Azevedo No-Hits CSUN in 22-0 Offensive Explosion
LOS ANGELES – It was a dominant effort for No. 3/3 UCLA Softball on opening night, as the Bruins notched a 22-0 victory over CSUN on Thursay evening at Easton Stadium. UCLA's 22 runs were tied for the most ever scored by the Bruins in an opener.
The 22-0 win was the first 20+ margin of victory since a 20-0 triumph over UC Riverside on Feb. 5, 2003. It was also tied for the third-most runs in a single game in program history.
Starting pitcher Holly Azevedo secured the first individual no-hitter of her career, striking out eight CSUN batters in 5.0 innings. Azevedo previously combined with Rachel Garcia for a no-no against Weber State on May 17, 2019.
It was the ninth opening day no-hitter in UCLA and first since Ally Carda's no-hitter against Delaware on Feb. 6, 2014.
The Bruins compiled 19 hits against the Matadors. Delanie Wisz (4-for-4), Maya Brady (4-4), and Kinsley Washington (3-3) combined to hit 11-11 on the night with 10 total RBIs. Nine Bruins appeared in the hit column.
UCLA's offense unloaded in the first inning, putting up 13 runs on 11 hits, including home runs from Brady and Washington. Eight of the Bruins' nine hitters recorded RBIs in the first en route to the most runs scored in the first inning of a season-opener in program history.
Azevedo retired the side in order in the second before leaving two stranded in the third. The Bruins added four runs in the bottom half courtesy of singles from Wisz and Washington, extending the advantage to 17-0.
A pair of strikeouts from Azevedo helped subdue the Matadors in the top of the fourth, as CSUN left two runners stranded. Wisz added her fourth hit of the night to knock in two more in the bottom of the fourth, with the Bruins, ultimately, posting a five-spot and making it 22-0 headed into the fifth.
Azevedo retired the side in order in the top of the fifth to finish off the no-hitter and secure the run-rule victory.
The Bruins are back in action on Friday for a double-header against UC San Diego (3 p.m. PT) and Nevada (5:30 p.m. PT). Both games are available to watch via live stream.