No. 3 UCLA Splits Double-Header at Mark Campbell Invitational
IRVINE, Calif. – The No. 3/3 UCLA softball team split its double-header at the Mark Campbell Invitational on Saturday with a game one, 8-0 victory over RV/- Mississippi State in five innings and a 4-1 loss to No. 1/1 Oklahoma in the night cap.
Shortstop Briana Perez powered the Bruins (4-1) to victory over the Bulldogs (1-2) with a 3-for-3, three run performance. Perez launched her first home run of the season in the second inning, and in her next at-bat, doubled to right field to tally her second RBI of the day.
Three pitches later, Kelli Godin scored Perez with a single to left field.
UCLA opened the game with a four-run first inning highlighted by a two-RBI double by freshman Savannah Pola. Pola now has seven RBIs through her first five games as a Bruin.
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Megan Faraimo earned the start in the circle, pitching four shutout innings while striking out four batters.
Utility Anna Vines doubled to the right-center gap, bringing home Washington to walk off the mercy-rule victory.
After a scoreless first inning between the Bruins and Sooners, Oklahoma scratched the game's first run across the board in the second inning with a single by utility Taylon Snow set up by a double from Jana Johns.
UCLA responded in the top half of the third with some baserunning trickery. Perez – who reached base via single to left field – initiated a double-steal with Vines on third base to evoke a throw from catcher Kinzie Hansen. Hansen's throw buried into the dirt and bounced away from the second baseman, enabling Vines to dash home without a play at the plate.
The Sooners tacked on two more runs behind three hits in their next ups.
The Bruins had just three hits over the next three innings as Sooner pitcher Jordy Bahl put the finishing touches on her complete game, 14-strikeout effort.
Faraimo entered in relief for Lauren Shaw in the middle of the third inning and proceeded to allow just three hits for the rest of the contest while striking out five Sooners. Across the two games, Faraimo tossed 7.1 innings, allowed one unearned run and struck out nine.
Oklahoma scored once more in the bottom of the sixth thanks to three defensive miscues by UCLA.
UCLA will compete at the St.Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational in Clearwater, Fla., from Friday, Feb. 18, through Sunday, Feb. 20. The Bruins' first opponent of the tournament is Northwestern. Game time is scheduled for 10 a.m. PT and the contest will be available for streaming on ESPN+.