Bruins Softball OKC Bound
By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
Youth prevailed last weekend as UCLA won the Los Angeles regional tournament earning it’s way to the Womens College World Series in Oklahoma City.
Freshman Megan Faraimo entered the circle and pitched five scoreless innings give up only two hits to the James Madison Dukes. Faraimo (16-4) was in control most of the way striking out 8 and allowing just 2 hits.
“We (Faraimo) and I literally sat down and had a talk this week” said Bruin head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez. “I told her she was in the game plan and she was going to get the ball in game two.”
Then in the sixth she allowed two runners on and then gave way to Holly Azevedo who allowed two singles and gave up two runs the only scores for the Dukes. Then entered Rachel Garcia who got the final five out to nail down the save her 4th of the year.
On the offensive side in the third inning Garcia ripped a single scoring Kelli Godin and Brianna Perez to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. That was followed by a two run blast by Taylor Pack giving the Bruins a 4-0 lead.
In the fourth sophomore Kinsley Washington and Godin singled and Bubba Nichols walked. Super Sophomore Aaliyah Jordan singled sharply to right scoring Washington and Godin giving the Bruins a 6-0 lead.
In the seventh, it was Pack who put the icing on the cake making the Bruins OKC Bound again going to “Rip City” this time over the center field fence capping off the scoring. “I just wanted to help the team” said Pack. “The team comes first, I just wanted to do my best to help out.”
Add Bruins: The Bruins will take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers 46-12 (20-2 Big Ten) in the opening game in OKC. They defeated LSU 5-3 and 3-0 to win the Minneapolis Regional. It is the gophers first trip to the big show and the Bruins 36th. They will be trying to win the 13th National title.