No. 5 Seed UCLA to Host Duke in Super Regionals
LOS ANGELES – No. 5 seed UCLA will host its eighth consecutive Super Regional at Easton Stadium when No. 12 seed Duke comes to town. Game one Friday at 8 p.m. and game two Saturday at 5:30 p.m. will be aired on ESPN2. If necessary, the game time and broadcast for game three will be determined at a later date.
Los Angeles Super Regional Schedule
Friday, May 27
Game 1 – UCLA vs. Duke – 8 p.m. – ESPN2
Saturday, May 28
Game 2 – Duke vs. UCLA – 5:30 p.m. – ESPN2
Sunday, May 29 (if necessary)
Game 3 – UCLA vs. Duke – TBD – ESPN Family of Networks
Regular Season Recap
UCLA went 43-8 in the 2022 regular season with a 19-5 mark in conference play. The Bruins opened their Pac-12 schedule with a program-record 10-0 start. Following a 7-5 stretch against conference foes from April 8-May 8, the Bruins finished the regular season on a high note with a sweep of California. This is UCLA's 16th time in the past 22 seasons reaching the 40-win mark prior to postseason. The Bruins were the only team in the Pac-12 with 40 wins in the regular season.
Opening the Postseason with a Bang
UCLA's +25 run differential last weekend was its most in a Regional since 2001. In NCAA Tournament play, the Bruins are tied for first in scoring with 9.33 runs per game, third with a .403 batting average and fifth with a .611 slugging percentage.
• UCLA rode a 3-for-3, career-high six RBI performance from Delanie Wisz to a 12-1 domination over Grand Canyon in the Regional opener. Wisz blew the door open in the second inning with the second grand slam of her career.
• A five-run sixth inning pushed the Bruins past Loyola Marymount and into the Regional Final. Kinsley Washington walked with the bases loaded and Briana Perez singled in a pair. After a bases-loaded wild pitch allowed Washington to scramble home, Perez tagged up on a foul out to stretch the lead to 6-1.
• Holly Azevedo held Ole Miss hitless through 4.2 innings while the Bruins posted crooked numbers in the first (5) and third (4). Maya Brady, Alyssa Garcia, Savannah Pola, Anna Vines and Wisz all tallied two hits apiece. It was Vines who had the standout performance, leaving the yard for the first time this season with a three-run shot to dead center in the third inning. Vines, who had a two-RBI knock to right field in the first, finished with a career-high five RBI. Her previous career high was two.
UCLA is making its eighth consecutive Super Regional appearance. The Bruins have advanced to the Women's College World Series six years in a row. UCLA has made an NCAA-record 30 WCWS appearances.
23 Straight Postseason Appearances
The UCLA softball program is making its 23rd consecutive appearance at the NCAA Softball Championships. Its last time missing out on the postseason was in the 1998 season when the Bruins posted an 18-27 record. UCLA would turn around the next year and win it all for its eighth NCAA Championships in 1999.
UCLA in Super Regional Play
In the 17th year of the Super Regional format, the Bruins are making their 13th appearance and eighth in a row. UCLA has a 22-7 record (.759 winning percentage) in Super Regional play, advancing to the WCWS in '05 (2-1 over Georgia), '06 (2-0 over USF), '08 (2-0 over Georgia), '10 (2-0 over Louisiana), '15 (2-0 over Missouri), '16 (2-1 over Oregon), '17 (2-0 over Ole Miss), '18 (2-0 over Arizona), '19 (2-0 over James Madison) and '21 (2-1 over Virginia Tech). UCLA is making a tournament-record 37th appearance in the NCAA Softball Championships and holds a record of 225-62 (.784). During the Regional round, the Bruins are 106-16 (.869) and have now gone undefeated 25 times. Since Regional play moved to a four-team format in 2005, the Bruins are 48-11 (.814), advancing to Super Regionals in '05-'06, '08-'10 and '14-'19 and '21-'22 (12 out of 17 years).
