Wednesday, November 14

So far, the postseason has presented new challenges for UCLA softball – rallying from behind and losing to a team they beat earlier in the season. (Grant Mooney/Daily Bruin)

Tightly fought games awaken UCLA softball to pressures of postseason

The Bruins’ postseason run almost ended last weekend. After five games in three days, including three elimination games, No. 3 seed UCLA softball (54-5) discovered that the postseason is a different brand of softball – in which every game will be close. Read more...

Photo: So far, the postseason has presented new challenges for UCLA softball – rallying from behind and losing to a team they beat earlier in the season. (Grant Mooney/Daily Bruin)

So far, the postseason has presented new challenges for UCLA softball – rallying from behind and losing to a team they beat earlier in the season. (Grant Mooney/Daily Bruin)

Freshman Aaliyah Jordan leads the Bruins in seven offensive categories in 2018 en route to what has been their best season since the turn of the century. (Liz Ketcham/Daily Bruin)

Softball ends season with multiple honors, highest win percentage since 2000

The Bruins leave the 2018 regular season with seven straight conference series wins and two losses in their last 20 games. No. 2 UCLA softball (50-4, 20-4 Pac-12) produced its fifth 50-win season over the last 10 years. Read more...

Photo: Freshman Aaliyah Jordan leads the Bruins in seven offensive categories in 2018 en route to what has been their best season since the turn of the century. (Liz Ketcham/Daily Bruin)

Freshman Aaliyah Jordan leads the Bruins in seven offensive categories in 2018 en route to what has been their best season since the turn of the century. (Liz Ketcham/Daily Bruin)

The Bruins, Huskies and Ducks have topped their conference all year, and heading into the last weekend of Pac-12 play, the Ducks and Bruins are both within spitting distance of a conference title. (Liz Ketcham/Daily Bruin)

Top-ranked UCLA softball, Pac-12 rivals ready to swing into postseason

For 11-straight weeks, a Pac-12 team has topped the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association softball rankings. Two teams – UCLA (48-3, 18-3 Pac-12) and Washington (44-8, 15-8) – have held the No. Read more...

Photo: The Bruins, Huskies and Ducks have topped their conference all year, and heading into the last weekend of Pac-12 play, the Ducks and Bruins are both within spitting distance of a conference title. (Liz Ketcham/Daily Bruin)

The Bruins, Huskies and Ducks have topped their conference all year, and heading into the last weekend of Pac-12 play, the Ducks and Bruins are both within spitting distance of a conference title. (Liz Ketcham/Daily Bruin)

Senior pitcher Selina Ta’amilo tossed 5 1/3 inings of shutout softball against the No. 1 Washington Huskies on Sunday before being relieved by redshirt freshman Rachel Garcia, who finished the job, completing the 1-0 shutout. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

Softball closes strong weekend for the Bruins with three-game sweep

UCLA Athletics had a big weekend. Football fans got a glimpse of next year’s squad in the spring game, baseball outscored crosstown rival USC 42-6 in a three-game sweep and gymnastics brought national championship No. Read more...

Photo: Senior pitcher Selina Ta’amilo tossed 5 1/3 inings of shutout softball against the No. 1 Washington Huskies on Sunday before being relieved by redshirt freshman Rachel Garcia, who finished the job, completing the 1-0 shutout. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

Senior pitcher Selina Ta’amilo tossed 5 1/3 inings of shutout softball against the No. 1 Washington Huskies on Sunday before being relieved by redshirt freshman Rachel Garcia, who finished the job, completing the 1-0 shutout. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

Senior Kylee Perez and the No. 4 Bruins completed their third sweep of Pac-12 play this weekend against the No. 11 Arizona Wildcats. Perez logged seven hits and three RBIs over the course of the three games. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

Softball sweeps Arizona in back-and-forth three-game series

UCLA softball battled through five ties and seven lead changes in Tucson, Arizona, this weekend for its first and only road series in the state. The No. Read more...

Photo: Senior Kylee Perez and the No. 4 Bruins completed their third sweep of Pac-12 play this weekend against the No. 11 Arizona Wildcats. Perez logged seven hits and three RBIs over the course of the three games. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

Senior Kylee Perez and the No. 4 Bruins completed their third sweep of Pac-12 play this weekend against the No. 11 Arizona Wildcats. Perez logged seven hits and three RBIs over the course of the three games. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

The No. 3 Bruins used just two pitchers over the course of three games in the series against unranked Stanford, but were still able to take two of the three games. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

Pitchers dominate as Bruin softball strikes down Cardinal

As the battle for total national championships rages on, the Bruins and Cardinal met once again, this time on the softball field and with no championship at stake. Read more...

Photo: The No. 3 Bruins used just two pitchers over the course of three games in the series against unranked Stanford, but were still able to take two of the three games. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

The No. 3 Bruins used just two pitchers over the course of three games in the series against unranked Stanford, but were still able to take two of the three games. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin)

Junior utility Paige Halstead and the Bruins were able to put eight runs up on the board in their fifth straight win over Cal State Northridge. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin staff)

Softball defeats rival Cal State Northridge during midweek game

The estimated crowd attendance for Tuesday night’s matchup against Cal State Northridge was 853, something that took the team by surprise for a midweek game. “They completely change the atmosphere,” said coach Kelly Inouye-Perez. Read more...

Photo: Junior utility Paige Halstead and the Bruins were able to put eight runs up on the board in their fifth straight win over Cal State Northridge. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin staff)

Junior utility Paige Halstead and the Bruins were able to put eight runs up on the board in their fifth straight win over Cal State Northridge. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin staff)


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