Shaw and Faraimo Perfect, UCLA Trounces Penn
LOS ANGELES – Lauren Shaw and Megan Faraimo joined forces in the circle to throw the third combined perfect game in program history when they retired 15 consecutive batters in the No. 5 UCLA softball team's 13-0 mercy-rule victory over Pennsylvania at Easton Stadium on Thursday night.
Shaw (2.0 IP) and Faraimo's (3.0 IP) performance marks the 21st perfect game in program history, the first time since 1991 that UCLA (18-3) had multiple perfect games in one season as well as the Bruins' third no-hitter of the 2022 season alone.
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With Faraimo's perfect game last Thursday on March 3 versus Fresno State, UCLA has tossed two perfectos within seven days of each other. The next smallest margin of time between two UCLA perfect games was 14 days in 1982. Debbie Doom threw the first of her six career perfect games against Wyoming on May 15 and, 14 days later on May 29, Doom combined with Tracy Compton to throw a perfect game against Western Michigan.
Faraimo, who joined Doom, Keira Goerl and Lisa Fernandez as the only Bruins to ever hurl multiple perfect games last week, now ranks second in program history with three perfectos. Fernandez and Goerl both threw two each.
The perfection-saving play, which usually comes towards the crescendo of the dramatics in the final inning, came on the very first pitch of the game. Anna Vines leaped toward her right to rob Emma Nedley of a leadoff base hit.
The next inning, Briana Perez made back-to-back plays at shortstop on the run to close the second frame.
Faraimo did nearly all the work herself when she entered in relief in the third inning, striking out eight of the nine batters she faced.
Shaw and Faraimo needed just 59 pitches to achieve perfection.
The Bruins were just as impressive with the bats. UCLA bat around the lineup to put up a six spot in the first inning. Freshman Savannah Pola drove in the game's first run with an RBI single to center field. After a walk to Maya Brady, Briana Perez knocked in two more with a stand-up triple that boomed off the top of the center field wall. Next up, Faraimo plated Perez with a double off the base of the right-center wall. Alyssa Garcia and Kinsley Washington both recorded RBI singles before the inning's end.
Pola opened the scoring in the second inning in her next at-bat by notching her team-leading 10th double of the season to push Anna Vines across the plate. Pola finished the night 3-for-3 to balloon her batting average to .400.
In the Bruins' last three games, Pola is boasting an .800 batting average (8-for-10) and 1.500 slugging percentage. Pola is now tied for first in the Pac-12 in two-baggers as well as tied for fourth with 25 RBI.
Seneca Curo recorded the first multi-RBI game of her season with one swing of the bat with the bases loaded, doubling in three runs to bring the score to 11-0.
Brady homered to right field in the bottom of the third for the last of the Bruins' seven extra-base hits. Brady has now left the yard in six of UCLA's last 10 games.
UCLA is back in action tomorrow night on day two of the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament with a double-header beginning with CSU Bakersfield at 4:30 p.m. PT. The Bruins close with a night cap versus Fresno State at 7 p.m.