Out of the 16 remaining teams remaining in the NCAA Softball Championships, the Pac-12 is the most represented conference with five out of its seven bids still alive with a shot at the national title. The Pac-12 bounced four SEC schools from the tournament in the Regional Final (UCLA def. Ole Miss, Oregon State def. Tennessee, Stanford def. Alabama and Arizona def. Missouri). All nine Pac-12 teams finished .500+ in the regular season making every school eligible for an at-large bid to the postseason. The last year every Pac-12 school was eligible for postseason play was in 2012 in Utah's inaugural year in the conference.
UCLA's Record Against the Field of 64
UCLA is 27-7 against 21 of the 64 teams in the 2022 NCAA Softball Championships. The Bruins lost games against the No. 1 and No. 2 national seeds in Oklahoma and Florida State.
Blue Bloods vs. the New Bloods
This weekend will mark the first ever meeting between UCLA and Duke. 2022 is just the fifth year in the history of the Blue Devil program.
Six Bruins Named NFCA West All-Region
UCLA placed six student-athletes on the Division I All-West Region Teams, including three to the First Team. This marks the third consecutive year dating back to 2018 that UCLA has had at least six members named All-Region. Redshirt seniors Briana Perez and Delanie Wisz and redshirt junior Megan Faraimo were named All-West Region First Team. Savannah Pola and Maya Brady were selected to the Second Team and Kinsley Washington was Third Team. All players are now eligible for All-American status, which will be announced during the WCWS.
Bruins Dominate the All-Pac-12 Team
UCLA tied with Arizona State for the most representatives on the All-Pac-12 First Team with four. Among the Bruins receiving the honor were Megan Faraimo, Briana Perez, Delanie Wisz and Holly Azevedo. This is both Wisz and Azevedo's first time receiving the honor in their careers. This marks the sixth time UCLA has featured a pitching duo on the Pac-12 First Team. Maya Brady, Kinsley Washington and Savannah Pola were named Pac-12 Third Teamers.
Quite the Week for Wisz
A week after her first career selection to the Pac-12 First Team, Delanie Wisz was named NFCA All-West Region First Team and drafted by the USSSA Pride the day of the Bruins' NCAA Regional opener versus Grand Canyon. The newly-minted draftee proceeded to hit the second grand slam of her career and rack up a career-high six RBI.
Azevedo Stars in Regionals
Holly Azevedo picked up two wins in the circle against Grand Canyon and Ole Miss to move to 19-2 on the season. Azevedo notched her fifth complete game of the year vs. the Lopes and threw 4.2 hitless innings against the Rebels.
In UCLA's Last 10
UCLA's 2-6 hitters – Perez, Wisz, Brady, Pola and Garcia – are hitting for a combined .455 batting average (all are .400+) and .784 slugging percentage.
Maya Brady is riding a nine-game winning streak heading into Super Regionals. Over the Bruins' last 10 games, Brady ranks third on the team with a .433 batting average and second with an .833 slugging percentage with six doubles and two home runs. Two of Brady's four hits this postseason have been doubles, including one against Ole Miss that was two feet away from leaving the yard.
Going Out in Style
In her final campaign in Westwood, Briana Perez leads the Bruins with a career-best 32 extra-base hits and is second with a career-best .394 batting average (not incl. 2020 pandemic-shortened season). Perez has recorded double-digit home runs in a season twice in her career, coming back-to-back in 2021 and 2022 for the Bruins. Perez's team-best 16 stolen bases are her highest season total since UCLA's 2019 national championship sojourn.
The Wisz Kid
Wisz has bat in the third or fourth spot in 53 of the Bruins' 54 games in 2022 and come through with clutch hit after clutch hit. Wisz boasts team-bests in batting average (.406), home runs (14), RBI (54), walks (27) and OBP (.506).
Perez Takes The Runs Scored Crown
Briana Perez surpassed Natasha Watley for UCLA's career runs scored record when she crossed home plate in game two of the Arizona State series on May 7 for the 253rd run of her career. Perez achieved the record in the 250th game of her career. Watley scored her 252 runs in 251 career games. Now up to 260 runs, Perez averages 1.01 runs scored a game in her 257-game career.
