Azevedo No-Hits Arizona in 3-0 Win
LOS ANGELES – Holly Azevedo tossed her second no-hitter of the season in the No. 3 UCLA softball team's 3-0 blanking of No. 9 Arizona at Easton Stadium Sunday afternoon. Azevedo notched a career-high 13 strikeouts for her fourth double-digit strikeout performance of the year.
The Bruins (24-3, 2-0 Pac-12) have now thrown five no-hitters this season for their highest total in a single campaign since 1994 when DeeDee Weiman and B'Ann Burns combined for 10 no-no's.
Azevedo's performance marked UCLA's first no-hitter over a top-10 team in the NFCA Poll since April 11, 2009 when Megan Langenfeld no-hit No. 3 Washington.
Azevedo was lights out after recording a hit by pitch to the second batter of the game, retiring the 17 of the next 18 batters she faced. She recorded a four-strikeout inning in the fourth and sent three Wildcat (19-6, 0-2 Pac-12) batters down looking on strikes in the seventh to pick up her Pac-12-best 11th win of the season.
Azevedo's 13 K's today helped surpass her former season-high strikeout total of 88 over 115.2 innings in 2018. She now sits at 92 strikeouts this season in less than half of her 2018 innings load (57.1). She ranks second in the conference behind Megan Faraimo with a 11.23 strikeout per seven innings ratio.
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Azevedo's no-hitter was the third UCLA no-no in UCLA-Arizona series history and the Bruins' first since Lisa Longaker no-hit the Wildcats on April 4, 1988.
Azevedo's first no-hitter of the season – and her career – came against CSUN on Feb. 10, on opening night. Azevedo's performance today and Faraimo's shutout on Saturday mark the first time since May 6 and 7, 2017 that UCLA shutout Arizona in back-to-back contests.
Briana Perez put UCLA on the board in the first inning with her fifth double of the season and some heads-up base running, scoring from second base on an infield dribbler by Delanie Wisz.
A sacrifice fly by redshirt sophomore Seneca Curo in the fourth inning plated another Bruins' run in Lauren Hatch. Curo now has three RBI so far in the series.
Perez did it again with her wheels in the bottom of the sixth with her Pac-12-leading fifth triple of the season. Two pitches later, Perez scored on a wild pitch. She now ranks second all-time in UCLA history with 240 runs scored and is 12 runs away from tying Natasha Watley for most all-time at 252.
The Bruins go for their first season sweep of the Wildcats since 2018 on Monday at 12 p.m. PT at Easton Stadium. The contest is available for viewing on the Pac-12 Networks.