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Bruins Blast to 9-3 Victory Over Sun Devils

May 7, 2022
Delanie Wisz went 3-for-5 with each knock driving in a run (photo by Katelyn MacCrory).

TEMPE, Ariz. – Shortstop Briana Perez went 3-for-4 with four RBI, including a three-run home run, to help the No. 4 UCLA softball team to a 9-3 victory over No. 12 Arizona State in game two of the series at Alberta B. Farrington Stadium on Saturday night.
The Bruins (40-7, 16-4 Pac-12) compiled 16 total hits for their most in a Pac-12 contest this season. UCLA's 1-5 hitters went a combined 13-for-20 with seven RBI, including two home runs. Kinsley Washington, Briana Perez, Delanie Wisz and Alyssa Garcia all recorded three hits in the game.
Megan Faraimo picked up her 18th win of the season in her 5.0 scoreless innings of one-hit ball in relief. Faraimo faced the minimum 15 batters thanks to a double play by Anna Vines who made a sprinting, over-the-shoulder catch in shallow right field and doubled off a runner at first
UCLA opened the first inning with four consecutive base hits and scored its first run of the night just five pitches into the game. Washington hit the first of her three infield singles to leadoff the game and came around to score on a base hit by Perez into right field which pushed Washington to third who then advanced on a throwing error by Arizona State's Yannira Acuna.
The Bruins picked up their next two base hits on full counts with an RBI single by Wisz and double by Maya Brady. Wisz's single into center field scored Briana Perez to make her the new UCLA career runs scored record holder with 253 in her five seasons as a Bruin. Perez surpassed former Bruin great Natasha Watley (2000-03, 252 hits).
A sacrifice fly off the bat of Garcia stretched UCLA's lead to 3-0 and notched the first out five batters into the inning. Anna Vines' eighth double of the season scored Maya Brady to put an end to the scoring of a 4-0 first frame.
Arizona State cut the deficit in half with a two-run shot by Jazmine Hill off Holly Azevedo in the bottom half of the first.
The Bruins blew the game wide open with a four-run fourth inning featuring back-to-back blasts by the heart of the order. After a pair of infield singles from Kelli Godin and Washington, Briana Perez turned on one in a full count for a three-run bomb to right field. Delanie Wisz saw red on the very next pitch and hit a solo shot to left field. UCLA has now left the yard back-to-back three times this season.

Perez is up to 10 homers on the season and Wisz leads the Bruins with 11.
Faraimo retired the last eight batters of the game in order and finished the night with five strikeouts.

Perez's career night continued with a highlight reel defensive play to save leadoff single in the sixth inning.

UCLA scored once more before the game's end in the top of the seventh. Kelli Godin came around to score after her leadoff double thanks to another Wisz RBI base hit.
Both Perez and Wisz saw their batting averages shoot up ten percentage points after their three hit performances to .397 and .374, respectively.
UCLA goes for the series victory over Arizona State tomorrow at 12 p.m. PT. The game can be viewed on the Pac-12 Networks.