Aaliyah Jordan and Megan Faraimo Bring in Weekly Pac-12 Honors

 

GEORGE LAASE

Aailyah Jordan hits a solo home-run in the Bruins 3-0 win over 6th ranked Stanford to help the 3rd ranked Bruins beat Stanford last Sunday on the UCLA campus. The 33-4 Bruins face Oregon State at home on Thursday at 5 p.m., Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO – Aaliyah Jordan was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week and Megan Faraimo hauled in Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honors for the third straight week, the conference office announced Monday afternoon.

The No. 3 UCLA softball team has now received a Pac-12-leading nine weekly awards so far this season. Six different Bruins (32-4, 8-3) have been recognized which is tied for the most in a single season for UCLA (2008, 1997).

This marks Jordan's second Pac-12 Player of the Week award of her career and the first since her freshman 2018 season. Faraimo has been named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week four times this season and nine total times in her career, good for fourth most in Bruins' history.

Jordan made a triumphant return in her first home games at Easton Stadium in over a year, leading the Bruins with a .571 batting average, two home runs, a 1.429 slugging percentage, 10 total bases and three RBI in their sweep of No. 6 Stanford.

In game two, Jordan drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with her first homer of the year to lift UCLA past Stanford, 2-1. In the series finale, Jordan added an insurance run with her second longball in as many days in the sixth inning. Both of Jordan's home runs were to the opposite field.

Faraimo's four weekly awards this season are tied for second most in UCLA history. The last Bruin to achieve the feat was Rachel Garcia in the 2019 and 2018 seasons. Only Keira Goerl has won more with six honors in 2002.

The Oceanside, Calif. native pitched 10.2 innings of shutout ball and earned UCLA's first two wins of the series against the Cardinal. Faraimo was masterful in game one, striking out 15 in her sixth complete-game shutout of the season and her second versus a top-10 opponent. It was the 35th double-digit strikeout performance of her career.

In game two, Faraimo turned out 3.2 innings of scoreless relief and retired the last seven batters she faced to finish off the Bruins' 2-1 victory. Faraimo stretches her conference lead in wins to 17 and strikeouts to 153.

UCLA has received the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week award for the fourth straight week. Brooke Yanez won the award on March 13 before Faraimo's triad of accomplishments.

UCLA is back in action tomorrow afternoon for a midweek contest at UC San Diego, beginning at 5 p.m. (PT) at Triton Softball Field. The contest will be available for streaming on ESPN+.

 

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