Briana Perez is the only UCLA senior to have started each of her 257 career games. Perez has started 256 of her 257 games at shortstop as well as started 155 straight games at the position. Perez has missed just four games in her five seasons (three missed in 2018 and one in 2019). Kinsley Washington was her replacement at shortstop for three games in 2018 and one in 2019. Briana's sister, Kylee, replaced her for one game at shortstop in 2018 as well.
Perez in UCLA's 300 Hits Club; Closes Gap on Nuveman
Briana Perez became the fourth member of UCLA's 300 Hits Club in her first at-bat of game two against Oregon State on April 23 with a single to center field. She joins her sister Kylee Perez (301), Stacey Nuveman (322) and Natasha Watley (395) as the only Bruins to achieve the feat. Briana is currently at 320 career hits and needs three to surpass Nuveman for second in UCLA's record books. Of Perez's 320 career hits, 110 have come for extra-bases: 53 doubles, 38 home runs and 19 triples.
300 Hits Sisters
Briana and Kylee Perez are the only sister duo to have 300 career hits for the same NCAA Division I program. Of sister duos to each rack up 300 career hits are the Perez sisters, Sydney Romero (Oklahoma) and Sierra Romero (Michigan) as well as Sydni and Cortni Emanuel from Georgia (Sydni played one season at Texas Tech).
Perez and the Single-Season Triples Record
Briana Perez leads UCLA with a career high seven triples in 2022. Perez's seven triples are tied for second most in a single season by a Bruin. Andrea Duran established the single-season record with eight in 2005.
One of the Greatest to Put on a Bruin Uniform
By the end of Briana Perez's career, she will rank top 10 in UCLA's career record books in...
• 1st in runs scored (260)
• 2nd in games played/started (257)
• 2nd in stolen bases (73)
• 3rd in hits (320)
• T-3rd in triples (19)
• 5th in doubles (53)
• T-6th in RBI (197)
• 10th in batting average (.384)
Perez Named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year
Briana Perez is the first Bruin to win Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Perez, who was also selected to the All-Pac-12 Defensive Team, joins Washington's Sis Bates as the only players in Pac-12 history to be named to four defensive teams in a career. In 2022, Perez has recorded 64 putouts and 69 assists for a .924 fielding percentage.
UCLA Second Nationally in ERA
The Bruins trail only Oklahoma for the national lead in ERA with a team average of 1.36. UCLA has ranked within the top three nationally and led the Pac-12 in ERA in each of the last four seasons dating back to 2019.
Best Pitching Staff in the Pac-12
UCLA's pitching staff ranks first in the Pac-12 in essentially every pitching category: ERA (1.36), strikeouts (442), K/7 (8.95), strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.23) and WHIP (0.82).
Faraimo Named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year
Megan Faraimo became the fourth player in UCLA history to be awarded Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year. 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.
Pick Your Poison
The Bruins boast the top two leaders in earned run average in the Pac-12 in Lauren Shaw (0.89) and Holly Azevedo (1.11) as well as the 2022 Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year Megan Faraimo, who leads the conference with 261 strikeouts.
Megan Faraimo leads the Pac-12 with career-best 261 strikeouts and 10.64 K/7 rate. Next closest is in the strikeout department is Oregon State's Mariah Mazon with 210. Of Faraimo's 261 K's, a conference-best 61 of them have come looking. She will have led the Bruins in strikeouts in each of the last three seasons by the year's end.
Faraimo notched her 20th win of the season in a relief outing against California on May 14. She is the 16th player in UCLA history to tally 20 wins in a season. UCLA has had two 20-game winners in the same season on eight occasions. Azevedo (19-2) needs one more win to make herself and Faraimo the first 20-win Bruin duo in 20 years:
• 2002: Keira Goerl (32) & Amanda Freed (21)
• 2001: Keira Goerl (27) & Amanda Freed (21)
• 1999: Courtney Dale (33) & Amanda Freed (27)
• 1997: B'Ann Burns (27) & Christa Williams (21)
• 1994: B'Ann Burns (21) & DeeDee Weiman (24)
• 1991: Heather Compton (22) & Lisa Fernandez (20)
• 1985: Debbie Doom (20) & Tracy Compton (20)
• 1984: Debbie Doom (24) & Tracy Compton (20)
• The Bruins are second in the nation with five no-hitters in 2022. UCLA has now thrown 5+ no-hitters in a single season eight times, last accomplishing the feat in 2002 when the Bruins twirled eight no-no's behind the arms of Keira Goerl (6) and Amanda Freed (2).
