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Twice as Nice! Bruins Host UNLV for Another Twinbill Today
After sweeping UCSB, the Bruins host UNLV for another doubleheader this afternoon.
After sweeping a doubleheader against UCSB, the #2 UCLA softball team hosts another doubleheader this afternoon against UNLV. Not only did the Bruin sweep the Gauchos yesterday, they won both games in just five innings due to the mercy rule and by a score of 8-0. First pitch for game one today is scheduled for 2:00 pm PT and both games will be live streamed.
Last Time Out
Yesterday, Holly Azevedo threw 4-2/3 innings of scoreless ball while striking out two and allowing six hits and two walks. Rachel Garcia struck out the final batter in the top of the fifth.
The Bruins got on the board in the second when Delanie Wisz reached on an error and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Kinsley Washington.
In the fourth, Maya Brady led off and was hit by a pitch. Washington and Kelli Godin both singled to load the bases with just one out. That brought Bubba Nickles to the plate and she took the first pitch and went deep to left for a grand slam, giving the Bruins a 5-0 lead.
Wisz led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo homer to right center. Then, Brady also went yard to put the Bruins on the edge of a mercy-rule win. With one out, Washington dropped a bunt for a base hit. Thessa Malau'ulu came to the dish to pinch hit for Godin. Washington then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Gaucho catcher Teah Thies. When Malau'ulu singled to left, Washington scored, putting the Bruins up 8-0 to invoke the mercy rule.
UCLA wasn’t quite as dramatic in game two. Briana Perez started the Bruins off right with a one-out solo homer to right center. After Aaliyah Jordan walked and stole second, Rachel Garcia singled and moved Jordan to third. A sacrifice fly by Wisz allowed Jordan to tag and score to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.
With one out in the second, Washington singled to left. She, then, stole both second and third before scoring on an RBI single by Nickles which gave UCLA a 3-0 lead.
The Bruins started the bottom of the third with walks to Jordan and Rachel Garcia. After each walk, Kelly Inouye-Perez pinch-ran for each of them. Seneca Curo pinch ran for Jordan while Grace Guzman ran for Garcia. It didn’t matter because Delanie Wisz cleared the bases with her second home run of the day to make it 6-0, UCLA. After a Gaucho pitching change, Maya Brady kept the rally going with another Bruin walk. That brought Alyssa Garcia to the plate and she took a 1-0 pitch and put it over the right field wall, giving the Bruins an 8-0 lead.
Rachel Garcia relieved for starter Lexi Sosa and Garcia threw two perfect innings, striking out five of the six batters she faced and the Bruins had swept the Gauchos in five innings by a score of 8-0 in both games.
UNLV comes into Westwood today riding a three-game winning streak. In fact, the Rebels have only lost four games so far this season. Unfortunately for them, three of those four losses have come at the hands of Pac-12 opponents. They’ve lost once to Washington and twice to Utah. Their fourth loss was a mercy rule shortened loss to Seattle.
They don’t have a win against a high quality opponent. So, while today may not be another mercy-rule sweep like yesterday, I just don’t see the Rebels stealing a win today. Expect another Bruin sweep.