No. 2 Bruins Open WCWS Thursday Against No. 10 Florida State
Thursday, June 3
Game 1 - James Madison vs. No. 1 Oklahoma - 11 a.m. CT/9 a.m. PT - ESPN
Game 2 - Georgia vs. No. 5 Oklahoma State - 1:30 p.m. CT/11:30 a.m. PT - ESPN
Game 3 - No. 11 Arizona vs. No. 3 Alabama - 6 p.m. CT/4 p.m. PT - ESPN
Game 4 - No. 10 Florida State vs. No. 2 UCLA - 8:30 p.m. CT/6:30 p.m. PT - ESPN
Friday, June 4
Game 5 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 - 6 p.m. CT/4 p.m. PT - ESPNU
Game 6 - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 - 8:30 p.m. CT/6:30 p.m. PT - ESPNU
Saturday, June 5
Game 7 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 - 11 a.m. CT/9 a.m. PT - ESPN
Game 8 - Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 - 1:30 p.m. CT/11:30 a.m. PT - ESPN
Game 9 - Loser Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7 - 6 p.m. CT/4 p.m. PT - ESPN
Game 10 - Loser Game 5 vs. Winner Game 8 - 8:30 p.m. CT/6:30 p.m. PT - ESPN
Sunday, June 6
Game 11 - Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 9 - 12 p.m. CT/10 a.m. PT - ESPN
Game 12 - Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 10 - 2:30 p.m. CT/12:30 p.m. PT - ESPN
*Game 13 - Winner Game 11 vs. Loser Game 11 - 6 p.m. CT/4 p.m. PT - ESPN2
*Game 14 - Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 12 - 8:30 p.m. CT/6:30 p.m. PT - ESPN2
Monday, June 7
Championship Finals Game 1 - 6:30 p.m. CT/4:30 p.m. PT - ESPN
Tuesday, June 8
Championship Finals Game 2 - 6:30 p.m. CT/4:30 p.m. PT - ESPN
Wednesday, June 9
*Championship Finals Game 3 - 6 p.m. CT/4 p.m. PT - ESPN
SECOND-SEEDED BRUINS TAKE ON NO. 10-SEED FLORIDA STATE IN OPENING ROUND OF WCWS
The second-seeded Bruins will play No. 10-seed Florida State in the opening round of the NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. First pitch on Thursday is slated for 8:30 p.m. CT/6:30 p.m. PT on ESPN. The winner of the UCLA-FSU contest will take on the winner of the matchup between No. 3 Alabama and No. 11 Arizona on Friday at 8:30 p.m. CT/6:30 p.m. PT.
BRUINS IN NCAA WOMEN'S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
The Bruins are making their record 30th appearance in the NCAA Women's College World Series and their sixth trip in a row. UCLA, which is making its tournament-record 36th overall appearance in the NCAA Championship, is 224-60 (.789 winning percentage) following last weekend's Super Regional victory over Virginia Tech. With their next victory, the Bruins (99-37, .728), will win their 100th WCWS contest. UCLA is also 103-16 (.865) in Regional play and 22-7 (.759) in Super Regional action. The Bruins have won 12 NCAA Championships ('82, '84, '85, '88, '89, '90, '92, '99, '03, '04, '10, '19) and 13 National Championships (AIAW title in 1978). The Bruins have advanced to the championship game or series in 19 of their 29 WCWS appearances. The entire UCLA NCAA postseason history is available on page six of this release.
BRUINS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS (THROUGH SUPER REGIONALS)
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (1st, 6.69)
Shutouts (T-1st, 22)
Earned Run Average (2nd, 1.24)
Winning Percentage (3rd, .902)
Slugging Percentage (9th, .561)
On Base Percentage (10th, .409)
Home Runs (14th, 74)
Batting Average (15th, .320)
Walks (T-16th, 185)
Runs Per Game (19th, 6.24)
Doubles (T-19th, 78)
Fielding Percentage (26th, .974)
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (1st, 14.15)
Walks Allowed Per Seven Innings (5th, 0.68)
Hits Allowed Per Seven Innings (7th, 3.46)
Earned Run Average (11th, 1.10)
Shutouts (T-13th, 8)
Wins (T-39th, 19)
Strikeouts (T-40th, 184)
Earned Run Average (3rd, 0.95)
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (4th, 7.71)
Hits Allowed Per Seven Innings (23rd, 4.14)
Walks Allowed Per Seven Innings (38th, 1.24)
Triples (T-16th, 5)
Runs Scored (T-31st, 51)
Total Bases (T-38th, 118)
Walks (T-25th, 33)
EIGHT BRUINS NAMED NFCA ALL-WEST REGION
For the first time in program history, all eight Bruins nominated for an NFCA All-Region award were recognized, as senior Rachel Garcia, juniors Aaliyah Jordan, Briana Perez, Kinsley Washington and Delanie Wisz, sophomore Megan Faraimo and freshman Maya Brady were honored on the First Team, while sophomore Kelli Godin earned Second Team accolades. The seven First Team selections are also a school record.
