Three Bruins Earn NFCA All-American Honors
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Megan Faraimo and Delanie Wisz were honored as NFCA Second Team All-Americans while Briana Perez was named to the Third Team. The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced the awards Wednesday afternoon.
This marks the first All-American honor of Wisz's career and the second of Faraimo's after being named to the First Team in 2021. This is the second year in a row that Perez was named to the Third Team.
Wisz, who leads the Bruins' offense with a career-best .407 batting average, 14 home runs and 58 RBI, was named a Second Team All-American as a catcher in just her second year ever playing the position.
So far this postseason, Wisz ranks first out of all players in the field of 64 with 12 RBI as well as leads UCLA with a .500 batting average. She is also hitting an astounding 6-for-9 with runners in scoring position. In Super Regional play, Wisz was 3-for-7 with three doubles and four RBI. In game two versus Duke, she had a go-ahead RBI double in the fifth inning and, two innings later in the final at-bat of her career at Easton Stadium, Wisz broke the game open with a two-RBI double.
During conference play, Wisz paced the Pac-12 with a .469 batting average and had several clutch hits that led the Bruins to victory: a go-ahead home run versus Stanford on April 8 in the eighth inning, a solo homer versus Washington on March 27 in the seventh inning which proved to be the difference in a 5-4 triumph as well as a game-tying, two-RBI double against Oregon State on April 22 in the seventh inning with the Bruins down to their final strike.
Wisz has recorded 17 multi-hit games as well as 13 multi-RBI games, including a career-high six RBI performance against Grand Canyon to open Regionals. Wisz hit the second grand slam of her career in that game.
Wisz also reached base in 31 straight games earlier this season which was the fourth longest active streak in the nation by the time it was snapped.
Wisz was named to the Pac-12 First Team on May 11 earlier this season.
Megan Faraimo, who was named 2022 Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, leads the Pac-12 with 278 strikeouts and recorded the first 20-win season of her career. Faraimo sports a 22-4 record and established a UCLA single-season record with seven saves. Faraimo has thrown two solo perfect games, including one where she struck out all 15 batters she faced against CSU Bakersfield on March 11 and pitched in on a combined perfect game in.
Faraimo has thrown 14 complete games as well as recorded 10 double-digit strikeout performances, including a career-high 18 strikeouts against Tennessee on Feb. 26.
Faraimo is the ace on a pitching staff that ranks second nationally in ERA (1.38) and leads the Pac-12 in the following statistical categories: ERA, strikeouts (463), K/7 (9.01), hits allowed (220) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.17).
Briana Perez, wo was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, leads the Bruins with a career-best 33 extra-base hits and is second on the squad with a career-best .393 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 NCAA Championship sojourn.
Perez leads UCLA with 20 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI performances.
Perez passed 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. Now up to 261 runs in her career, Perez averages 1.01 per game.
Perez ranks second on UCLA's career games played list with 259 appearances in the field, starting in every single contest. She needs five more to tie Stacey Nuveman for most all-time.