No. 2 Bruins Stifle Stanford in Saturday Sweep
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Megan Faraimo tossed a one-hit shutout in game one of Saturday's doubleheader, while senior Rachel Garcia limited Stanford to three hits in the nightcap, as the second-ranked Bruins pounded 19 hits offensively and a trio of home runs in 9-0 (five innings) and 3-1 victories at Easton Stadium.
In game one, six different players accounted for the Bruins' nine hits, as junior Delanie Wisz, sophomore Kelli Godin and freshman Taylor Edwards each posted two-hit contests.
In the circle, Faraimo (16-3) struck out four in her five innings of work, only allowing a one-out double in the first. She retired the final 14 batters of the game, striking out two in the second.
The Bruins (36-3, 15-2 Pac-12) scored in four of their five at-bats. In the first inning, UCLA scored without the benefit of a hit thanks to walks to junior Aaliyah Jordan and Garcia, a hit by pitch of freshman Maya Brady and a free pass to sophomore Anna Vines.
In the second, Edwards led off with a double, moved to third on an infield single by Godin and scored on an error on the same play to make it 2-0.
UCLA tacked on three more in the third. With one out, Brady and Vines singled, and one out later, Edwards doubled off the top of the wall in right to bring in a pair to increase the lead to 4-0. Godin then singled to left to plate Edwards to make it 5-0.
The Bruins invoked the mercy rule with four in the fifth, rallying with two outs. Jordan drew a walk and came home on a homer to right-center off the bat of junior Briana Perez, her team-best 11th of the season, to make it 7-0. Following a walk to Garcia, Wisz launched her ninth homer of the season to center to close out a 9-0 victory.
In game two, which did not count towards the Pac-12 standings, the Bruins (37-3) compiled 10 hits from seven different players, as Garcia, Jordan and Perez all had two-hit contests.
Garcia improved to 11-0 in the circle, striking out five over seven innings. She struck out two in both the second and the seventh.
Stanford (29-17) scored a run in the second inning to take its first lead of the weekend, but Garcia shut down the Cardinal from then on. Following a leadoff double in the third, the senior retired the final 15 batters of the game.
UCLA (37-3) tied the score in the third. Freshman Alyssa Garcia led off with a single, and was pinch-run for by freshman Grace Guzman, who moved to second one-out later on a Jordan single, advanced to third on an error and scored on a Rachel Garcia single to even things at one.
The Bruins added two more in the fifth on one swing, again rallying with two outs. Perez doubled to left-center and scored on Rachel Garcia's ninth homer of the season to make it 3-1.
UCLA looks for the four-game sweep on Sunday at 2 p.m. The game will air on Pac-12 Network.