Senior utility Thessa Malau’ulu crouches as she watches the batter. (Renee Rubanowitz/Daily Bruin)
This post was updated Feb. 21 at 9:27 p.m.
Mother Nature threw a curveball.
For the second time in two weeks, the Bruins had a game canceled because of rain, something uncommon for Westwood but not for Clearwater, Florida, the host site of the Shriners Children’s Clearwater Invitational.
The Bruins earned one win and one loss in back-to-back games Friday afternoon.
“It’s February, so we’re going to put ourselves in a position to just grind through the preseason,” said coach Kelly Inouye-Perez.
This post was updated Feb. 13 at 9:06 p.m.
A final crack of the bat in the fifth inning cemented the Bruins’ fate.
With Texas’ 16th run of the game, the Longhorns dealt UCLA its worst loss in program history.
The clouds had cleared, the storm had passed and an earthquake even shook – it was time for Opening Day.
Softball was finally back.
“Today is a part of the whole story in the journey of a team,” said coach Kelly Inouye-Perez.
This post was updated on Feb. 8 at 9:11 p.m.
Kelly Inouye-Perez spent five seasons as a backstop before launching her coaching career in 1994.
As part of her reshaping of the Bruins’ coaching staff, the five-time Women’s College World Series champion is now returning to the bullpen to individually coach the pitchers and catchers.
Softball’s introduction into the 1996 Olympic Games proved to be a massive moment for the sport.
“We had reached that pinnacle of athletics, and that’s being an Olympic sport, and getting onto the mainstream where we’re in the talks with soccer and women’s basketball,” said UCLA associate head coach Lisa Fernandez.
UCLA Athletics has produced 410 Olympic athletes in addition to coaches and other various staff. The 2020 Olympics had Bruins pick up 16 medals, adding to an overall count of 136 gold, 71 silver and 63 bronze medals.
This post was updated Jan. 18 at 12:11 a.m.
Fall quarter is nearly over, and the LA Bowl represents the final game for any of UCLA’s fall sports.
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