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Weber State's Chloe Camarero prepares to hit against UCLA in an NCAA Tournament Regionals game Friday, May 18, 2019, in Los Angeles.

UCLA pitcher Rachel Garcia entered the NCAA Tournament Regional opener against Weber State with a 20-1 record, a 0.98 ERA and 207 strikeouts in 136 innings.

Garcia ratcheted up the buzzsaw and Weber State's bats were helpless against the Bruins ace.

Garcia pitched six perfect innings, putting down 18 WSU batters in order en route to a 6-0 win Friday night in Los Angeles before being pulled prior to the seventh inning.

Garcia struck out 13 in the UCLA (47-5) win, which included an "immaculate inning" in the second (nine pitches, nine strikes, three strikeouts) that began a string of eight straight strikeouts.

WSU third baseman Chloe Camarero was the only Wildcat to hit the ball out of the infield against Garcia with a lineout to right field in the first inning.

Despite the struggles at the plate against one of the best pitchers in the country, Weber State (26-20) acquitted itself well for much of the night.

For example, Addie Jensen gave up only five hits in four innings, striking out two and leaving the game down only 2-0. Those two runs scored in the first inning after an error on a bunt single.

Landi Hawker showed her range in centerfield, chasing down a pair of deep drives off Garcia's bat to save runs.

Catcher Lauren Hoe threw out UCLA's Briana Perez trying to steal second. Perez was 18 for 18 in steal attempts this season, a program record, before Hoe fired a one-hopper off her knees, Syd White scooped it up and easily applied the tag for the caught-stealing in the third inning.

And, White deftly made a tag-out, throw-out double play at shortstop in the seventh to stave off an early conclusion via run rule.

UCLA used four straight hits against Tatiana Su'esu'e in the bottom of the sixth to extend its lead from 2-0 to 6-0.

Takesha Saltern reached via throwing error to lead off the top of the seventh, representing WSU's first baserunner of the night, but no Wildcats recorded a hit against reliever Holly Azevedo. It was only WSU's third loss in the last 22 games.

Weber State will face Cal State Fullerton (38-17) in an elimination game at 6:30 p.m. MDT Saturday seeking the program's first NCAA Tournament victory. The two teams met on March 8, a 1-0 victory for Fullerton after producing a two-out, RBI single in the seventh to hand Kate Donaldson a tough complete-game loss.

Contact Brett Hein at bhein@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter @bhein3/@WeberHQ and at facebook.com/WeberStateSports.

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