Garcia becomes the 13th Bruin to receive four All-Region awards and the fifth to earn First Team every season (Tracy Compton, Debbie Doom, Lisa Fernandez, Natasha Watley). Jordan picked up her third All-Region award after being named First Team as a freshman and Second Team as a sophomore. Perez also received her third after earning Second Team accolades her first two seasons. Faraimo went back-to-back First Team, while Godin went back-to-back Second Team. It was the first All-Region award for Washington, Wisz and Brady. All players are now eligible for All-American status, which will be announced during the WCWS.
GARCIA NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE YEAR, INOUYE-PEREZ PAC-12 COACH OF THE YEAR
For the third time in her career, senior Rachel Garcia was named Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year, as announced on May 16. Head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez was honored as the Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the second time (2009), while eight of her players were honored on the All-Conference Teams.
Garcia was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team, as were juniors Aaliyah Jordan and Briana Perez, sophomore Megan Faraimo and freshman Maya Brady. Junior Delanie Wisz earned Pac-12 All-Second Team accolades, while junior Kinsley Washington picked up Third Team honors. Brady and Alyssa Garcia were named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team and Perez and Washington earned Pac-12 All-Defensive Team plaudits.
Garcia joins UCLA's Lisa Longaker (1987-1988, 1990), Lisa Fernandez (1991-1993) and Stacey Nuveman (1999, 2001-2002) and Arizona State's Kaitlin Cochran (2007-2009) as one of five players to be named Pac-12 Player of the Year three times. Garcia is also the seventh Bruin to earn four all-conference First Team honors along with Fernandez, Longaker, Nuveman, Stephany LaRosa, Janice Parks and Natasha Watley.
Jordan and Perez will each have the chance to join that list next season after both picked up their third All-Pac-12 First Team honors. The five First Team honors were the most of any Pac-12 team. Faraimo earned her second All-Pac-12 First Team award, while Brady posted her first. Washington and Wisz were honored on an All-Pac-12 Team for the first time, Perez was named All-Pac-12 Defensive for the third time and Washington earned her first All-Defensive honor.
BRUINS VERSUS THE WCWS FIELD
The past series results of all seven potential Bruin opponents at the 2021 WCWS are available on page seven of this release. Additionally, box scores from UCLA's regular-season series at Arizona in May are on pages 47-50.
--The Bruins picked up the program's 11th Pac-12 Championship and their first solo title since 2009.
--With their win in the second game of the May 8 doubleheader versus Stanford, the Bruins reached 2,000 program victories.
--The Bruins have scored the most runs this year in the fifth inning (66), with the first ranking second (63). UCLA has scored in the first in 26 of 51 games. The Bruins have also closed games strong, outscoring the competition 124-18 in the fifth, sixth and seventh.
--The Bruins this season are undefeated when scoring first (36-0), when scoring at least five runs (36-0), when allowing two runs or less (41-0), when out-hitting their opponent (42-0), when leading after four innings (36-0) and when their opponent makes an error (36-0). UCLA is also 25-1 when scoring in the first, 39-1 when hitting a home run and 8-1 in games decided by one or two runs.
--UCLA has a pair of grand slams this season: Bubba Nickles (UC Santa Barbara, March 11) and Maya Brady (Arizona St., March 21).
