College softball: No. 7 UCLA blanks No. 14 Michigan 4-0
FULLERTON, Calif. - Redshirt freshman Rachel Garcia and junior Johanna Grauer combined on a five-hit shutout of No. 14 Michigan on Thursday, while junior Madeline Jelenicki and sophomore Zoe Shaw each had a pair of hits and an RBI, as the seventh-ranked Bruins blanked the Wolverines 4-0 at the Judi Garman Classic at Anderson Family Field.
BRUINS WIN!!!! Grauer and Garcia combine to blank #14 Michigan, as #7 UCLA beats the Wolverines 4-0. Two hits each for Shaw and Jelenicki. pic.twitter.com/Nmqu4b7SGr— UCLA Softball (@UCLASoftball) March 3, 2017
The Bruins (14-3) had seven hits from five different players. Garcia improved to 7-3 on the season, striking out six and giving up five hits and no walks in 5 1/3 innings. She had a 1-2-3 frame in the fourth, striking out a pair. Grauer started and struck out two in 1 2/3 innings of hitless ball, walking three.
The Bruins scored a pair of runs on a pair of doubles in the third. Senior Gabrielle Maurice led off with a walk and scored on a Shaw double to left-center. Senior Delaney Spaulding followed with a double to center to plate Shaw to make it 2-0.
Nothing across in the top of the fourth, as Garcia K's two more. Four for the game. 2-0 Bruins, B4. Jelenicki, Tautalafua and Perez up. pic.twitter.com/Gm2cgPcpGF— UCLA Softball (@UCLASoftball) March 3, 2017
UCLA added two insurance runs in the sixth. Sophomore Paige Halstead led off with a single to left and moved to second on an error, with freshman Jenna Crawford coming in to run. Jelenicki followed with a single to right-center to score Crawford to make it 3-0, as Jelenicki took second on an error. Sophomore Brianna Tautalafua then singled to center to plate Jelenicki with the Bruins' fourth run.
Michigan (10-5-1) left runners on base in six of the seven innings and 10 total.
The Bruins take on No. 1 Florida on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Fullerton's Anderson Family Field.