Long ball leads UCLA softball into NCAA regional final

Delaney Spaulding hit her second home run in as many games to lead UCLA to a 10-2 win over San Jose State on Saturday. (Photo courtesy UCLA Athletics)

In two games, the UCLA softball team has scored 18 runs with seven home runs. The Bruins have yet to play a full seven-inning game while cruising to Sunday’s NCAA Los Angeles Regional final after they run-ruled San Jose State 10-1 in six innings Saturday.

Delanay Spaulding, Madeline Jelenicki and Brianna Tautalafua each hit two-run homers Saturday while Rachel Garcia added her sixth homer of the season.

Spaulding has a team-high five RBIs in the regional tournament so far.

With Saturday’s win, the Bruins are one victory away from their fourth straight Super Regional. They need one win Sunday against Cal State Fullerton to host next weekend’s Super Regional. The first game is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Easton Stadium with the second at 6:30 p.m. if necessary.

Full recap of UCLA’s win Saturday.

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Rachel Garcia tosses no-hitter in UCLA win over Lehigh

Redshirt freshman Rachel Garcia knocked out her first career postseason appearance and her first no-hitter on the same night.

The ace from Highland High led UCLA to an 8-0, run-rule win over Lehigh on Friday night in UCLA’s regional opener. The Bruins will face San Jose State in the second round Saturday at 2 p.m. at Easton Stadium.

Of Garcia’s 80 total pitches, 54 were strikes as she faced only one batter more than the five-inning minimum. Working with catcher Paige Halstead, Garcia struck out eight, including five of the first seven batters she faced. The only blemish on the perfect game was a hit-by-pitch in the second inning.

“She was dominating today,” head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez said.

Delaney Spaulding led the Bruins on offense with three RBIs.

More on UCLA’s tournament-opening win.

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TJ Leaf’s intellect, charisma only helping his draft stock


TJ Leaf was lauded for his interview skills as much as anything during the NBA Draft Combine last week. The former UCLA power forward interviewed with 14 teams at the combine and has since worked out with three teams individually.

On Thursday, the projected first-round pick worked out for the Toronto Raptors – the Raptors pick 23rd in the first round – after which he talked about everything from his ability to score on three levels to whether Lonzo Ball would provide him some Big Baller Brand basketball shoes.

Leaf was the life of the party in the UCLA locker room last season, and gave some insight into what a charismatic person he is before stiffening up with the media as the season went along. Continue reading “TJ Leaf’s intellect, charisma only helping his draft stock” »

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Rachel Garcia leads UCLA softball into NCAA Tournament

Rachel Garcia won the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year award while helping UCLA softball to a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament. (Photo courtesy Katie Meyers)

Kelly Inouye-Perez knows great pitchers. The former UCLA catcher and current UCLA softball head coach won three NCAA titles as a player and caught games for Bruin legends Lisa Longaker and Lisa Fernandez who combined for seven first-team All-American honors.

So when Inouye-Perez says her newest ace Rachel Garcia reminds her a bit of Fernandez, it’s not just hyperbole.

“No one really got comfortable in the box with Lisa (Fernandez) pitching,” Inouye-Perez said. “It was her presence and ability to attack hitters really aggressively that put them in that position. Rachel is very similar.”

Garcia is possibly the next great UCLA pitcher as the redshirt freshman leads the Bruins into postseason play this weekend. .

More on Garcia, who will start against Lehigh on Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Easton Stadium.

Scouting the Los Angeles Regional field: Continue reading “Rachel Garcia leads UCLA softball into NCAA Tournament” »

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Men’s tennis advances to Elite Eight

Maxime Cressy clinched UCLA’s 4-1 victory over No. 13 Texas A&M in the NCAA tournament round of 16 on Thursday, sending the No. 5 Bruins to their sixth straight Elite Eight.

UCLA (22-5) will play host Georgia in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT after the No. 13 seed Bulldogs upset No. 4 USC in the Sweet 16.

After the Bruins won the doubles point, Evan Zhu scored an upset singles victory as he won in straight sets over Jordi Arconada, who is ranked 48th in the country, at No. 2 singles.

Joseph Di Giulio won in straight sets at No. 6 before Cressy’s 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 4 singles sealed UCLA’s spot in the next round.

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