--In her final game as a Bruin on the Easton Stadium diamond, senior Rachel Garcia struck out 13 in a complete-game two-hit shutout, sending UCLA to the WCWS after a game three win over Virginia Tech. Garcia, who also struck out seven in game one of Supers, posted her sixth double-figure strikeout game of the season and second of the postseason (13 vs. Fresno State). She has allowed zero or one earned run in 24 of her 26 appearances. Garcia's second Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week award of 2021 came after she pitched the second no-hitter of her career on April 16 against Oregon State, striking out 12. She had back-to-back, 14-strikeout performances against UNLV (March 12) and Arizona State (March 19), adding 10 Ks at Long Beach State (May 5). Garcia won twice in the ASU series to earn her first Pitcher of the Week honor, twice more in the Oregon series and tossed a complete-game, three-hitter against Washington to pick up her third Pitcher of the Week award. At the plate, Garcia has hits in 33 of her 42 games, including all three at Regionals, when she was 4-for-8 (.500), hitting a solo home run against Long Beach State The senior left the yard in each of the first two games of the series at Arizona. She hit a pair of homers in the Oregon series and two more in the Arizona State series, adding bombs versus Stanford, Utah, Washington, UNLV and in her first at-bat of the season on Feb. 12 against Fresno State.
--Junior Briana Perez has hits in 42 of 51 games, and 52 of 61 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 (April 10-May 1) with four homers, 15 RBI and 15 runs. The junior had a solo homer in game three of Super Regionals, adding a single in game two. Perez was 5-for-11 (.455) at Regionals with four RBI, three runs and a three-run homer against Long Beach State. The team leader in multiple-hit games with 16, Perez had two at Regionals, two in the Stanford series and three in the Utah series, hitting a homer in game two. The junior 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 (UC Santa Barbara, UNLV, Arizona State), adding long balls versus CS Fullerton (Feb. 20), Loyola Marymount (Feb. 21), San Jose State (March 7) and Stanford (May 8). Perez also leads the team with 12 multiple-RBI contests. She has scored a run in 36 of 51 games, including multiples 14 times.
--Freshman Maya Brady hit home runs in each of the last two games of Super Regionals against Virginia Tech, putting the Bruins on the board in game two with a solo homer, while hitting a three-run shot in game three. Brady, who had two hits in the Regional Championship against Minnesota, scored what proved to be the game-winning run in that contest. She has 17 hits in her last 45 at-bats (.378) over the last 16 games with four homers, 11 RBI and 12 runs. Named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week twice this season, Brady had a trio of two-hit games at Arizona, including the first two-homer contest of her career on May 13, adding her first two-double game in the May 15 series finale. Brady tied a season high with three hits at Long Beach State on May 5, a feat she first accomplished on March 21 against Arizona State when she set career highs with six RBI and three hits, which led to her earning Pac-12 Player and Freshman of the Week honors. Brady homered at Utah (May 2), in both ends of an April 24 doubleheader versus Washington and in the series finale versus Oregon State (April 18). She also homered in each of the last three games of the ASU series, and against San Jose State (March 7) and UC Santa Barbara (March 11). Brady has hits in 30 of her 43 games, including an 11-game hitting streak from March 3-April 9 (14-for-25, .560, 5 HR, 18 RBI).
--Junior Delanie Wisz posted her second two-homer game of the season and the seventh of her career in the Regional opener against Long Beach State on May 21. Six of her team-high 14 home runs have come in the last 13 games. She homered in three games in a row (May 9 vs. Stanford, May 13-14 at Arizona), going 6-for-10 with eight RBI. Wisz is tied for second with 11 multiple-hit games, producing three-hit contests against Utah (May 1) and Stanford (May 9). The junior is also second with 11 multi-RBI contests. In Pac-12 play, Wisz also had homers against Stanford, Washington, Oregon and Arizona State. Her bomb on April 10 at Oregon led to her fourth four-RBI game of the season. On Feb. 24 against San Diego State, she hit 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 33 of 51 games. Wisz, who has played third and first base, has also caught in 20 games, having thrown out four runners from behind the plate.
--Junior Aaliyah Jordan had a hit and an RBI in each of the last two games of Super Regionals, including a solo homer in game two versus Virginia Tech. Jordan, who had two hits and a pair of RBI on May 22 against Fresno State, hit home runs in each of the final six Pac-12 series'. Five of her last six homers have come in the opening game of a series (Arizona, Stanford, Utah, Washington and Oregon State), as she left the yard in the second game of the Oregon series. 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 11 multiple-hit games and eight multi-RBI contests, producing four of them in the same game. She tied a personal best with four RBI versus LMU on Feb. 21.
