Feb. 16, 2013
HENDERSON, Nev. - Senior B.B. Bates continued her hot hitting, belting a pair of home runs in both ends of Saturday's doubleheader, while freshman Paige McDuffee tossed a no-hitter in the nightcap, as the 18th-ranked Bruins defeated San Jose State 8-4 and Seattle University 9-0 in five innings at the Easton Desert Classic at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park.
In game one against San Jose State, Bates hit two homers and posted five RBI for the second-straight contest to tie career bests in both categories. Eight Bruins had at least one hit, as they had 11 as a team. In the circle, sophomore Ally Carda picked up the win in relief to move to 4-0 on the season. She allowed just two hits in 3 1/3 innings of shutout relief, striking out four and walking five. Junior Jessica Hall, who went 2-for-2 with a homer and two walks at the plate, started in the circle and struck out five in 3 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and five hits. She had a 1-2-3 inning in the first and struck out a pair in each of the first two frames.
The Bruins (5-1) scored first against the Spartans (4-6) in the top of the second when Hall led off the inning with a second-pitch homer to straightaway center, her second bomb of the season.
The home run ball bit the Bruins in the third and fourth frames. Annica Wolfe led off the third with a single, and one out later, Markesha Collins homered to right-center to give the Spartans a 2-1 lead. One inning later, Jessie Hufstetler and Nicole Schultz hit back-to-back, two-out homers to extend San Jose State's advantage to 4-1.
UCLA cut the deficit to a pair in the top of the fifth when Bates launched a first-pitch homer to right, her fourth of the year, to make it 4-2.
In the top of the sixth, the Bruins sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six times to re-take the lead. UCLA loaded the bases to open the inning on three straight walks to Hall, freshman Brittany Moeai and freshman Mysha Sataraka. Senior Devon Lindvall followed with a bloop single to left-center to plate Hall to get the Bruins to within one. Another walk, this time to freshman Allexis Bennett, forced home sophomore Sam Duran, who was running for Moeai, to even the score at four. One out later, Bates connected again, this time to center for her first-career grand slam and the fifth, two-homer contest as a Bruin to put the Bruins up 8-4.
In game two, Bates had two more home runs and McDuffee tossed the 102nd no-hitter in UCLA history. Bates went 3-for-3 with four RBI, posting her sixth-career, two-homer affair to give her six bombs in three contests this weekend. Bennett and Goulder each added two hits for the Bruins (6-1), who had 10 as a team.
McDuffee struck out six in her second-consecutive, five-inning shutout performance, allowing only two baserunners on a one-out walk in the first and a one-out error in the third. The freshman retired the last eight batters of the game. She had 1-2-3 innings in the second, fourth and fifth and struck out the side in the second.
The Bruins jumped out to a 2-0 lead on one swing of the bat in the bottom of the first. Goulder led off with an infield single to second base, stole second and came home on Bates' sixth homer of the season and fifth of the weekend to left-center.
In the third, UCLA tacked on five to bust it open. Bennett opened the inning with a Little League home run. The freshman blooped a hit to shallow left and alertly took second while Seattle (5-3) left fielder Lisa Maulden picked up the ball. Maulden then threw wildly to second trying to get Bennett, as the ball skipped into foul territory in right field, allowing Bennett, who was credited with a double and a two-base error, to move to third and then come sliding into home for the Bruins' third run.
Goulder followed with a homer that cleared the fence in center, her second of the season, to make it 4-0. A Bates double to right and a LaRosa single up the middle put UCLA up 5-0, as LaRosa took second on the throw home and third on an error by center fielder Sarah Petosa. Hall then hit her second homer of the morning and third of the year to right-center to increase the advantage to 7-0.
In the fourth, the Bruins added two more on another Bates swing. With two outs, Duran recorded her first collegiate base hit in her first-ever at-bat on a single through the right side and came home on Bates' sixth homer of the weekend and seventh of the season to center to make it 9-0.
The only thing remaining in question was McDuffee's no-hitter. In the top of the fifth, Brittney Lott crushed a grounder to Carda, who trapped it between her legs, kept it in front of her and tagged the bag for the out. After McDuffee fanned Isabella Geronimo, Jenny Hurst hit a sharp grounder to third to Sataraka, who backhanded it and threw across to first for the final out.
The Bruins finish up the weekend with two games on Sunday at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park. UCLA will face Louisiana-Monroe at 9 a.m. on Field 3 and then Ohio at 1:30 p.m. on Field 2. Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com, as well as live updates via twitter.com/uclasoftball.