Bruins jump on Arizona early, take game 1 of Los Angeles Super Regional

2018 NCAA Super Regional Softball Arizona vs UCLA at Easton Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Rick Gurrola / fi360 News)

Los Angeles,CA- Closed mouths don’t get fed.

The bats for UCLA’s softball team have been nothing but quiet this season. The Bruins hit 4 home runs Thursday night and defeated the Arizona Wildcats 7-1 in the Super Regional.

“This team is just hungry,” said senior Madeline Jelenicki. “This team I lose.”

Jelenicki lead the Bruins tonight with 2 home runs and 3 RBI’s. Senior Kylee Perez also hit a home run and scored the game first run in the 1st inning off a double for Aaliya Jordan.

UCLA scored in each of the first 3 innings and clobbered in 5 more runs in the 5th inning.

“Tonight I was most proud of my team. My team did a really good job of playing UCLA softball,” said head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez. “I thought we had a great approach and a great meter at the plate.”

Rachael Garcia was on the mound once again for the Bruins. She struck out 8 batters and didn’t allow a hit until the 4th inning. Garcia was coming off 500 pitch regional round and two complete games on Sunday.

“As a personal goal I try to be 1% percent better every game,” said Garcia.

Garcia did damage on the other side of the mound as well. Garcia hit a two run homer to start the 5th inning scoring parade for the Bruins. Garcia has homers in back-to-back games giving her 11 for the season.

Jelenicki slammed the door on the Wildcats with her second home run of the game to give UCLA its biggest lead of the game.

UCLA is looking for its 4th consecutive ticket to the Softball College World Series and even though the Bruins have had success against the Wildcats, Inouye-Perez isn’t looking past their close-out game tomorrow night.

“The scoreboard wipes clean, we have to get after it again.”

First pitch is scheduled at 6pm at Easton Field.