--Senior Bubba Nickles made her first official start since March 21 when she got the nod in center field in game three of Super Regionals. She drew a second-inning walk in her only at-bat of the game after appearing as a defensive replacement in the first two games against Virginia Tech. Nickles, who earned a ceremonial start on Senior Day on May 9, produced hits in 14 of 20 games before being sidelined with a wrist injury, recording nine multiple-hit games and five multi-RBI contests.
--With the Bruins' season on the line, sophomore Megan Faraimo came through in the clutch in game two of Super Regionals against Virginia Tech, striking out 11 in a one-hit shutout to force a game three. It was her second double-figure strikeout game of the postseason (11 vs. Long Beach State) and eighth of the season. Faraimo, who also fanned four in two innings of shutout relief in game one against Virginia Tech, has allowed zero or one earned run in 22 of her 28 appearances. She struck out 10 on May 14 at Arizona, extending her scoreless innings streak to 29 2/3 before it was snapped in the seventh inning. Faraimo set a new career high with 17 strikeouts in a one-hit shutout of Oregon State on April 17. 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). 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 Kinsley Washington has a knack for the clutch postseason hit, recording a two-out, two-run single in the fourth inning of the Regional Championship against Minnesota on May 23. The team leader in average this postseason at .353 (6-for-17), she had a pair of singles in game one of Supers and a single in game two versus Virginia Tech. The author of the 2019 WCWS walk-off, Washington has 10 multiple-hit games this season, recording hits in 12 of her last 20. Once she gets on base, Washington has stolen a team-best 16. The junior hit her third homer of the season, a three-run shot, in the regular-season finale at Arizona on May 15. Tied for the team lead with 11 doubles, 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 on March 20 against Arizona State. She had a stretch of five-straight, multiple-hit games from March 1-11.
--Sophomore Kelli Godin has hits in 13 of her last 22, batting .353 (18-for-51) with six stolen bases. She was 4-for-8 at Regionals, including two hits on May 22 against Fresno State for her sixth multiple-hit game of the season. The sophomore 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 on April 30 at Utah, adding another two-hit game on May 8 versus Stanford. She has hits in 31 of 51 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.
--Junior Holly Azevedo has been outstanding in her last 10 appearances, posting a 7-1 record and 42 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings, allowing just eight earned runs (1.17 earned run average) and dropping her season ERA from 4.10 to 1.83. 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 42-2 career record.
--Sophomore Anna Vines, who had a pinch-hit single against Fresno State in Regionals and a single in game three of Supers versus Virginia Tech, had a seven-game hitting streak from April 23-May 13, batting .647 (11-for-17) with three RBI. Vines went 3-for-3 in game one at Arizona on May 13, the second time she has done that this season. The first was at Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 20 when she hit her second-career home run. Vines hit her third-career homer on May 5 at Long Beach State, also producing a double and three runs. Vines added two-hit games against Stanford (May 7), Oregon State (April 16), Oregon (April 10) and UNLV (March 12) to give her seven multiple-hit contests.
--Freshman Alyssa Garcia had hits in two of the three games she played in against Stanford, including an RBI single in game one on May 7. Garcia singled on May 13 at Arizona and had a single in Game 3 of Supers against Virginia Tech. She also 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. Garcia 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 272 chances (.996 fielding percentage), having thrown out six runners from behind the plate.
--Freshman Thessa Malau'ulu, who had a single in her postseason debut against Long Beach State to go with a hit and two sacrifices versus Fresno State, recorded her fourth, two-hit game of the season on May 7 against Stanford, scoring a pair of runs. That effort came following a two-hit game at Utah on May 1, as she added a single, a walk, a steal and two runs in the finale on May 2. 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 at third base in 19 of UCLA's last 23 games.
--Senior Jenavee Peres has four hits in her last seven at-bats, driving in six runs. She had a pinch-hit, two-run single in game one of Super Regionals against Virginia Tech. The senior had a pinch-hit single on Senior and Mother's Day on May 9 against Stanford. Peres also has pinch-hit, two-run singles at Utah (May 2) and against UNLV (March 12).
--Senior Julie Rodriguez produced her fourth pinch-hit, a double, on May 8 against Stanford. She drove in two on a pinch-hit single on May 2 at Utah, adding pinch-hit, RBI singles on April 16 against Oregon State and San Diego State on Feb. 24.