Bruins OK Bound
Sweep Arizona in Super Regionals
May 24, 2018
The third-seeded Bruins got another outstanding performance by redshirt-sophomore pitcher, Rachel Garcia, and added some timely hitting, by scoring two of their three runs scored with two outs. The third-seeded Bruins advanced to the Women's College World Series for the fourth year in a row and 28th time with a 3-2 victory over No. 14 Arizona on Friday to sweep the Los Angeles Super Regional at Easton Stadium.
The Bruins (56-5 overall) will face the winner of the Tallahassee Super Regional between No. 6 Florida State and No. 11 LSU next Thursday, May 31 in Oklahoma City. Arizona ended its season at 43-16.
Garcia (27-3) pitched a complete game four hitter, striking out 10, giving up two runs and walking only one in seven innings. She struck out the side in the fifth and two each in the second and fourth, recording 1-2-3 innings in the second, fourth, sixth and seventh. The Bruins' offense had eight hits from five different players, as sophomore Bubba Nickles went 3-for-3 and freshman Brianna Perez had two hits.
Arizona, playing as the home team, scored first in the bottom of the first, as Alyssa Palomino hit a two-run homer to right. The Wildcats would get two more baserunners in their first at-bat, but left them on base, and had only two baserunners for the rest of the game, with no one reaching second base.
The Bruins posted single runs in the second, third and fourth. In the second, Garcia led off with a walk, and one out later, Nickels singled to right to move Garcia to third. Following a walk to junior Brianna Tautalafua, junior Taylor Pack was hit by a pitch to force in Garcia and get the Bruins their first run.
In the third, Brianna Perez extended her hitting streak to 19 games with a leadoff double. The 19-game streak is tied for the fourth longest in school history. A walk to redshirt freshman Aaliyah Jordan put two on, and after Arizona retired the next two Bruins, Nickles stroked a single to left to score Perez to tie the score at two apiece.
UCLA took the lead in the fourth on another two-out rally. Senior Kylee Perez reached on a two-out bunt single, Brianna Perez singled to center and Jordan singled up the middle to bring home Kylee to put the Bruins up by a run, which proved to be the game-winner.