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UCLA's Faraimo Throws One-Hitter; Bruins Look to Sweep Beavs
So far in the series, Oregon State has been held to just one hit in 14 innings.
What did UCLA softball do for an encore after Rachel Garcia’s 7-0 no-hitter yesterday? Megan Faraimo almost followed up with another 7-0 no-hitter, but, alas, she gave up a lead-off double to start the fifth inning. The score was the same, though — another 7-0 UCLA victory. Today, the Bruins try to make it three 7-0 games in a row when they face the Beavers again. First pitch is set for noon and the game will again be livestreamed.
Last Time Out
If it wasn’t for that fifth inning double, I may have started this by writing about how Megan Faraimo turned to Rachel Garcia and said, “Hold my beer….” Well, back-to-back no-no’s is a little much to ask.
But, think about this for a moment: UCLA and Oregon State have played 14 innings of softball since Friday and the Beavers have just one hit.
Meanwhile, the Bruins are tearing the cover off the ball. Sure, they haven’t beaten this weekend’s opponents with football scores like the UCLA baseball team, but at least the softball team has been scoring an average of one run per inning, and 7-0 twice could still technically be considered football scores with extra points in each game. The baseball team has missed an extra point twice against the Utes this weekend.
Anyway, the Bruins picked up where they left off on Friday when they scored twice in the first inning on three doubles by Briana Perez, Rachel Garcia and Maya Brady. Perez was first and then she scored on Garcia’s double who, in turn, scored on Brady’s.
UCLA added five insurance runs in the fifth. Two runs scored when Oregon State first baseman Frankie Hammoude committed a fielding error which scored Lauryn Carter and Delanie Wisz. Kinsley Washington hit an RBI double to center which scored Thessa Malau'ulu. Alyssa Garcia capped the inning with a two-run homer down the right field line to put the Bruins up 7-0.
Faraimo finished the day throwing a one-hitter, striking out 17 while walking none. The only other baserunner the Beavers could manage came in the sixth when Faraimo hit Oregon State catcher Missy Nunes with a pitch with two outs. She struck out the next batter to end the inning and what little threat there was of the Beavers scoring.
Today, the Bruins look to complete the sweep of the Beavers and they will try to find a way to top the first two pitching performances of this series, regardless of how tough that might be.
#2 UCLA Softball (24-2, 7-1)
Opponent: Oregon State Beavers (15-19, 3-11)
Where: Easton Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
When: 12:00 pm PT, Sunday, April 18, 2021
Live Stream: Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app
Live Stats: UCLA StatBroadcast