• Holly Azevedo tossed UCLA's first no-hitter of the 2022 season and the first of her career on opening night versus CSUN. Azevedo also threw UCLA's most recent no-hitter against No. 9 Arizona on March 20 in which she also established a career-high 13 strikeouts. Her performance marked UCLA's first no-hitter over a top-10 opponent (NFCA poll) since April 11, 2009, when Megan Langenfeld no-hit No. 3 Washington.
Perfection Strikes Three Times
Azevedo's performance against Arizona came on the heels of a week filled with perfection. The Bruins threw three perfect games within eight days from March 3-11. UCLA's three perfectos are tied for most in a single season (1982).
• Megan Faraimo tossed the first of three in a 12-0 victory (5 inn.) over Fresno State on March 3 at the Judi Garman Classic. Faraimo struck out 12 of the 15 batters she faced on the way to tossing the second perfect game of her career (first: vs. San Diego State on Feb. 24, 2021).
• Six days later, Lauren Shaw (2.0) and Faraimo (3.0) joined forces to throw the third combined perfect game in program history in a 13-0 victory (5 inn.) over Pennsylvania on March 10.
• The very next game, Faraimo struck out all 15 batters she faced in UCLA's 14-0 win over CSU Bakersfield. Faraimo needed just 59 pitches to attain perfection for the fourth time in her career (including combined) which ranks second all-time in UCLA history behind Debbie Doom's six perfectos. Faraimo opened the game with 30 consecutive strikes; her first ball came in the third inning. She allowed her hitters to make contact just seven times on foul balls.
Megantron Establishes Single-Season Saves Record
Megan Faraimo recorded her sixth save of the year to secure a 2-0 victory over Utah on April 30 as well as establish a new UCLA single-season record. She passed Megan Langenfeld's mark of five set in 2008. Faraimo leads the Pac-12 and is tied for third in the nation with six saves.
Megan Faraimo bested her 17-strikeout game against Oregon State in 2021 with 18 K's versus Tennessee at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic on Feb. 26. Faraimo threw 8.0 innings for the third time in her career to get the W.
The Bruins' 5-0 shutout over California on May 14 marked their Pac-12-leading 20th shutout of the season.
Winningest Duo in the Pac-12
Megan Faraimo (21-4) and Holly Azevedo (19-2) lead all Pac-12 starting pitching duos with a combined 40 wins. Faraimo and Azevedo's 40 combined wins rank second among Power 5 duos behind Florida State's Kathryn Sandercock and Danielle Watson's 47 combined wins.
Career Year for Azevedo
Holly Azevedo will hang up her cleats after undoubtedly the best season of her collegiate career in 2022. With the departure of Rachel Garcia from the pitching staff and Faraimo taking over as the No. 1 starter, Holly Azevedo has taken advantage of her time to shine as the second ace on the roster with a career-best 1.11 ERA, 132 strikeouts and 8.15 K/7 rate. All four of Azevedo's double-digit strikeout performances in her career have come in 2022, including a career-high 13 in her no-hitter of Arizona on March 20.
Lefty in the Circle in Westwood
Lauren Shaw, the Bruins' graduate transfer pitcher from Iowa, is UCLA's first left-hander on its pitching staff since Paige McDuffee (2013-17). Shaw has proven a valuable asset out of the bullpen with a mean changeup. She leads the Pac-12 with a 0.89 ERA in her 55.0 innings of work. Left-handed batters are hitting just .099 (7-for-71) off Shaw.
One of One
The Shelly Carlin UCLA Head Softball Coach Kelly Inouye-Perez is the only coach in NCAA Division I Softball to win a NCAA Championship as both a player and coach. Inouye-Perez won titles as a player in 1989, 1990 and 1992 and twice at the helm of the program in 2010 and 2019.
