Megan Faraimo Honored as NFCA National Pitcher of the Week


March 23, 2023

Ross Turteltaub/UCLA Athletics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Redshirt senior Megan Faraimo on the No. 3 UCLA softball team has been named NFCA National Pitcher of the Week, the organization announced Tuesday morning. This marks the second time in Faraimo's career she has received the major weekly award (first: Feb. 18, 2020).

Faraimo, who was named the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week on Monday, led UCLA (27-3, 4-2) in the circle to both of its wins over No. 10 Washington last weekend.

The Oceanside, Calif. native totaled 10 strikeouts and 13.0 innings of shutout ball across her three appearances. With those blankings, Faraimo lowers her earned run average to a team-leading 1.36. That mark is good for fourth best in the Pac-12. In addition, Faraimo now leads the Pac-12 with 13 wins and 121 strikeouts this season.


Faraimo was dominant in her game two start, allowing just three baserunners in her two-hit shutout of the Huskies on March 18. In game three, Faraimo was called upon in relief in the second inning and kept Washington off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game. After surrendering a triple to the very first batter she faced, Faraimo did not allow another runner to reach scoring position for the rest of her outing.

With her two wins, Faraimo now has 85 in her career and trails Lisa Longaker (1987-90) by four for eighth on the Bruins' all-time list. Faraimo now has 889 strikeouts in her career. She needs 63 to tie Debbie Doom (1982-85) for third all-time at UCLA.

For the second time this season, a Bruin has been recognized by the NFCA for a weekly award. Maya Brady was named the NFCA National Player of the Week on Feb. 24.

Faraimo and the Bruins head to Eugene, Oregon this week to play a three-game series against Oregon at Jane Sanders Stadium. Game one of Friday, March 24, is scheduled for 6 p.m. (PT). Each contest will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.


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