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Faraimo Named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, Perez Defensive Player of the Year

May 11, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO – Megan Faraimo became the fourth player in UCLA history to be awarded Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year while Briana Perez became the first Bruin ever to be named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday afternoon. A total of seven Bruins were recognized on the All-Pac-12 teams.
 
With the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year award first bring handed out in 1999, Faraimo joins legendary Bruin hurlers Keira Goerl (2003), Courtney Dale (1999) and Rachel Garcia (2019) to earn the honor. Faraimo is just the second player in the history of the conference to win both Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and Pitcher of the Year in a career. Rachel Garcia is the only other athlete, winning both honors in 2017 and 2019, respectively.
 
Faraimo has compiled an 18-4 record, 1.78 earned run average and a Pac-12-best 244 strikeouts in 157.1 innings over 35 appearances for the Bruins. Faraimo has twirled two solo perfect games against Fresno State on March 3 and CSU Bakersfield on March 11 and helped with a combined perfect game versus Pennsylvania on March 10. Faraimo has thrown two additional shutouts this season. Faraimo also established a new career-high 18 strikeouts in a complete-game, 8.0 inning victory against Tennessee on Feb. 26.

Perez and Faraimo were both named to the Pac-12 First Team.
 
Perez, who was also selected to the All-Pac-12 Defensive Team, joins Washington's Sis Bates as the only players in conference history to be named to four defensive teams in their careers.

 
Pac-12 First Team
Joining Faraimo and Perez on the Pac-12 First Team are pitcher Holly Azevedo and infielder Delanie Wisz. UCLA is tied with Arizona State for the most representatives on the first team. This marks the sixth time UCLA has featured a pitching duo on the Pac-12 First Team, and it is the first time one of those two Bruins hasn't been Rachel Garcia since Amanda Freed and Keira Goerl were both listed on the first team in 2002.
 
Holly Azevedo
Azevedo closes out her career with her first-ever Pac-12 First Team selection in 2022. This year, Azevedo established a new season-high with 16 victories and 114 strikeouts in addition to her throwing for a career-best 1.27 earned run average. Azevedo has thrown two no-hitters this season versus CSUN on Feb. 10 and then-No. 9 Arizona on March 20 for UCLA's first no-hitter over a top-10 team since April 11, 2009, when Megan Langenfeld no-hit No. 3 Washington.
 
Briana Perez
Perez is the seventh player in program history to be named to the Pac-12 First Team all four years at UCLA. She joins Rachel Garcia (2016-19, 2021), Stephany LaRosa (2012-15), Natasha Watley (2000-03), Stacey Nuveman (1997, 1998, 2001-02), Lisa Fernandez (1990-93) and Lisa Longaker (1987-90).
 
Perez became the fourth member of UCLA's 300 Hits Club earlier this season. Also in the club is her sister, Kylee Perez (301), and Bruin greats Stacey Nuveman (322) and Natasha Watley (395). Perez is on a fast track to surpass Nuveman in career hits with 313 thus far in her career. Perez surpassed Watley for UCLA's career runs scored record (253) in game two at Arizona State on May 7.
 
This season, Perez leads the Bruins with a .400 batting average, a .772 slugging percentage, 40 runs and 15 stolen bases and is tied for second with 10 home runs.
 
Delanie Wisz
Wisz, who is now a two-time All-Pac-12 honoree (Pac-12 Second Team in 2021), leads UCLA with 12 home runs this season and ranks first in the Pac-12 with a .429 batting average during conference play. Wisz has started a team-high 26 games behind the plate and has thrown out five runners attempting to steal.
 
Wisz has come through for UCLA with late-game heroics on several occasions. Her solo homer in the eighth inning versus Stanford on April 8 propelled the Bruins to a 3-1 extra-inning victory. Wisz's home run in the seventh inning of game three at Washington proved to be the winning run in UCLA's 5-4 triumph. Most recently, her solo homer and 2-RBI double in game one at Oregon State on April 22 rallied the Bruins to their come-from-behind 5-4 victory.
 