700 Wins for The Shelly Carlin UCLA Head Softball Coach
Kelly Inouye-Perez reached another milestone in her illustrious career at the Washington series finale on March 27 with her 700th career victory as head coach. She is the 40th active head coach to join the 700 win club and just the 10th member in that club to have a .700+ winning percentage.
Leading the Conference When it Matters
Delanie Wisz and Briana Perez ranked first and second in the Pac-12 during conference play with .469 and .395 batting averages, respectively. Wisz led the squad in Pac-12 competition with 22 RBI, seven home runs and a .542 average with runners in scoring position.
Wiszard of Westwood
Delanie Wisz has a knack for clutch hits:
• Game 1 at Oregon State (4/22): Go-ahead two-RBI double on a 3-2 count with two outs in top of seventh
• Game 1 at Stanford (4/8): Go-ahead solo homer to center in eighth inning to help UCLA to 3-1 extra-innings W
• Game 2 vs. Oregon (4/2): UCLA rode her two-run homer in the first inning and RBI single to 5-2 victory
• Game 3 at Washington (3/27): Solo homer in the seventh proved to be the winning run in UCLA's 5-4 triumph
31-Game Reached Base Streak
Delanie Wisz owns the Bruins' longest reached-base streak of the season with 31 straight games from Feb. 20 to April 22. It was the fourth-longest active streak in the nation by the time it was snapped. In that 31-game span, Wisz led the Bruins with a blistering .462 batting average and 10 home runs.
Getting the Job Done with RISP
The heart of UCLA's order – Briana Perez, Delanie Wisz, Maya Brady and Savannah Pola – is hitting for a .447 average (97-for-217) with runners in scoring position this season.
Garcia Announces Her Presence
Alyssa Garcia opened the postseason going 5-for-7 in Regional play, including an RBI double against Grand Canyon. Garcia has started 13 of UCLA's last 15 games at catcher. Garcia was moved up to the fifth spot in the lineup for all three games at Arizona State (5/6-5/8); it was her third, fourth and fifth time hitting in the five hole all season up to that point. Since the ASU series, Garcia is second on the team with a .536 batting average (eight games).
Washington's Last Ride
Kinsley Washington, the hero from the 2019 National Championship with a walk-off hit to bring home natty No. 13, is having the best statistical season of her career in 2022. In her final year in Westwood, Washington ranks fourth on the team with a season-high .340 batting average and third with 11 doubles.
• Washington led UCLA in its pre-conference schedule with a .432 batting average, .511 on-base percentage and 30 runs and was second with 15 extra-base hits.
• Washington opened 2022 on a tear, establishing a new season-high of five home runs just 10 games into the season.
Winning Time for Washington
Washington brings her game to a whole other level when postseason rolls around. Of the Bruins' experienced postseason players, Washington has played 32 games and hit for a UCLA-best .371 batting average. In the 2019 postseason, Washington hit for a .455 average on the way to securing Women's College World Series All-Tournament Team Honors. None of her eight hits in Oklahoma City were more memorable than the single to score Jacqui Prober to defeat Oklahoma and win the 2019 National Championship.
Perez Brings Postseason Experience
Briana Perez has played in 34 postseason games which is most on UCLA's active roster. Perez owns a .351 batting average, five home runs and 22 RBI in career postseason play.
Savannah Pola is tied for the team-lead and paces all Pac-12 freshmen with 15 doubles. Pola, who is the recipient of three Pac-12 Freshman of the Week awards this season, is third on the squad with a .348 batting average. Pola is tied with Wisz for UCLA's largest single-game RBI total with six in her 3-for-4 effort against Texas A&M on March 5. In that game, Pola racked up eight total bases with two doubles and a home run. Pola opened UCLA's pre-conference schedule (25 gms.) with a .408 batting average and team-high 16 extra-base hits.
Hot Start to Conference Play
UCLA opened its Pac-12 schedule with a program-record 10-0 start, besting its previous 9-0 mark to open the 2019 conference slate. The Bruins' swept Arizona, Washington and Oregon – all ranked with in the top 15 at the time of defeat – for its first nine wins.
