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UCLA Mercy Rules California, 8-0

May 12, 2022
Maya Brady celebrates with her teammates after hitting her 11th homer of the year (photo by Ross Turteltaub).

LOS ANGELES – The No. 6 UCLA softball team rode five extra-base hits from five different Bruins in its 8-0 mercy-rule victory over California in six innings at Easton Stadium on Thursday night.
 
Delanie Wisz knocked in two Bruins, including the winning run, with her first triple of the season into the right field corner. Wisz ended the night 1-for-2 with two walks and two RBI.
 
Kinsley Washington matched a career-high with three runs in the game.
 
Holly Azevedo and Megan Faraimo combined for 11 strikeouts in the Bruins' (41-8, 17-5 Pac-12) blanking of the Golden Bears (28-25-1, 8-14 Pac-12). Azevedo picked up her season-high 17th win of the season.

Maya Brady put UCLA on the board in the first inning with an opposite-field, two-run home run for her 11th longball of the year.
 
Azevedo turned in three shutout innings to start the game, including a stretch of five consecutive strikeouts and three called strike 3s in the second. She re-entered in relief for Faraimo in the top of the sixth and struck out the side that featured California's 4-5-6 hitters. The duo allowed just two hits all game.
 
UCLA did not score again until the fifth inning. Kinsley Washington dropped a single into center field and stole second to advance into scoring position. Briana Perez brought her home with an RBI single out of the reach of California first baseman Makena Smith.
 
Already in scoring position, Perez caught the Golden Bear defense sleeping and stole third base on the throw back to the pitcher after Delanie Wisz's four-pitch walk. Brady brought Perez home with a productive ground out to second base.

 
Brady now has seven games with at least three RBI this season.
 
The Bruins tacked on two more two pitches later thanks to a moonshot home run into the Los Angeles night by Alyssa Garcia.

UCLA takes on California in game two at Easton Stadium tomorrow at 7 p.m. PT. The game is available for viewing on the Pac-12 Networks.
 
Career Notes
Briana Perez made her 252nd career start for the Bruins which ties Tairia Mims Flowers for second-most starts in UCLA history, trailing only Stacey Nuveman with 264 career starts. Perez has started every one of her games since arriving to Westwood.
 
Briana Perez stretched her UCLA career runs scored record mark to 256.
 
With her two hits tonight, Briana Perez improves her career total to 315 which is seven shy of tying Stacey Nuveman (322) for second-most on UCLA's career hits list.
 
Pac-12 Championship Clinching Scenarios
The Pac-12 Championship race will come down to the final weekend of the regular season between UCLA and Arizona State. With the Bruins' 8-0 victory over California and the Sun Devils' 3-1 loss at Washington on Thursday, UCLA improves to just one game back in the standings.
 
In order for the Bruins to clinch the title outright, UCLA must win its final two games to sweep California and Arizona State must lose its final two games at Washington.
 
One of two things must happen in order for UCLA to clinch at least a share of the Pac-12 title:
 
1. UCLA goes 3-0 versus California AND Arizona State goes 1-2 at Washington
 
OR
 
2. UCLA goes 2-1 versus California AND Arizona State goes 0-3 at Washington