Wisz rode a 31-game reached base streak during the regular season which was the fourth-longest active streak in the nation at one point.
 
Pac-12 Third Team
Maya Brady, Savannah Pola and Kinsley Washington were each named to the Pac-12 Third Team. This is Brady and Washington's second All-Pac-12 honor of their careers.
 
Washington opened the 2022 season on a tear, establishing a new season-high of five home runs just 10 games into the year. Washington led UCLA in its preseason with a .432 batting average, .511 on-base percentage and 30 runs and was second with 15 extra-base hits (seven doubles, three triples and five homers).
 
On the year, Washington ranks third on the team with a season-high .359 batting average and 11 doubles.
 
Brady is tied with Perez for the team lead in homers with 10 in 2022.
 
All-Pac-12 Freshman Team
Pola was also named to the All-Pac-12 Freshman Team after leading UCLA and all freshmen in the conference with 13 doubles this season. Pola ranks fourth on the squad with a .336 batting average and 36 RBI.
 
Pola owns the Bruins' best single-game RBI performance of the season with six ribbies off two doubles and a homer versus Texas A&M on March 5. Pola also drove in the walk-off run with a sacrifice fly to center field against Tennessee on Feb. 26.

 
Player of the Year: Baylee Klingler, Washington
Pitcher of the Year: Megan Faraimo, UCLA
Defensive Player of the Year: Briana Perez, UCLA
Freshman of the Year: Cydney Sanders, Arizona State
Coach of the Year: Trisha Ford, Arizona State University
 
First Team
Yannira Acuna, Arizona State
Tatum Anzaldo, California
Holly Azevedo, UCLA
Ellessa Bonstrom, Utah
Megan Faraimo, UCLA
Frankie Hammoude, Oregon State
Madison Huskey, Washington
Julia Jimenez, Utah
Baylee Klingler, Washington
Lindsay Lopez, Arizona State
Mariah Mazon, Oregon State
Terra McGowan, Oregon
Sharlize Palacios, Arizona
Briana Perez, UCLA
Gabbie Plain, Washington
Cydney Sanders, Arizona State
Makena Smith, California
Alynah Torres, Arizona State
Alana Vawter, Stanford
Delanie Wisz, UCLA
 
Second Team
Allee Bunker, Oregon
Haley Denning, Utah
Kiki Escobar, Oregon State
Taylor Gindlesperger, Stanford
Sarah Haendiges, Oregon State
Sona Halajian, California
Jazmine Hill, Arizona State
Sami Reynolds, Washington
Marissa Schuld, Arizona State
Allie Skaggs, Arizona
 
Third Team
Maya Brady, UCLA
Hanna Delgado, Oregon
Stevie Hansen, Oregon 
Sydnee Huff, Stanford
Mariah Lopez, Utah
Mac Morgan, Arizona State
Jasmine Perezchica, Arizona
Savannah Pola, UCLA
Jazmyn Rollin, Arizona State
Kinsley Washington, UCLA
 
All-Defensive Team
Allee Bunker, Oregon
Katie Faulk, Utah
Sydnee Huff, Stanford
Baylee Klingler, Washington
Terra McGowan, Oregon
Sharlize Palacios, Arizona
Briana Perez, UCLA
Paige Sinicki, Oregon
Emily Young, Stanford
 
All-Freshman Team
Acacia Anders, California
Allison Benning, Oregon
Paige Dimler, Arizona
Kiki Escobar, Oregon State
Kinsey Fiedler, Washington
Eliana Gottlieb, Oregon State
Sarah Haendiges, Oregon State
Stevie Hansen, Oregon
Rylee Holtorf, Washington
Olivia Johnson, Washington
Mac Morgan, Arizona State
Savannah Pola, UCLA
Cydney Sanders, Arizona State
Paige Sinicki, Oregon