Off to a Good Start
The Bruins have scored 92 of their 347 runs this season in the first inning – the most in any frame. The Bruins are 29-1 when scoring in the first. That one loss came to Northwestern at the St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational on Feb. 18. UCLA scored season-high 13 runs in the very first inning of the season against CSUN in the season-opener.
Faraimo, Azevedo Named Finalists for Player of the Year
Megan Faraimo and Holly Azevedo were named USA Softball 2022 College Player of the Year Top 25 Finalists on Wednesday. UCLA is the only team in the nation to boast two pitchers on the list. The Bruins are tied for second in representation amongst the top 25 finalists with fellow Pac-12 school Arizona State. Faraimo has now been named a USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 25 Finalist in back-to-back seasons. Stacey Nuveman (2002) and Rachel Garcia (2018, 2019) are the only two Bruins to have won the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award in its 19-year history.
Schutt Sports/NFCA Freshman of the Year Top 25 Finalist
Savannah Pola was named as one of the 25 student-athletes in the running for 2022 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year, the Association revealed on Thursday afternoon. Pola is UCLA's seventh honoree to make the top 25 list.
Kinsley Washington Named to Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Top 20
Kinsley Washington as named a top 20 candidate for the 2022 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar of the Year award, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education . In addition to their athletic ability, the students named 2022 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars are students of color who have maintained a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.5 and have been active on their campuses or in their communities. Washington has played a role in a bevy of community service activities during her five years in Westwood. She has volunteered with UCLA softball legend Natasha Watley and her nonprofit organization, the Natasha Watley Foundation, to help bring the sport of softball to marginalized communities.
Endowments to the UCLA Softball Program
UCLA softball alumna and 1982 NCAA Champion Shelly Carlin endowed a $1 million gift to the softball head coach position on Jan. 3, 2022. The gift is the largest ever to UCLA Athletics from a former Bruin female student-athlete. The Pledge follows UCLA's launch of the Women of Westwood initiative, which honors the 50th anniversary of Title IX by encouraging alumni, fans and friends of UCLA Athletics to help build a sustainable future for women's athletics programs. The softball head coach position will be known as the Shelly Carlin UCLA Head Softball Coach.
Happy Anniversary, '82 & '92 Bruins!
2022 marks the 40th and 30th anniversaries of UCLA's 1982 and 1992 NCAA Championships.
• Having won the most NCAA softball championships, it was only fitting that the Bruins won the sport's first title under the umbrella of the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 1982. UCLA posted a 33-7-2 overall record and allowed just 18 runs for the entire season. In the postseason, the Bruins gave up just one run in seven victories to sweep through the competition. After easily dispatching of Wyoming at their home Regional, the Bruins came out on top in four straight, one-run games at the Women's College World Series, including a 1-0 victory over rival Cal State Fullerton. In the championship game, Doom struck out 12 and despite getting just one hit, the Bruins scored twice in the eighth inning to defeat Fresno State 2-0. Doom was named the Most Valuable Player of the College World Series, pitching 41.2 of the Bruins' 45 innings and striking out 62.
• After Arizona spoiled UCLA's chances of four consecutive titles in 1991, the Bruins exacted revenge the following year with a victory against their Pac-10 rival. Junior Lisa Fernandez posted a nation-best ERA of 0.14 and was undefeated on the year at 29-0. Fernandez, an All-American and the Honda Award winner in 1992, was outstanding at the plate also, hitting .401 with 29 RBI. Not to be forgotten in the circle were junior hurlers DeeDee Weiman (11-1, 0.51 ERA) and Heather Compton (14-1, 0.67 ERA), who combined for 16 shutouts and 274 strikeouts. The Bruins blew away their first four opponents in the College World Series, winning by a combined score of 29-1 and recording two mercy-rule victories. In the championship game, it was a pitcher's duel between Fernandez and Arizona's Debby Day. The duo matched zeroes on the board until the bottom of the seventh inning. Gutierrez led off the frame with a single, moved over to second on a sacrifice by Jennifer Brundage and came home on Jenny Brewster's walk-off home run to left. Fernandez, who finished the year with 65 straight scoreless innings, was named to the All-Tournament Team along with Evans, Gutierrez and Kelly Inouye.