Azevedo Named Pac-12 Player and Pitcher of the Week
SAN FRANCISCO – Redshirt senior Holly Azevedo hauled in both the first Pac-12 Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week awards for the first time in her career, the conference office announced on Monday afternoon.
Azevedo recorded her second no-hitter of the season in the No. 3 UCLA softball team's 3-0 win over No. 9 Arizona on Sunday, March 20.
This is the second consecutive week the Bruins earned Pac-12 Player of the Week (Briana Perez) and Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week (Megan Faraimo). UCLA has received six total weekly conference awards this season.
The Bruins' (25-3) no-hitters this season are their most in a single campaign since 1994 when DeeDee Weiman and B'Ann Burns combined for 10.
Azevedo notched a career-high 13 strikeouts against the Wildcats – the Pac-12-leader in batting average coming into the series -- for the fourth double-digit strikeout performance of her career all of which coming this season.
Her performance marked UCLA's first no-no versus a top-10 opponent (NFCA poll) since April 11, 2009, when Megan Langenfeld no-hit No. 3 Washington. Azevedo was also the owner of UCLA's third no-hitter in UCLA-Arizona series history and the first for the Bruins since Lisa Longaker's no-no on April 4, 1988.
Azevedo notched a four-strikeout inning in the fourth as well three called strike-three's in the seventh to seal the no-hitter. Her 13 strikeouts helped surpass her former season-high strikeout total of 88 over 115.2 innings in 2018 (now at 92 strikeouts in 2022 in less than half of the innings load at 57.1).
Azevedo's performance earned her 11th win of the season. Her strikeout per seven innings ratio (11.23) ranks second in the conference behind just Megan Faraimo. She now ranks third in the Pac-12 with a 0.98 earned run average.