Perez, Faraimo Earn Pac-12 Weekly Honors
SAN FRANCISCO – Redshirt senior Briana Perez was named Pac-12 Player of the Week and redshirt junior Megan Faraimo was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week for the second week in a row, the conference office announced Monday afternoon.
This is Perez's first Pac-12 Player of the Week honor of her career. Faraimo has now been awarded Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week five times in her career.
Perez went 10-for-12 this weekend (.833 batting average) with 15 RBI, three homers, two triples and a double. Perez has now homered in three straight games, bringing her season-total to seven. She ranks fifth on the squad in that category.
She saw her batting average skyrocket from .316, ranking eighth on the team before last weekend, to .406.
Five of Perez's six extra-base hits came with runners on base, tripling versus Pennsylvania on Thursday to knock two in, doubling with the bases loaded versus CSU Bakersfield on Friday to knock all three in, a two-run homer versus Fresno State on Saturday and another two-run homer as well as a three-run triple versus CSU Bakersfield in the night cap to tie a career-high five RBI.
Perez also stole 5 bases, the most impressive coming on Friday versus CSU Bakersfield when she scored from second base on a bases-loaded walk to sneak in behind Kinsley Washington (occupied third base) to steal home.
Defensively, Perez made two plays on the run at shortstop vs. Penn in the top of the second to keep the perfect game intact.
Perez ranks top-10 in the Pac-12 in home runs (7th – 7), runs batted in (8th – 25) and runs (5th – 24).
Faraimo entered in relief for the 21st and third combined perfect game in UCLA history versus Pennsylvania on Thursday, striking out eight of the nine batters she faced.
She bested that performance the very next day by retiring all 15 CSU Bakersfield batters she faced on strikes to throw back-to-back perfectos and the third solo perfect game of her career, ranking second in UCLA history only behind Debbie Doom (6 perfect games). Faraimo needed just 59 pitches (52 strikes) to achieve perfection against the Roadrunners, throwing only seven balls -- the first of which coming to the third batter in the third inning -- and allowing seven foul balls.
Faraimo opened the game with 30 consecutive strikes and averaged just 3.96 pitches per batter on the way to recording UCLA's 22nd perfect game in program history. The Bruins have thrown their three perfect games this season (tying a record set in 1985 for most in a season) all within eight days of each other.
Faraimo finished the weekend striking out 26 of the 27 batters she faced. The other recorded out was a ground ball that fluttered to first base.
Faraimo now leads the conference with 132 strikeouts, a 12.66 strikeout per seven innings ratio and 73.0 innings pitched. She ranks second with nine wins.