Carda and Bates Homers Lift #12 UCLA to 3-2 Win Over #2 Arizona State

March 22, 2013

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LOS ANGELES - Senior B.B. Bates had two hits, including the go-ahead home run in the sixth, while sophomore Ally Carda belted a two-run shot and earned the win in the circle, as the 12th-ranked Bruins defeated #2 Arizona State 3-2 in the Pac-12 opener on Friday at Easton Stadium.

Carda improved to 15-2 in the circle, tossing 1 2/3 innings of shutout relief. She struck out one and gave up one hit. Junior Jessica Hall started the contest and fanned one in 5 1/3, allowing two runs (one earned), five hits and three walks. All told, UCLA pitchers stranded eight Arizona State runners.

The Bruins (24-4, 1-0 Pac-12) had five hits, with freshmen Allexis Bennett and Britney Rodriguez also recording base knocks.

In the bottom of the first, the Bruins rallied with two outs. Sophomore Stephany LaRosa drew a walk and Carda crushed her 11th homer of the season over the pollen-laden trees in left to put the home squad up 2-0.

After leaving a runner on in both the first and fourth innings, and two more in the third, the Sun Devils (29-3, 0-1 Pac-12) finally broke through with two runs in the fifth. Nikki Girard led off the frame with a homer to left to cut the deficit in half. The Sun Devils then loaded the bases with one out and a sacrifice fly to center for Haley Steele plated Alix Johnson to tie the score at two. However, Arizona State would strand the remaining two runners.

The Bruins re-took the lead one inning later. On a 3-2 count, Bates tattooed a pitch over the trees in right field, her 14th homer of the season, to put UCLA up 3-2.

In the seventh, the Sun Devils, who left another on in the sixth, had the tying run in scoring position following a leadoff double by Johnson. But Carda retired the next three to seal the UCLA win.

The Bruins and the Sun Devils are back at it on Saturday at 6 p.m. Gametracker and free live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com, as well as live updates at twitter.com/uclasoftball.


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