No. 5 UCLA Downs Jayhawks, 4-1
FULLERTON, Calif. – The No.5-ranked UCLA softball team won its eighth-straight game behind steady offense and a dominant outing from ace pitcher Megan Faraimo, as the Bruins picked up a 4-1 victory against Kansas.
Faraimo followed up her five-inning perfect game yesterday with a complete game on Friday afternoon, allowing just one run on three hits and picking up 10 strikeouts. It was Faraimo's sixth game with at least 10 Ks this season and the fourth such outing in her last five starts.
The Bruins (15-3) scored four runs on eight hits, including two hits apiece from Seneca Curo and Briana Perez.
UCLA got on the board early with a run in the first inning. Kinsley Washington was hit by a pitch and came around to score later in the inning on a sacrifice fly from Delanie Wisz. Washington would double the Bruins' lead in the bottom of the second with an RBI single to knock in Curo.
Faraimo continued to deal into the top of the fourth inning. Despite giving up her first hit of the ballgame in the frame, she retired the side and struck out six of the first 12 batters of the game to that point.
In the bottom half of the fourth, Savannah Pola made it 3-0 with an RBI double to right center, scoring Anna Vines. The Bruins threatened with two on and two out, but Kansas starter Kasey Hamilton induced a flyout from Maya Brady to end the inning.
Faraimo tossed a scoreless fifth before Perez led off the bottom half with a single through the right side. Perez stole second and came around to score on Curo's second hit of the afternoon, making it 4-0.
The teams exchanged scoreless halves in the sixth before Faraimo came out to secure the victory in the seventh. Ashlyn Anderson hit a solo shot to lead off the seventh, but Faraimo slammed the door with three-straight outs to retire side.
UCLA is back for its second game of the day with a matchup against Weber State. The Wildcats enter the contest 14-2 and have won their last 12 games. First pitch from Anderson Family Field in Fullerton is scheduled for 5 p.m. PT.