three hits on Saturday at Utah, including a pair of doubles, driving in two. She has seven multiple-hit games to go with six multi-RBI contests. Wisz has eight home runs on the season, hitting her most recent one on April 25 against Washington. She left the yard on April 10 at Oregon, posting 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 24 of 35 games. Wisz, who has played third and first base, has also caught in 14 games, having thrown out four runners from behind the plate.
--Junior Kinsley Washington is third on the team with eight multiple-hit games. She has hits in five of her last eight, including three of four last weekend at Utah. Washington also has stolen bases in three of six, having stolen 14 of 15 this season. The team leader in doubles with 10, Washington 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.
--Junior Holly Azevedo has been outstanding in her last seven appearances, posting a 6-0 record and 29 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings, allowing just four earned runs (0.76 ERA) and dropping her season ERA from 4.10 to 1.67. She tossed 5 2/3 shutout innings on May 1 at Utah, struck out six in a complete-game win over Washington on April 24, fanned five in six shutout frames against Oregon State on April 18 and tied a career high with eight strikeouts in a complete-game victory at Oregon on April 10. Azevedo holds a 41-1 career record.
--Sophomore Kelli Godin enters this week's play with hits in six games in a row, batting .600 (9-for-15) with four stolen bases. She tied a career high with three hits in game two of the April 24 doubleheader against Washington, also swiping two bases. Godin had two singles and two steals last Friday at Utah to give her four multiple-hit contests. She has hits in 24 of 35 games this season. Godin had 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.
--Freshman Alyssa Garcia had hits in all three games of the Oregon State series and the first two contests of the Washington series, going 7-for-11 (.636) with a homer and four RBI. She belted her third home run of the season on April 17, a pinch-hit, two-run shot. Garcia also had a two-run jack 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 only one error in 182 chances (.995 fielding percentage), having thrown out five runners from behind the plate.
--Freshman Thessa Malau'ulu recorded her third, two-hit game of the season at Utah on Saturday, as she added a single, a walk, a steal and two runs in Sunday's series finale. Malau'ulu had two singles on April 24 versus Washington. Her first multiple-hit game came on March 7 against San Jose State when she went 2-for-2 with a pair of run-scoring doubles and three runs scored. Malau'ulu has started UCLA's last seven games at third base.
--Sophomore Anna Vines has four multiple-hit games this season, adding another one with a pair of singles on April 16 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.
--Senior Jenavee Peres has a pair of pinch-hit, two-run singles this season. Her second came at Utah on Sunday, with her first coming on March 12 against UNLV. She also has two pinch-hit walks.
--Senior Julie Rodriguez produced her third pinch-hit single of the season on Sunday at Utah, driving in two. She also had pinch-hit, RBI singles on April 16 against Oregon State and San Diego State on 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.