UCLA Shuts Out Washington, 4-0, to Win 20th Straight Game
SEATTLE – Holly Azevedo threw 5.1 shutout innings on the way to picking up her 12th win of the season as the No. 3 UCLA softball team defeated No. 9 Washington, 4-0, at Husky Softball Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Bruins (27-3, 5-0 Pac-12) are now riding a 20-game winning streak, their longest since the 2018 season when UCLA opened the year with 25 consecutive victories.
Azevedo and Washington's (20-9, 0-5 Pac-12) Kelley Lynch traded scoreless frames until the bottom of the fourth when utility Maya Brady singled home Savannah Pola from second base with the 100th hit of her career to put UCLA up 1-0.
Azevedo exited the game allowing four hits, one walk and striking out one Husky batter before Megan Faraimo entered in relief and struck out five of the seven batters she faced to earn her second save of the season.
The Bruins tacked on three crucial insurance runs in the top of the seventh, beginning with freshman Jayla Castro's sacrifice fly to deep center field to score Anna Vines. UCLA strung together three consecutive hits after Castro, including two RBI singles by Briana Perez and Delanie Wisz.
Wisz has now reached base safely in 21 consecutive games.
The Shelly Carlin UCLA Head Softball Coach Kelly Inouye-Perez is one win away from reaching career victory No. 700 of her head coaching career. The Bruins attempt to reach that milestone and go for back-to-back Pac-12 series sweeps tomorrow night versus the Huskies at 4 p.m. PT.
The game will be televised on ESPNU.