By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
UCLA’s Megan Faraimo earned Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year honors, fellow Bruin Briana Perez was selected Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year
The 2019 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and a 2021 NFCA First Team All-American, Faraimo adds to her historic UCLA career with her first Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year award. The 2022 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top-25 Finalist claimed two Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honors this season and became the 17th pitcher in program history to reach 50 career wins. Faraimo is second in program history in solo perfect games (3) and total perfect games (4) and already holds the Bruins’ single-season saves record (6)..
Perez has been a defensive presence all season long. She has tallied 56 putouts, only committed eight errors and boasts a .938 fielding percentage heading into the final weekend of the regular season. Offensively, Perez became just the fourth Bruin to join the 300 hits club and is also UCLA’s career runs scored leader. This season, she has stolen 15 bases to bring her career total to 72. She leads the conference in triples (6), has driven in 37 runs, hit 10 home runs and scored 40 times.
The pair will lead the Bruins to their 37th NCAA Tourney as they host the Regionals this weekend in Westwood.