UCLA Sweeps Oregon State With 4-3 Win
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The No. 4 UCLA softball team defeated Oregon State 4-3 at Kelly Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Bruins (36-5, 13-2 Pac-12) won each game of the series by one run in their fourth sweep of a conference foe this season.
Briana Perez blasted a leadoff home run on the ninth pitch of her at-bat to open the game for UCLA. The solo shot marked her 302nd career hit, moving her to third on UCLA's all-time hits list past her sister Kylee Perez.
Kinsley Washington followed Perez with a double into the left-center gap on the very next pitch. After being moved over to third on a passed ball, Washington was brought home by Maya Brady on a come backer to the pitcher to close a two-run first inning for the Bruins.
Lauren Shaw started in the circle for UCLA and found herself in trouble in the bottom half of the first with runners on the corners by way of a fielding error by Perez and a single by Oregon State first baseman Frankie Hammoude. Megan Faraimo was brought in for relief and induced a line out to the shortstop to end the frame.
Shaw re-entered in the second inning and rung up two Beavers on called strike threes with her changeup. Shaw K'd her third batter, but a dropped third strike by Wisz behind the dish kept the inning alive and brought home Oregon State's first run of the game.
Briana Perez led off the third inning with a single for her 12th multi-hit game of the season. She swiped second base to put herself in scoring position for UCLA's batting average leader Delanie Wisz.
Wisz skied a high fly ball into right-center field that bounced off the tip of Eliana Gottlieb's glove which scored Perez. Wisz has now reached base safely in 32 consecutive games.
Faraimo stayed in the circle for the remainder of the game and went on to throw four scoreless innings. She finished the day with 5.2 innings pitched, four hits, two earned runs and seven strikeouts for her 16th win of the season.
The Bruins tacked on a key insurance run in the fifth inning with a two-out double by Anna Vines which scored pinch runner Lauryn Carter.
Faraimo opened the bottom of the seventh with a leadoff walk and back-to-back singles, bringing the tying runner on board at first base.
Carter made a diving play in right field for the first out of the inning and Faraimo shut the door with back-to-back strikeouts.
The Bruins return to Easton Stadium next week for a midweek contest versus CSU Fullerton at 6 p.m. PT.