UCLA Battles San Diego in Midweek Matchup
LOS ANGELES -- The No. 4 UCLA softball team plays a midweek game versus San Diego at Easton Stadium on Tuesday, April 19 at 5 p.m. PT. The Bruins (32-5, 10-2 Pac-12) are undefeated in the all-time series with the Toreros (19-25, 4-1 WCC), 11-0.
Venue: Easton Stadium
First Pitch: 5 p.m. PT
Listen: UCLA Lean Player
Talent: Ghizal Hasan
LAST TIME OUT
The Bruins dropped their first Pac-12 game and series of the season at Stanford two weeks ago. UCLA saw its 25-game winning streak snapped in game two of the series. The mark matched the Shelly Carlin UCLA Head Softball Coach Kelly Inouye-Perez's longest win streak of her career (25 straight victories to open the 2018 season). Prior to the game two loss, the Bruins opened their Pac-12 schedule with a 10-0 record for their best start to conference play in program history.
Delanie Wisz delivered in the top of the eighth inning with her ninth homer of the year. Wisz was the only Bruin to record a hit in each game of the series. An insurance knock from Anna Vines two batters later drove in Maya Brady to help lift UCLA to the 3-1 victory. Stanford's Regan Krause and Alana Vawter proceeded to shut out and hold the Bruins to just six hits over games two and three as UCLA lost 1-0 in both contests.
LAST TIME THE BRUINS & TOREROS MET
Before having their two games canceled last season, the Bruins beat the Toreros twice during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic-shortened season. Then-sophomore Megan Faraimo threw a complete game with seven strikeouts over five innings in the first meeting which resulted in a 9-1 UCLA mercy-rule victory. Four Bruins had multiple hits in the contest, led by junior Kinsley Washington in a 3-for-4, three-RBI effort.
Three Bruins starred in the circle in a 4-0 shutout victory in the second meeting of 2020: Lexi Sosa (2.0), Julie Rodriguez (1.1) and Holly Azevedo (3.2). Briana Perez and Aaliyah Jordan each had RBI doubles in the third and fifth innings of the contest.
WISZARD OF WESTWOOD
Delanie Wisz has reached base in 28 consecutive games which is the fourth longest active streak in the NCAA (Delaney Cumbie – UNC Greensboro, 37; Mac Barbara – San Diego State, 35; Kiki Milloy – Tennessee, 34).
Wisz enters this week leading UCLA with a .404 batting average, .512 on-base percentage and tied for the team lead with 34 RBI and nine home runs. In conference play (12 games), she is the only Bruin hitting above .400 at a .552 clip in addition to an astronomical .931 slugging percentage.
BRIANA PEREZ IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Briana Perez's leadoff triple on an 0-0 count in the fifth inning of game one versus Oregon marked her sixth three-bagger of the year, surpassing her former season high of five in 2021 which led UCLA a year ago. The last time a Bruin had more than six triples in a season was Andrea Duran with seven in 2006. Duran holds the program single-season record for triples with eight set in 2005. Perez is now in sole possession of third place on UCLA's career triples list with 18. She needs three more triples to tie Janice Parks and Natasha Watley for first place with 21.
Her three runs in the Oregon series put her at 246 runs scored in her career. She needs six runs to tie and seven to surpass Natasha Watley (252) for the runs scored crown. Perez is averaging just under one run scored per game this season (0.94).
Perez is fast approaching 300 hits in her career (297). She would become just the fourth Bruin in program history to join the 300-hit club. She is also four hits shy of tying her sister Kylee Perez's (2015-18) career mark of 301 hits.
GOLDEN GLOVE BRUINS
UCLA boasts the best fielding percentage in the Pac-12 (.976) and has committed the fewest errors out of any team in the conference (22). In addition to the superstar plays made by middle infielders Briana Perez and Anna Vines, Kinsley Washington boasts a flawless 1.000 fielding percentage. UCLA has the fewest opponent stolen base attempts (15) and stolen bases (12) in the conference.
Savannah Pola is tied for the Pac-12 lead in doubles with 13 this season. The Santa Ana, Calif., native leads the Bruins with nine multi-RBI performances this season, including a team-high six RBI game versus Texas A&M on March 5.
Led by the arms of Megan Faraimo, Holly Azevedo and Lauren Shaw, UCLA's pitching staff owns the Pac-12's leading marks in earned run average (1.12), opposing batting average (.162) and wins (32). The Bruins rank second in the conference in strikeouts, 16 shy of Oregon State in first place despite throwing 48 fewer innings.
Faraimo leads the Pac-12 in strikeouts by a wide margin with 193 K's. Next closest is Oregon State's Mariah Mazon with 142. UCLA's aces Faraimo and Azevedo rank first and second, respectively, in opponent batting average with .160 and .161 clips.